25 February 2009

Breaking News: New SC Marriage Records in ALE

Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) is always updating their databases.

As of mid-February, you can search 5 different databases of marriages performed in specific parts of SC, for a specific period between 1732 to 1887 covering more than 15,000 marital unions. The 5 databases are:
Charleston, South Carolina, Marriage Records, 1877-1887; Columbia, South Carolina Newspaper Marriage and Death Notices, 1838-1860; Greenville, South Carolina Marriage and Death Notices, 1826-1863; York County, South Carolina Marriage and Death Notices, 1823-65 ; and, South Carolina Newspaper Marriage Notices, 1732-1801.

Please bear in mind that the marriages noted in these 5 marriage records databases in no way includes all marriages performed in the State of South Carolina between 1732 and 1887. But it is a good start -- especially if your ancestors lived in Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, or York. Particularly spiffy are the digital images of "Return of a Marriage" records for the City of Charleston.

ALE is a subscription database that Beaufort County Library pays for visitors inside our facilities to use to search for their ancestors. You can only search ALE inside our buildings on our public computers. You cannot access ALE from home. You cannot get to ALE via WIFI inside some of our buildings. Ask at any of our BCL Reference Desks for assistance in navigating this very valuable resource.

As part of the Beaufort County Library's Open House on Saturday, Feb. 28th, I will be demonstrating some of the features of ALE at the Beaufort Branch Library for our customers and visitors. So drop by and see me to learn more about how to make good use of ALE.

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