Tuesday, October 30

Garden History Author Panel Discussion and Book Signing featuring Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq and Louisa Pringle Cameron.

 Main Library Auditorium, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

 Please join us for a discussion highlighting Anne LeClercq new book from University of South Carolina Press,  A Grand Tour of Gardens: Traveling in Beauty through Western Europe and the United States and Louisa Cameron’s very popular Private Gardens of Charleston and Secret Gardens of Charleston, which have just been re-issued. The authors will also sign copies of their books, which will be for sale at the event.

Program is free and open to the public.

Researchers who are interested in South Carolinians who served in World War Two or are trying to track down marriage information will want to view our two new guides. Please click on the ‘Research Guides’ tab at the top of the page to view pdfs of the new material, which highlight available service records for World War Two and marriage records for Charleston County and the surrounding area.

Please join us for three great programs that are free and open to the public at the main library in May 2012. In addition to a lecture by our staff member Christina Shedlock, the South Carolina Room is fortunate to host two authors for book signings and discussions of their latest works.  Read more about the programs below:

Wednesday, May 2

South Carolina in the Great Depression


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


Join historian and South Carolina Room staff member Christina R. Shedlock for an illustrated discussion of South Carolina during the nation’s worst economic slump in the past century. The lecture will include descriptions and reminiscences of life during the Depression, as well as the state’s slow recovery through the federal programs of the New Deal.  The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 10

Author Talk and Book Signing, From Animal House to Our House, with Ron Tanner


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

Author Ron Tanner will be speaking at the library as part of a national tour for his new book, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, a true recounting of he and his girlfriend’s quest to restore a historic Victorian house in Baltimore to its formal glory after being ransacked by its previous owners, a rowdy fraternity. Described as an ideal book for ‘lovers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, and fans of old houses’, Tanner’s discussion of is latest work is sure to entertain. Program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 17

Author Talk and Book Signing, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a South Town, with Jack Shuler

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

Orangeburg, South Carolina was the location of the one of the most violent college campus incidents during the Civil Rights era, known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Author Jack Shuler will discuss his new book from University of South Carolina Press, Blood and Bones, which explores how and why the shootings occurred, as well as the community’s ongoing reaction to the event. Program is free and open to the public.

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.