25 November 2015

Thanksgiving Holidays

The Research Room is open Monday, Nov. 30, 10 am to 5 pm and Friday, Dec. 4th, 10 am to 5 pm. Research slots on  Tuesday, Dec. 1, Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thurs., Dec. 3rd are by advance appointment only. Please call 843-255-6468 or e-mail gracec@bcgov.net to make arrangements.

23 November 2015

BDC Gives Thanks for ...

The Island Packet asked the Library staff and community members to share what we were thankful for beyond "Family, Friends, and God." (As it was explained to us, almost everyone in Beaufort County is thankful for "Family, Friends, and God.") When we had to pick just one, we chose to highlight how grateful we are that Dr. Rowland’s magnum opus, The History of Beaufort County, 1514 - 2006, is now available. Here's the photo that Traci Cox took of researcher Dr. Davis Folsom holding Volume 1, 1514 – 1861; Ashley Sylva, BDC Preservation Associate, holding Volume 2, 1861 – 1893; and me holding Volume 3, 1893 – 2006 on November 13th in our Research Room.

But we're grateful for even more! 

  • The BDC staff is thankful for all the fine presenters who've freely given of their knowledge, time, and skills to bring local history, archaeology, genealogy, Gullah culture, and natural history to our customers in 2015, viz.:  Dr. Chester DePratter; Dr. Jon Leader; Lilith Logan; Kimberly Morgan; Akosua Moore; Dr. Sue Moore; Meg Gaillard; Matt Newberry; Dr. Eric Poplin; Dr. Larry Rowland; Dave Smoot; Dr. Steve Smith; John Stevens; Charles Wersler; and (last but in now wise least) Dr. Stephen Wise. 

  • The BDC staff is thankful for the opportunity to help our customers explore Beaufort District's long and storied history in our Research Room, in the Branch Libraries, over the telephone, or by e-mail through our resources, social media, and programs.
  • We are thankful for our three docents: Joe Noll, who works with our permanent vertical files; Peggy Cass, who's indexing a section of the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection; and Nelson Brown, who has taken on the task of creating and indexing our obituary files. Each one is working on a project that helps us help our customers better. 
  • We are grateful for the (anonymous and named) donors who've given us materials to share with others that enhance understanding of Beaufort District's past and present. 
  • In addition, the BDC staff is pleased to have formed and/or continued our partnerships with the Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina; the Beaufort County Historical Society; Coastal Discovery Museum; Georgia Southern University; Historic Beaufort Foundation; Lowcountry Digital Library; Parris Island Historical and Museum Society; SC Department of Natural Resources South Carolina Historical Society; South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology; and the University of South Carolina Libraries.
  • Furthermore, we are grateful to have been asked to speak about our resources and services to groups at the Coastal Discovery Museum; the Clover Club; the Dataw Island Community Club and the Beaufort Rotary Club.

From our Donner Collection http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/lcdl/catalog/lcdl:1844
All that gratitude tends to wears a body out. Beaufort County government allows us to take a few days off over Thanksgiving. Please note that the Library system, and its special local history collection and archives, (that is, of course, the Beaufort District Collection) will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holidays. Regular hours resume Saturday, Nov. 28th.

18 November 2015

Looking for a Newspaper Obituary?

One of my favorite genealogy gurus, John Michael Neill offered this "Genealogy Tip of the Day" on November 16th:
It’s easy to locate an obituary in one newspaper and move on to another research task. In some locations, there may have been several newspapers in the area that might have published a death notice or an obituary on your ancestor. One may have easily included bits of information that were not mentioned in others.

Ask yourself: “Are there other newspapers that might have published an obituary?”

You never know what you will find until you look.
I reckon that the circumstances here in Beaufort County may be replicated across the globe. Some years we have more than one newspaper; other years, we have no newspapers at all. So, the number of local newspapers or regional newspapers in which you should look in hopes of finding a published obituary for one of your ancestors could vary widely.

The Beaufort District Collection has the following newspapers for you to use in our Research Room:

19th Century

Palmetto Herald (March 17, 1864 - December 29, 1864)

Free South (January 17, 1863 - November 19, 1864)

New South (March 15, 1861 - September 29, 1866) – also online at http://library.sc.edu/digital/collections/newsouth.html

Beaufort Republican (October 12, 1871 - October 16, 1873) – also online at http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042623/

Port Royal Commercial and Beaufort County Republican (October 23, 1873 - April 1874) 

20th Century

*Palmetto Post (January 5, 1882 - December 27, 1906)

*Beaufort Gazette (July 16, 1903 - Present)
*County Democrat (July 20, 1910 - December 1, 1911)

Beaufort Times (June 21, 1944 - December 20, 1945)

Sea Islander (September 13, 1968 - December 1974)

*Island Packet (January 1974 - Present)

Hilton Head Report (January 1986 - March 1988)

Bluffton Eccentric (June 25, 1987 – December 31, 1991) – Hardcopy only

Hilton Head Sun (February 1988 - May 1989)

Lowcountry Ledger (December 1988 - December 1991) – Hardcopy and microfilm

Hilton Head News (January - December 1993; January - December 1996)

Beaufort Catalyst (May 22, 1993 - December 31, 1995)

Bluffton Packet (January 1994 - December 1995)

Hilton Head News (January - December 1993; January - December 1996)

21st Century

*Beaufort Gazette (July 16, 1903 – March 31, 2010)

*Island Packet (January 1974 – March 31, 2010)

*Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet (These newspapers substantially merged in April 2010 – Present. We microfilmed the two newspapers into one microfilm to remove duplication of identical content across the two newspapers to cut microfilming costs.)

*Beaufort Today Hardcopy only

*Bluffton Today  

*Hilton Head Island Today

Island News Hardcopy only

We provide an online index to the obituaries drawn from select of these newspapers at http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/obituary-files/public/deadpeople_list.php?a=showall. The bulk of the obituaries indexed were published from 1882 to 1984.  *(One- asterisk symbol) indicates that entries for at least some of the issues of the newspaper are in the obituary index. 

Please bear in mind that there is no legal requirement in the State of South Carolina that an obituary for a deceased individual is published in a newspaper. This online index does not include the actual text of the obituary notices. It lists only dates and newspapers in which the notices appear. 

We provide a very limited, fee-based service to help customers who cannot or choose not to come into our Research Room to perform their work. We limit our obituary service to providing a photocopy or scan of an obituary notice for a deceased individual as found in our local newspaper microfilm. Most requests for assistance are completed within fourteen working days of the receipt of the payment. 
Obituary Services Fees

LEVEL 1: The deceased is listed in our Online Obituary Index file which is found at  http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/obituary-files/public/deadpeople_list.php?a=showall.  
Please attach the citation from the Online Obituary Index with your request for assistance. 

Per listed individual:  $5.00

LEVEL 2: The deceased is not listed in our Online Obituary Index file. If the deceased  individual is not listed within the current index you must provide a precise date of death with your  request. We will not perform this service without an exact date of death. Please note that we read only seven issues after the date of death you provide to us.

Per unlisted individual:  $10.00  - whether or not we are successful in locating an obituary for the person you requested.    

To Place an Order: 
1.  By E-Mail:Submit orders by e-mail to: asylva@bcgov.net

2.  By US Post Office Mail: Submit requests and payments (made payable to "Beaufort County Library") by postal mail to:
Beaufort District Collection
ATTN: Ashley Sylva
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 (USA

3.  By Telephone: Telephone requests can be submitted by leaving a voicemail message at (843) 255-6468. Please speak clearly and slowly. Leave your telephone number and name so that staff can return your call to verify your address and the topic of your request.

16 November 2015

Library System Closings for Thanksgiving Holiday

All branches of the Beaufort County Library System will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25th. All branches and departments will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, November 28th.

13 November 2015

Archaeologists on Site Saturday

Gather up your unidentified items and bring them down to the Research Room for identification Saturday, November 14th from 10 am until 1 pm.