Southern Roots

Family history research in the Southern States.

South Carolina Archives

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is located in Columbia, South Carolina. They have a great collection of state and county records available for research and they have online guides to their collection. The website includes a page with information on genealogy research at the archives. They also have a collection of online, digitized records that the interested researcher can view, accessed by an online index. This includes records like Confederate pension applications and Colonial plats. They do offer a limited research service with an online request form. If they find the record you are looking for they will notify you of the cost for copies and after receiving payment they will fill the request. I did not find any explanation of their fees or if there was an additional fee for out of state researchers.

Check out their website at:


January 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

North Carolina Office of Archives and History

The North Carolina State Archives is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. They collect and preserve county records, state agency records, veterans records and non-governmental records. They have an online finding aid (MARS) that helps you see how the records are catagorized. As I was browsing through this catalog I came across some Revolutionary War records for a Whitmel Harrington. I’ll have to check this out because he may be one of my ancestors.

Records are available for onsite research. They will also respond to mail or email requests, as long as it is a specific request for a look-up in a specific record – no general research requests. There is a $20 fee for out-of-state researchers.

The URL for the North Carolina Office of Archves and History is:

January 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Library of Virginia

I spent some time this evening exploring the Library of Virginia website. The Library of Virginia, located in the city of Richmond, is the archives which houses many of the historic records of Virginia. Their website includes descriptions of their collections, research policies and procedures, an online catalog search and more.

The staff can assist the researcher in learning about the resources that are available, but they cannot perform research for you. They do participate in Interlibrary loan and many of their records are on microfilm. They also maintain a list of professional researchers. One of their web pages is a guide to the “most useful” records for different time periods.

They also have some online resources: several indexes (marriage, obituary, funeral home records, etc) and a searchable collection of digitized Bible records. A great site to visit if you have roots in this area.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tennessee State Library and Archives

I decided to begin my exploration of resources for Southern States research by taking a look at the different state archives, what resources they offer online or by mail, what other kinds of information they offer. So I’ll begin with the Tennessee State Library and Archives since many of my family used to reside in Tennessee.

One of the great finds on the TSLA website is the online indexes. There are state death indexes for 1908 to 1912 and 1914 to 1925. They also have an online index to Confederate pension applications and other Civil War materials.

TSLA has also created fact sheets for Tennessee counties which provides the researcher with a bibliography of resources that the archives has for each county. They also have a page that informs the researcher of what records can be requested by mail and what the cost is. They have created informational pages for different types of records that they have. These pages give historical background on the different types of records and lists of records that are held by the archives.

There is also a page for “History and Genealogy” with information on how to use the resources of TSLA for your research including links to the different types of records, instructions for using their mail order service and forms that you can use to request a search. 

They have a lot of helpful information on their website and it would certainly be a good site to visit if you were planning a trip to research in Tennessee. They seem to have a good selection of resources.

Link to website:

April 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment