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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. She 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.