Alexia Helsley 

Alexia Jones Helsley 1 Northpine Court Columbia, South Carolina 29212 alexiahelsley@yahoo.com www.historyismybag.com Alexia Jones Helsley is an archivist, historian, educator, and genealogist. She joined the staff of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in 1968. During her 33-year career, she spent twenty years in reference, including twelve as supervisor, and also served as Director of Public Programs. Retired in 2001, Helsley still works with the department part time primarily in public programming and as editor of the Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1828 1859. In addition, she is an instructor in History for the University of South Carolina-Aiken and manages a historical and genealogical consulting business. Also, she was one of the South Carolina researchers for PBS African American Lives2 that aired in February 2008. On 29 April 2006, State Archivist Roy Tryon on behalf of the South Carolina State Historical Advisory Board presented her with the 2006 Governors Archival Award for exemplary work in promoting the use and understanding of the States documentary heritage. In April 2007 Helsley received the University of South Carolina Aikens first part time teaching award. This October she was inducted into the Beaufort High School (S. C.) hall of fame. Helsley is the author of a number of books and articles on South Carolina history. Her latest - Lost Columbia: Bygone Images from South Carolina's Capital was published in October, 2008. The History Press of Charleston also published A Guide to Historic Henderson County, North Carolina which she wrote with her father. Dr. George A. Jones, A Guide to Historic Beaufort, South Carolina and Beaufort, South Carolina: a History. Among her other publications are South Carolinas African American Confederate Pensioners, 1923 1924; South Carolinians in the War for American Independence. The 1840 Revolutionary Pensioners of Henderson County, North Carolina, Silent Cities: Cities and Classrooms, and Unsung Heroines of the Carolina Frontier. In addition, she coauthored African American Genealogical Research and the Many Faces of Slavery.. Helsley is also a contributor to the South Carolina Encyclopedia (University of South Carolina Press) and the Encyclopedia of Anti-Slavery and Abolition (Greenwood Press). Her article on Rebecca Motte will appear in South Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times to be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2009. She is a frequent state and regional speaker on South Carolina genealogical and historical topics. Her South Carolina genealogical program, Branches, first aired on SC-ETV in 2005. She lectures on South Carolina research for the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University and has served as president of the South Carolina Archival Association. She has also lectured for conferences sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society. Alexia Helsley is a member of the South Carolina Historical Association, the University South Caroliniana Society, the South Carolina Archival Association, the National Genealogical Society, the Old Darlington Chapter, SCGS, the Joseph McDowell Chapter, NSDAR and Richland Sertoma. In addition, Helsley, an ordained deacon, is active in her church First Baptist Church of Irmo and serves as church treasurer. Helsley, a graduate of Furman University (magna cum laude) earned her MA in history from the University of South Carolina. She and her husband Terry have two children and one grand-daughter. Hobbies include sketching, music, beach walking, and waterfalls.
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