While I was entering a death certificate into Legacy, I saw that the deceased was born in Salley, South Carolina in 1845. When I tried to enter Salley, Aiken, South Carolina, United States into Legacy I got an error message.
Screenshot from Legacy 8.0
I then clicked on the Online County info button which brought me to the Aiken County, South Carolina FamilySearch Wiki Page. There I found, “10 March 1871: Aiken was created from Barnwell, Edgefield, Lexington and Orangeburg Counties.” Now I have a problem. Which county was Salley actually in in 1845? This is where AniMap comes in. AniMap allows me to pinpoint a specific location and then I can see how the state and county boundaries changed around that location over time. I chose 1832 because that is the date of the last boundary changes prior to 1845.
Screenshot from AniMap 3.0.2
Salley was in Orangeburg County in 1845. Now I can enter the correct information into Legacy. You always want to record your location as it was at the time of the event.
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