Tracing one’s ancestry can be a daunting task. Television programs entice us to discover our past, but then reality gives us roadblocks. Enter the Florence Library’s E. N. Zeigler South Carolina History Room where during regular business hours you can access the many online, microfilm, and print materials that can assist you in “finding your roots.”
To start, first time researchers can pick up a “Genealogical Chart” to complete; this will graph the family roots that are already known. From there, you may be directed to one of the many online sites, such as the much-publicized Ancestry.com site, which you can access for free while visiting the Library.
There are also other amazing online resources, from the Census Bureau site to the National Parks Service site, which provides a “soldiers and sailors” Civil War database. You can even find authors and historical figures’ census records:
There is an 1868 record of Registered Voters in Florence which includes many African American citizens…several old Florence City Directories listing who lived at a particular street address…obituaries from many newspapers dating from 1924… state cemetery information…and more. In fact, there are so many resources that the Room provides a pamphlet listing them.
While you are there, take a moment to get a glimpse into the Pee Dee region’s geographic heritage, too. Ask to see the wall-sized pre-Revolutionary War “Mouzon map” of our area: George Washington used a copy of this map during the war. It is so detailed that you can even find Jeffries Creek.
The Zeigler History room remarkable asset, providing users surprising glimpses into history. The Friends of the Florence County Library is indeed proud to be a supporter of the E. N. Zeigler South Carolina History Room.