No ties to South Carolina for me. That being the case, I decided to just poke around the South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL). SCDL is a portal to online digital collections held by institutions in South Carolina. There are a variety of collections including full-text books, maps, photographs, manuscripts, and newspapers.
Taking a stroll through the various collection, I found something I’d never seen before. A certificate of departure from the year 1812. This particular certificate is for Nathanial Heyward from Charleston, South Carolina. He was traveling from Liverpool to Boston, departing on 18 July 1812. This document is part of the Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1926 collection held by the College of Charleston Libraries. You can see the original image here.
Even though I have no connection to South Carolina, I was fascinated with all the neat stuff I found in the South Carolina Digital Library. I could have browsed for hours! If I ever do find South Carolina roots, this will certainly be one of the first places I check out, particularly because of the map collection. If you have South Carolina folks in your family tree, I highly recommend that you take a look at this resource.