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Lancaster County, South Carolina

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

I thought with the recent arson of the Lancaster County Courthouse, I might take this opportunity to post a summary of my page on Lancaster County, South Carolina and the genealogy resources that we link to.

Lancaster County was formed in 1798 from the old Camden District. Many of the early settlers here were from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That area was named for the region in England of the same name. This was the same Lancaster with the symbol of the red rose that had opposed the House of York in England in the War of the Roses. Read the rest of this entry »

Sad news in Lancaster County, SC this summer

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

I know, buildings can be rebuilt, but there is something undeniably sad about such a beautiful structure being intentionally burned as the Lancaster County Courthouse. I hear there are charges in the case, it is arson. The good news is that no one was injured and it sounds as though no records were lost in the blaze, but still… it’s a sad sight. More at the mad genealogist. Maybe I’m sensitive to the issue particularly because where I live in Western North Carolina there are some courthouses that have been burned several times over the years. Many records in those counties are nonexistent until very recently due to the courthouse burnings. “It’s a burned records county” has become a term that ends many questions starting with a “have you looked for a ?”

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