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Billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos and more from countries all over the world. Available only in the library.

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Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.

This collection provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States.

American genealogical sources — rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps and more.

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Searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages

Provides free online access to historic local and regional newspapers originating throughout South Carolina since the 1700s

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South Carolina

Maps of South Carolina tend to be an very helpful element of genealogy and family history research, particularly if you live faraway from where your ancestor was living. Since South Carolina political borders frequently changed, historic maps tend to be crucial in assisting you discover the precise specific location of your ancestor’s hometown, just what land they owned, who their neighbors ended up being, and a lot more.

List of South Carolina governors since colonial times with links to biographies.

African American

The IAAM Center for Family History is a one of a kind, unprecedented research center with a special focus on African American genealogy.

Search the Research Wiki for African American Genealogy

Last Seen is recovering the stories of families separated in the domestic slave trade. You can search thousands of Information Wanted Ads taken out by former slaves to look for your ancestors, help us transcribe these ads, and find out how educators are using these family stories in their classrooms.

The Slave Dwelling Project envisions a future in which the hearts and minds of Americans acknowledge a more truthful and inclusive narrative of the history of the nation that honors the contributions of all our people, is embedded and preserved in the buildings and artifacts of people of African heritage, and inspires all Americans to acknowledge their Ancestors.

Native American

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