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Research Tools - Biography and Genealogy
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Library Databases

Electronic resources marked with an asterisk are provided by DISCUS - South Carolina's Virtual Library.


America's Historical Newspapers
In Library |  Home Access
Historic American newspapers in full text from 1690's to 1922. 


Ancestry Library Edition
In Library Only
Search over 1.2 billion records in 7,500 databases including U.S Census records (1790-1930) and UK Census records (1841-1901), plus sources for U.S military, land, court, immigration, probate, vital records and more.

Biography in Context*
In Library |  Home Access
Biographical information on people of achievement.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
In Library | Home Access
An online collection of research titles in the following subject areas:  Biography, Business, Education, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Mulitcultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. 

Heritage Quest
In Library  Home Access
American Census records (1790-1930), genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman's Bank records and the LexisNexis U.S Serial Set. 

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Best of the Web - Biography

Biography.com – Prominent actors, athletes and politicians.

Political Graveyard – Index to politicians and their offices held, date of birth, marriage and death.


Best of the Web - Genealogy

Family Search.org  Birth, marriage, death, census, church and other indexes.

Rootsweb.ancestry.com  Select freely available content and links. Note: The Ancestry Library Edition product is available within library branches.

Vitalrec  Finding aids to United States birth certificates, marriage documents and death records.

Cyndi’s List  Collection of links to genealogical resources based on location, kinds, pathfinders and historical time periods.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System  Contains records on the 6.3 million soldiers in the war, medal of honor awards, 384 significant battles and additional cemetary records.

National Archives & Records Administration African-American Research

Mocavo   genealogical search engine of freely available content

Olive Tree Genealogy

USGenWeb Project

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Additional Resources

Specialized Collections
Charleston Archive | Primary Source MaterialsSouth Carolina Room 

More Web Site Sources
Charleston Multimedia Project | Genealogy WebsitesGrace Memorial Bridge Photo Gallery | Remembering the Cooper River Bridges | South Carolina Web Sites

Resources by Library Staff
Blogs: Charleston Archive | South Carolina Room
Newsletters: NextReads (Biography and Memoir)
Twitter Feeds: @ChasLibrary

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