Did anyone notice that FamilySearch added South Carolina Confederate Home applications to their published collections? Yes, the SC Department of Archives and History has indexed all, and digitized some, of this collection. FamilySearch has everything digitized including the applications of the women inmates, who were allowed to enter in 1925. The Confederate Home and Infirmary, in Columbia, SC, was open to 2 residents from every SC county from 1909-1958. The application includes the following information: name, age, residence, occupation, relationship (if female), unit, dates of service and closest relative. It is not searchable but it is organized alphabetically so it is not difficult to search.
Another new resource that popped up is the WPA Inventory of SC Church Archive. Available through the SC Digital Library this resource covers forty-two of South Carolina’s forty-six counties (surveys for Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, and Georgetown are not extant). The questionnaires gathered information on African-American and white churches in both rural and urban areas, including address, date organized, building description, construction date, and, of primary importance, listings of any known church records.
As I mentioned below HeritageQuest has updated their site and it is now available. It features all of the US federal census with an every name index and nationwide city directories. If cost prohibits you from using Ancestry then this will be a wonderful free tool for you. The census and city directory searching is exactly what you will find on Ancestry. Check your public library for access information.