Join local genealogy expert Wevoneda Minis and CCPL  historians Christina Shedlock and Dr. Nicholas Butler for an overview of research strategies, tips for overcoming  complications in  African American family research, and a  discussion of helpful local  resources.  This event will take place in the Main Library Auditorium on Monday, September 26th at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Please click the link below for more information and to view the program flyer:

African American Genealogy program

Main Library Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

 Native South Carolinian Skip Johnson will discuss his newly published guide to the city, A Charleston Primer for Yankees: History With A Southern Accent. Useful for locals and visitors to the city alike, Johnson’s book provides an easy to understand, entertaining look at the history of the city from its founding to the present. The author will have books for sale and will be available to sign copies and answer questions after the program.  Please click on the link below to view the program flyer:

Johnson Program Flyer

Please click on the link below for a new brochure featuring a breakdown of the department’s collections, with a map and organizational guide to facilitate researchers in finding the records they need while planning their visit.  The brochure can also be found under the “About Us’ tab at the top of the blog page.

Guide and map to SC Room

Deed Research and Conducting a Chain of Title 

Making sense of deeds and property records can be a daunting task, but is often useful for genealogists wishing to find where their ancestor’s homes and land were located. This is brief introduction to how deeds are organized and indexed, how to format them to trace a historic property from the past to the present or vice versa, and some important steps to start the process. This guide is geared towards resources at the Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance, but should be useful for research in other counties as well, as deeds across the state are essentially organized in the same fashion. There is also a list of books in CCPL’s holdings that contain useful deed information abstracts.

Please join us on Saturday, November 13th at 1:30 for a special program on conducting family history research. Genealogical lecturer and Post and Courier columnist Wevonneda Minis will discuss how to get the most out of family history interviews. The one-hour PowerPoint presentation will instruct how to conduct oral interviews that lay a solid foundation for successful genealogical research.
Please see attached flyer:

Please join us in the Main Library auditorium on October 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for “Above and Below: The Maritime Archaeology of South Carolina Shipwreck Sites”.  The hour-long program will be hosted by the Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, a division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Come listen to maritime archaeologists talk about the history and archaeology surrounding a variety of South Carolina vessels.  Ashley Deming and Carl Naylor, part of the Maritime Research Division at the University of South Carolina, will discuss the archaeology conducted by SCIAA on many of the shipwreck sites in South Carolina waters. (taken from promotional flyer)”  To view the flyer for the event, please click below:

Maritime Program Flyer

The South Carolina Room staff has completed several map indexes to make our uncataloged collections more accessible.  The maps are broken down into sub-sections, including Charleston city, Charleston County, South Carolina and the Southeastern region, and miscellaneous, which maps of the harbor and other topics.  There is a separate index for each of these collections, which are available under the finding aid link as keyword searchable pdf files.  Please check back soon for more map indexes!


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