Friday, July 31, 2009

Genealogical Organizations and Public Libraries Cutting Hours

If you are planning to visit historical/genealogical societies and public libraries, especially those requiring that you travel some distance, verify the hours of operation prior to your visit!

During these unsettled economic times, many such facilities are having to reduce hours of operation as part of their cost-cutting measures. Some have already adjusted their hours while others will be doing so in the coming days and months.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Webcasting a Family Reunion

In response to a radio listener’s inquiry, Computer/Digital Guru Kim Komando provides guidance on how to Webcast a family reunion for the benefit of family members unable to attend. Additionally the listener would like to record the reunion. The specific question, as well as Kim’s comprehensive response, can be found in her “Tip of the Day” for 7/28/2009.

To see Kim’s tip on Webcasting a family reunion, copy and paste the following URL into you web browser:


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

GenealogyWise - New Social Networking Site Dedicated to Genealogists

If you’re into social networking (and even if you’re not), you might want to check out GenealogyWise. Launched by on July 14th, GenealogyWise is open to anyone to join.

An announcement by, Inc. advises:

“The service allows users to join surname groups, explore ancestral records, share photos, video, and family trees. Users can create a profile to tell others about their research interests, to receive and respond to emails from other users without publishing an email address, to create online family trees and personal research pages, and to collaborate with other users. The service is completely free.”

Groups currently participating in GenealogyWise include Ancestry Family Tree users, Legacy Family Tree fans, Family Tree Maker Fans, groups concerned with specific states and many more.

To visit GenealogyWise and/or sign up, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:


Legacy Family Tree 7.0 Update Available

Legacy Family Tree’s latest update,, is now available for downloading by users. For a discussion of what’s new, changed items and what’s been fixed, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:


Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Books in Chapin Memorial Library's South Carolina Room (July 2009)

Title: South Carolina’s Military Organizations During the War Between the States, Vol. I: The Lowcountry & Pee Dee
Author: Seigler, R. S.
Call Number: REF S.C. 973.7457 Seigle Vol. 1

Title: William McCullough, Southern Painter, in Conversation with William Baldwin, Southern Writer
Author: Baldwin, W. P., & McCullough, W.
Call Number: REF S.C. 759.13 Baldwi

Title: Those Who Remain: A Photographer's Memoir of South Carolina Indians
Author: Crediford, G. J.
Call Number: REF S.C. 975.7 Credif

Title: Ghosts of the Pee Dee
Author: Johnson, Talmadge
Call Number: REF S.C.133.109 Johnso

Title: Rice Planter and Sportsman: The Recollections of J. Motte Alston, 1821-1909
Author: Alston, J. M., & Childs, A. R.
Call Number: REF S.C. BIO Alston

Title: The Ancestor Roster : A Cameo of the Ancestors of the Members of the Colonial Dames Seventeenth Century, 1915-2005
Author: National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century
Call Number: REF S.C. 929.373 Ancest

Title: Proprietary Records of South Carolina, V.2: Abstracts of the Records of the Register of the Province, 1675-1696
Author: Bates, S. B., & Leland, H. C.
Call Number: REF S.C. 975.702 Bates Vol. II

Title: Proprietary Records of South Carolina, V.3: Abstracts of the Records of the Surveyor General of the Province, Charles Towne 1678-1698
Author: Bates, S. B., & Leland, H. C.
Call Number: REF S.C. 975.702 Bates Vol. III

Title: Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion
Author: Wood, P. H.
Call Number: REF S.C. 975.7 Wood

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

“Mountain Memories”

The Charleston (WV) Gazette periodically features a section dedicated to West Virginia history and genealogy. West Virginia writers, historians, genealogists and photographers are featured in this section: “Mountain Memories.

To view articles published to date, copy and paste the followng URL into your web browser:


Saturday, July 4, 2009

New Headstone Device for Military Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is currently designing a medallion to be affixed to an existing, privately purchased headstone or marker to signify the deceased's status as a veteran.

If requested, this new product will be furnished in lieu of a traditional Government headstone or marker to those veterans that died on or after Nov. 1, 1990, and whose grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker.

It is estimated that this new medallion will be available before the end of calendar year 2009. Claims will begin to be accepted at that time.

Note: This benefit is only applicable if the grave is marked with a privately purchased headstone or marker. In these instances, eligible veterans are entitled to either a traditional Government- furnished headstone or marker, or the new medallion, but not both.

For complete details and for updated information regarding the new medalion, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Requirements to Obtain Chapin Memorial Library Card Have Changed

The requirements to obtain a Chapin Memorial Library Card have changed -- effective July 1, 2009.

City of Myrtle Beach Residents

  • Free Library Card available

Horry County Residents

  • Annual Card for Primary Card Holder: $20.00
  • Additional Cards for *family members: no charge
Individuals who live outside of Horry County (NON-Resident Library Card)

  • 90 Day Card: Primary Card $8.00
  • Additional Card for *Family Members: $2.00 per card
  • Annual Card: Primary Card $20.00 annual fee
  • Additional Card for *Family Members: $8.00
* Family member defined as any person in the same household related by blood, marriage, or other legal means to the primary cardholder.

For complete details, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: