Files of the Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, Moved to the Historical Commission in Darlington

The Old Darlington District Chapter (ODDC) recently lost its home. However, it has reached an agreement with the Historical Commission in Darlington to take most of their collection as a permanent loan.

Their collection includes thousands of family surname files including an extensive collection of African-American funeral programs from the Hartsville community, a series of Civil War letters from Alexander F. Byrd (Co. E, 6th SC Volunteers) to his wife, an estimated 2,500 books covering South Carolina history and genealogy as well as history and genealogy from across the Southeastern United States, an extensive collection of microfilm and microfiche, maps, Carson Steen’s Hartsville Oral History Collection, the Skinner family collection of thousands of genealogical files from all areas of South Carolina, Jeannine W. Talwar Genealogical Collection, Carrie Lee Kalber, Beaufort County family history of the Erwin, Lawton and Allied families and the Jill King Lyles – Welsh Neck Baptist Association records from 1730s to 1990s, and many others.

Details may be found in an article by Ardie Arvidson in the SCNow web site at

One Comment

THIS will ensure that they are not lost, but I wonder if they have (Darlington) changed their research policy…. yrs. ago when I was in SC they would only let you look at ONE book / document at a time….. and they all were keep in locked glass door cabinets…. was too much trouble to do any research there! But I finally found my Trent NJ trail in Kershaw Co., Historical Archives!!


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