About Me


Cheri Hudson Passey has been researching her family and helping others start their research since the early 1980s. Born in Camden, South Carolina, her ancestors have been in the state for many generations. She is truly a "Carolina Girl".  A love of history and genealogy has grown into a passion for researching names, dates, and places and adding flesh on the bones with family pictures, stories, and ephemera.

Cheri is the owner of Carolina Girl Genealogy, LLC. Along with traditional client research, her Genealogy 1-on-1 Research Services include classes that provide individual and group instruction and coaching for all levels and needs. She also enjoys speaking and writing about the many aspects of family history and has spoken at local and state workshops, organizations, and conferences. She has also been an instructor at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.

She is a member of a team of genealogical researchers for the U.S. Army in their effort to repatriate Soldiers who have been listed as Killed in Action. By using her skills to locate next of kin, it is hoped positive identification through DNA testing will occur when remains are discovered and our war heroes can return home to their families.

Cheri is a member of the National Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists,  APG-SL Chapter, where she serves as the chapter liaison, The South Carolina Historical Society, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, The North Carolina Genealogical Society, and several South Carolina Genealogy Societies. She currently serves as the Program Chair and is a past President of the Grand Strand Genealogy Club. She also serves as the Treasurer for  Geneabloggers and on the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy (SLIG) Committee. She is currently the Vice President of Society and Organizations for the National Genealogical Society.

Believing strongly in continuing education, she is a graduate of Pro-Gen, the National Genealogy Society American Genealogy, Course and has attended the Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy, The Midwest African American Genealogical Institute,  The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg, and The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research taking various courses to deepen and broaden her research skills.

Her blog, Carolina Girl Genealogy, has been instrumental in connecting with and sharing information about her family and the research process.

You can also find Cheri on Legacy Family Tree Webinars, where she has a series of lessons called "Getting Started in Family History" , several Tech Zone Videos, and Genealogy Topic Webinars. 

Need help with your genealogy? Looking for a speaker or instructor?
Contact Cheri: Cheri@CarolinaGirlGenealogy.com
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