Library News & Notes

Hurricane Local History Program this Thursday

Today the story of the “Tide of Death” of 1893 is largely unknown outside our region. Nevertheless, the Great Sea Island Storm still ranks in most registers as the fifth most deadly hurricane in US history. It remains the biggest natural disaster to befall Beaufort District. Read more about this devastating storm and the upcoming BDC program about it at Hilton Head Branch Aug. 27th in our Connections blog.

BDC & USC-B Libraries Announce Rowland & Wise Author Book Talks

The long awaited volume 2: Rebellion, Reconstruction, and Redemption (out now and available for check out in the Local History sections at the branch libraries) and volume 3: Bridging the Sea Islands’ Past complete The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina to 2006 (release date October 31, 2015). The authors will offer a brief presentation about their work and autograph your copies at several locations in the Fall.Read More...

Check Those Mortality Schedules, 1850 - 1880

Most budding genealogists know that they should check the Federal censuses for their ancestor but many overlook checking the various Mortality schedules for their ancestor. If your ancestor happened to die between June 1, 1849 - May 31, 1850 or June 1, 1859 - May 31, 1860 or June 1, 1869 - May 31, 1870 or June 1, 1879 - May 31, 1880 you may miss a treasure lode if you overlook the Federal Mortality Schedules.Read More...

Local History in August

We're reaching out to the community tonight through the USC-B Reception and Book Signing with Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise. (At long last, volume 2 of the History of Beaufort County South Carolina is published and on library shelves!) We're taking some of our own Civil War, Reconstruction era, and phosphate mining treasures to display. Library Director, Ray McBride and Library Assistant Director, Jan O'Rourke will be on hand to meet-and-greet you and answer any questions you might have about the Library system.Read More...

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