Genealogy, Local History and Newspapers

The Library’s Online Databases are a collection of subscription databases provided by the Pickens County Library System and the State Library’s Discus Project. You can access the databases for free from the Library or from home. To utilize any of these services, you simply need to provide your library card number and PIN. is an online, advanced genealogy resource. It also includes information about births, marriages, death notices, immigration records, complete census records (1790-1940) and much more. is available on all of our public internet computers at any Pickens County Library branch, and on any device connected to our wireless internet.

Heritage Quest is an online genealogy research database ready for you to start you own genealogy search from the comfort of your home.

Powered by Chronicling America, a joint project of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. Historical American Newspapers (LOC) provides page images from selected historic newspapers of 25 states and the District of Columbia, published from 1836-1922. Includes 34 historic South Carolina newspapers published in Anderson, Anderson Court House, Bennettsville, Charleston, Columbia, Edgefield, Georgetown, Laurens, Orangeburg, Orangeburg Court House, Pickens Court House, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Sumterville.

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world’s major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources. This database provided by State Library.

South Carolina Digital Library provides quality online content for South Carolina-related topics, including subjects in the South Carolina curriculum standards for elementary, middle, high school students, educators, and parents.