Last week, the SCDNP team traveled to Winnsboro, South Carolina to host a workshop for the Fairfield County Genealogical Society. Laptops in hand, the excited attendees used the hour to learn more about our digital newspaper program and to get hands-on experience navigating and searching Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, a database of over 7 million historical newspaper pages.
The SCDNP team focused the workshop on showing attendees some useful tips and tricks for searching the database, especially while doing genealogical research. The team also highlighted some of the newest South Carolina titles added into Chronicling America, including several newspapers from Fairfield County.
Fairfield County newspapers are chock full of interesting contemporary stories as well as rich histories of the county’s communities and people. Virginia Pierce, SCDNP Project Manager, found some great examples to show off at the workshop including the 1866 “Historical Sketches of Fairfield District”; “Personal Reminiscences: Prominent Men of Western Fairfield, Who Lived Long Ago,” an article from 1880; a letter to the editor of the Fairfield News and Herald in 1899 entitled, “Old Brick Church”; and a 24-page Memorial Edition of the News and Herald in 1910.
During the last part of the workshop, the SCDNP team provided individual assistance while attendees practiced their own searches. As the genealogists searched their family names and communities, the team offered guidance and answered questions. A great time was had by all!