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Discover Family History

Posted on December 19, 2019 by

As families gather for the holidays, it can be a great time to begin exploring your family’s history. The Anderson County Library System has a wealth of resources and tools to aid your genealogical research. The South Carolina Room, on the second floor of the Main Library, is staffed with archive and local history experts ready to help you get started, answer questions, and assist with any of the resources available free with your library card. Many of these resources are even available from home!

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Not sure exactly where to begin? HeritageQuest, available from your home through the library’s website, is a great first step. Search or browse through records from the U.S. & Canada Census, the Freedman’s Bank, U.S. Indian Census rolls, Revolutionary War Era Pension & Bounty-land Warrant files, U.S. obituaries, the full text of over 20,000 family and local histories, and more.

Ready to go more in-depth? Try Genealogy 101 from Universal Class. Also available from home, the course has 13 lessons ranging from constructing a family tree, introduction to basic resources, and improving research strategies.

Doing local research? The new Local Obituary Index is available through the library’s website. SC Room staff regularly update this searchable index of obituaries from Anderson County newspapers. It currently covers 1950-1954, 1971, 1980 & 2010-2018, and the indexing continues to add more obituaries. Copies of the obituaries may be printed from the microfilm records in the South Carolina Room.

Already visiting the library? Access to Ancestry – Library Edition is available at all library locations. Ancestry has extensive historical and genealogical information from the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world.

Still looking for more? South Carolina Room staff teach classes on these resources and other ways to get the most out of your family research. Upcoming classes at the Main Library: Links to the Past: Probate Records on January 21 and Exploring Family History through DNA on January 29. To register or for more information, call 260-4500 x130 or email

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