The South Carolina Room has added two microfilm sets to its collections this month. * Records of the Field Offices For the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872. This set consists of over one hundred reels of information. The Bureau records include lists of former slaves, where they lived before and after the war, a list of plantations across the state, and property confiscations. They also include bounty claims and pension records for black soldiers, regulation of written labor contracts between freedmen and planters, and medical department records. The S.C. Room has reels for the whole state of South Carolina, organized by field office location. * Marriage Records of the Office of the Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1861-1869. One of the goals of the Freedmen’s Bureau was to legalize the previously unrecognized marriages of former slaves and organize those records. This set includes marriage records from all of the slave states. These two collections are invaluable for African American genealogists and plantation researchers. Each microfilm set has a usage guide and description available for patrons.
City Directories can be useful for patrons doing genealogical, statistical, or property research, and the South Carolina Room has a collection dating from 1782 to 1999. Please note that some years are missing, and certain years include more information than others, but each Directory has an alphabetical list of city residents. Beginning in 1890 the Directories also include indexing by street address, and volumes from 1905 to 1961 also include a list of the race of residents. Some of the Directories are on microfilm or microfiche, and the 20th century volumes are hard bound. Please feel free to use the finding aid to see what years we have available. The S.C. Room also has an index for patrons to use while viewing the Directories that lists what information is listed in each volume (example: 1790- names, societies, tax list, city government.)