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Family History Workshop


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Family History Workshop

  1. 1. Researching Newspapers and City Directories Family History Workshop Richland County Public Library Resources
  2. 2. City Directories – Columbia, SC <ul><li>A record of residential and business information for a particular year and town. </li></ul><ul><li>Street directory. </li></ul><ul><li>Available at the Main Library. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1875 - present (with gaps) – Local History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1903-1935 (with gaps) – Periodicals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Random Recollections of a Long Life, 1806-1876 by Edwin Scott J.(Biography) </li></ul><ul><li>Old and New Columbia by J.F. Williams </li></ul>
  3. 3. Statistical Information <ul><li>May provide valuable vital statistics: occupation, marital status, number of children, race, address. </li></ul><ul><li>More recent directories have less “statistical” information than older directories. </li></ul><ul><li>Residents were generally divided by race until the late 1940’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Indexed by the name of the “Head of Household.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Genealogy <ul><li>They help locate a resident in a particular place or time. </li></ul><ul><li>Directories can help determine the ward a resident lives in for census searches or to fill in census gaps. </li></ul><ul><li>They can also help narrow down a year of death. </li></ul><ul><li>Directories provide a glimpse into the details of an ancestor’s life: where they shopped, went to church, or school, etc. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Online city directories <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina online </li></ul><ul><li>Ancestry Library Edition </li></ul>
  6. 6. Newspapers, Columbia, SC <ul><li>Source for vital statistics. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Obituaries and death notices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marriage announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divorces notices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Birth announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Real estate transactions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Newspapers at RCPL </li></ul><ul><li>The State : Feb 18, 1891 – present </li></ul><ul><li>Started by the Gonzales brothers; Ambrose, William and Narcisco (N.G.) as a protest to the election of Benjamin Tillman in 1889 to the U.S. Senate. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Additional Newspapers <ul><li>Palmetto Leader : 1/1/1925 – 9/14/1957 (with gaps) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbia’s African American newspaper. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nathaniel Frederick – editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>George H. Hampton – publisher </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Although this paper was the “principal voice of black protest in the state” the Palmetto Leader also chronicled social and church activities. It published news items from cities and towns from around South Carolina including news about births, deaths, and marriages. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other newspaper titles available at RCPL <ul><li>Columbia Register : 7/28/1875 – 1898. </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Record : 1897 – 4/3/1913. Continued by: </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia Record : 4/4/1913 – 4/1/1988 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Newspaper Indexing at RCPL <ul><li>Record of Deaths in Columbia South Carolina and elsewhere as recorded by John Glass 1859-1877 : edited by Brent Holcomb. </li></ul><ul><li>RCPL Online Obituary Indexing. </li></ul><ul><li>Front page death lists 1937-present. </li></ul><ul><li>The State Indexing 1892-1912. Microfilm. </li></ul><ul><li>The State/Columbia Record: 1973-1987. Microfilm. </li></ul><ul><li>Obituary Index to The State: WWII Servicemen Killed In Action: 1941-1949 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Online newspaper indexing at RCPL <ul><li>RCPL databases: </li></ul><ul><li>Newsbank : The State 1988 - present; obituaries – approx. 1998-present. Other local newwspapers. </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Historical Newspapers 1891-1921 . </li></ul><ul><li>Community Resources database: 1892-1923 ; 1891 partial in Local Magazine and Newspaper Index. </li></ul><ul><li> . </li></ul><ul><li>The State Library Online Obituary Portal: 3/ </li></ul>