Margaret G. Waters, Genealogist
Margaret has been doing genealogical research since 1991. In 1999 she began focusing on collecting survey plats for land in Orangeburgh District and trying to map the locations of each plat. Initially she wanted to determine where her many Orangeburgh District ancestors’ properties were located but quickly realized that it would be necessary to study an entire neighborhood to be able to map most of the plats.
Orangeburgh District courthouse records such as deeds, wills, and court records were lost during the Civil War. This makes it especially challenging to track changes in land ownership prior to 1866. Margaret’s goal is to assemble and recreate, when possible, as many of those missing records as she can.
Margaret has been a professional genealogist since 2005. She works towards the highest standards of the profession as set forth in the Genealogical Proof Standards. Margaret belongs to several genealogical and historical organizations. She has taken advantage of ongoing educational opportunities such as the National Genealogical Society’s annual conferences and The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University.
Margaret has published four books and has additional ones planned. She writes frequent articles for the Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter and has had several articles presented in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research. Multiple authors have had her produce maps for their articles and publications.