This past week I received some good questions that I would like to answer. The first question comes from a man that wanted to know where he could go locally to do research.
The Augusta Genealogical Society (AGS) Library located at 1109 Broad Street in Augusta is a great place to start. The AGS boasts over 15,000 volumes on their shelves. This place is a treasure chest of information. Not only do they have books covering the greater Augusta area, they have materials that cover the entire United States and some foreign countries. Membership is only $25 a year. They also have several books for sale. They are too numerous to list but you can give them a call at 706-722-4073 to see what is currently available.
The Family History Center (FHC), located at 835 North Belair Road in Martinez, is another place you need to visit. This is the local satellite library for the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This particular FHC has an impressive number of microfilms and microfiche on site. What they don't have they can order for you. You only pay the postage to and from Salt Lake.
Two of the local libraries have nice historical collections. These resources include local history books, cemetery books, census records, microfilm, assorted land/deed/court records and published family genealogies donated to the libraries. The Thomson-McDuffie County Library is located at 338 Main Street in Thomson and the Lincoln County Library is located at 181 North Peachtree Road in Lincolnton. The Thomson-McDuffie County Library has some local history books for sale. The Lincoln County Library has even published a genealogy book of their own; Lincoln County Cemeteries, compiled by Betty Sue Dunaway Bunch and Larry Raymond Butler which is also for sale.
Another question that was asked is which genealogy computer program is the best. There is no "best." You need to use whichever program makes sense to you. All of the programs handle pretty much the same information and only differ on how the information is arranged and displayed on the screen. All of the programs available today will convert your file to a GEDCOM format which means that two people that are using two different computer programs can share files between each other. I have two different programs on my computer. I use one for my own personal research and I use the other for research I do for other people. I like both programs. Most of the research I do for others is actually done in a word processing program. You use whatever best meets your individual needs.
Someone else presented a genealogical dilemma to me that was easily solved with one little bit of information. Do not forget to pay attention to when counties were formed and from what other counties they were formed from. This person was unable to find a particular marriage record in Columbia County. This marriage took place in 1788 so the record was actually in Richmond County.
Keep those questions coming!