This is how I first started off with my Graham family line. I got the phone book and sent a letter explaining who I was and what I was doing and asked for their help in locating anyone knowing anything about my Middleton Graham. The only reply I got was a hit. George Graham of Saluda, SC wrote in what I could tell was the hand of someone very old. He said his Grandaddy was a slave of Middleton Grahams and that he had written a booklet on the slaves and their families which included information on Middleton, would I like one. Of course I would. He sent me one. Let me say I included a self address envelope with a stamp. I treasure his letter to me and the booklet as it had good information on my family. Since then, I had a great niece of his contact me on Grahams who knew nothing of the booklet and sent her a copy . We became good friends and she came to SC and we went with her aunt to the land of Middleton's plantation. I also was fortunate to meet the agricultural agent who volunteered to take me to many sites that had connections with my family. The slave descendant told me to contact Mr Roger Crouch, now deceased. These two gentlemen got me going on my research. Finding older residents and visiting them for interviews have proven to be very good sources. I have found it not only rewarding to listen to them. Often I left them feeling that I was closer to God by their responses. Always write them and send a lot of questions you will be interested in. That way they can think about it before you go. I took a tape recorder with me so I wouldn't have to write while we talked and a small gift. One man I went to visit was in a nursing home and in his late 90's. When I got there so many people flooded into the entry just to see a stranger come in. Mr. Griffith came through pushing them aside, saying "That's my woman. That's my woman.l" They are starved for attention. He could not hear well, but because I sent questions and I had a pencil and pad, I could communicate with him well. These older people were so intelligent...he would have been born in 1880 as I went when I was in my twenties. I am 71 now. You just have to be unafraid to get out and search for people and not only do you find out about the family, but you learn about how life was in that area for my great grandaddy and a lot of history.