Reference Services: Genealogy and Proctoring
NOTE: The South Carolina History Room is currently closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to request assistance from library staff for research, please fill out this Genealogy Request Form. Please include all relevant information, including names, dates, and any other information that will help in our research. If you need assistance with the form, please call the Main Library at 864-638-4133.
The OCPL’s local history and genealogy collection is housed in the Antoinette “Ann” Rogers Memorial South Carolina History Room. The Rogers Room houses our microfilm collection of local newspapers, as well as local histories, family histories, SC Code of Laws, cemetery records, and many other items of local interest. The books are searchable in our online catalog. Books may not be taken out of the library. We also have a small collection of local historical maps.
Members of the public conducting genealogical research will be given limited assistance. Because OCPL lacks sufficient staff to do research, any letters, phone calls, and e-mails from persons requesting extensive research will be denied. Names and addresses of local persons who do research for a fee will be provided if such a person is known. If the information sought is easily accessible, such as a photocopy of an obituary, there will be a $5.00 processing charge to cover paper and postage. If you would like to request assistance from library staff for research, please fill out this Genealogy Request Form. Please include all relevant information, including names, dates, and any other information that will help in our research. If you need assistance with the form, please call the Main Library at 864-638-4133.
The OCPL does not allow any items in the genealogical collection to be loaned through ILL.
Photocopies cost $.15 a page for black and white copies. Information from microfilm can also be saved to a flash drive.
The following newspapers are available on microfilm:
Farm and Factory 1907 – 1926 (no 1917)
Keowee Courier 1849-2011
Seneca (Daily) Journal 1930-1934 and 1937 – July 31, 2015 (1968-Centennial issue only)
Tugaloo Tribune 1915-1952
Westminster News 1965-2013 (6/26/13)
Also make sure to check out Ancestry.com library edition, and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Genealogy database, both on this site. Ancestry.com can ONLY be used inside the library. The links can be found in the OCPL online library links above, under OCPL digital learning.
Library Proctoring Services
Note: Proctoring of exams is currently not available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back for date of reestablishment of this service.
What we can do:
- Provide a place to take exam
- Be available during regular business hours, including evenings and weekends (exams must be completed 30 minutes prior to closing)
- Check student ID
- Sign appropriate paperwork
- Distribute exams received in hard copy
- Print exams that have been emailed
- Return pre-stamped and addressed envelopes using the Library’s postal service
- Entering institution-provided passwords onto an online test
- Scanning paper tests and uploading them to the institution’s website
- Scanning paper tests and emailing them to the institution or professor’s .edu email address
What we cannot do:
- Provide constant one-on-one monitoring
- Provide troubleshooting for tests or testing software
- Download tests or testing software, or alter any library Internet computer software
- Provide extra peripherals, like headphones
- Provide postage or supplies or provide postage services outside of the Library’s regular mail service (Federal Express, USPS Express Mail, UPS, etc.)
- Help students find answers to test questions
- Contact students to make test arrangements
- Provide proctor’s personal information, such as Social Security number
- Be responsible for mailed, faxed, or emailed exams not received by the college or institution
Other issues to consider:
Incidental fees include: printing costs ($0.15 per B/W page, $0.50 per color page), and photocopies ($0.15 per page per B/W page). Computer access for online exams may vary per location. If computer access is available at a location, proctors are subject to the Library’s policies regarding Internet usage (this includes NOT downloading or modifying any software on the library’s Internet computers). Any student testing online who requires use of a library Internet PC will need an OCPL library card. For those who don’t reside in Oconee County, there is a photo ID will be needed for Internet guest pass. Internet PCs are generally limited to 45 minute sessions. The Library also provides free Wi-Fi at most locations. Students may choose to bring their own personal laptop if their institution allows. You should contact your branch ahead of time if you have any questions regarding public PC use for proctored exams.
Fax service is not available at all Library locations.
Please schedule all exams one week prior to the exam. You may schedule multiple exams at once if possible. Missed appointments will be handled on a case by case basis. Proctors’ availability may vary by location and operating hours. Please contact your library location regarding any changes for scheduled exams.