Last week, at a conference, I opined that SC should have a Digitization Czar. The idea was immediately and vocally dismissed. It was all in good humor but my point is serious. There are many SC digitization sites coming online in so many different places. We don't have any resource that keeps us up to date on new sites.
Recently, this became very clear to me when I visited the SC Military Museum in Columbia, SC. They have created a searchable database of the Official Roster of South Carolina Servicemen and Servicewomen - World War II. This five volume set includes the names, discharge dates, birthdates, hometown and awards of the 166119 South Carolinaians who served during WWII. Who would know that this valuable resource is online! I was very excited. The link is now on the "Other SC Resources" list.
The site also has digitized all the DOD News Releases during 1966-1969. These news releases provide nationwide casualties lists from the Vietnam War for those years. Granted we can probably get as much information from Ancestry or the Wall. But to see the original document, a primary resource, is a tingling experience.
In lieu of a Digitization Czar the Dead Librarian will continue to publish online resources for SC genealogical research. If the list gets too big I may have to consider a Dead Librarian web site. Can the dead move up in the world? LOL