South Carolina Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  





U.S.—South Carolina

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Goal 1: Learn about South Carolina research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your South Carolina ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic South Carolina research strategies.
    FS—Basic South Carolina Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for South Carolina research on Ancestry.
    AC—South Carolina Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for South Carolina research.
    AC—South Carolina State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Explore online databases and sites for South Carolina research.
    AB—South Carolina Genealogy Online
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  6. Use the South Carolina Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—South Carolina Record Finder
  7. For African American research, study the South Carolina state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for South Carolina


Goal 2: Learn about South Carolina archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: South Carolina Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the South Carolina state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for South Carolina.
  4. Explore the South Carolina Digital Library site.
  5. Explore South Carolina Dept. of Archives collection.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for South Carolina genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  7. Search for free online books on South Carolina research on the FamilySearch site.
  8. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about South Carolina city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Directories
  2. Explore South Carolina city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore South Carolina city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore South Carolina historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for South Carolina city directories records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about South Carolina vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: South Carolina Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the South Carolina Public Health site (Public Records tab).
  3. Search for online South Carolina vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore South Carolina birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore South Carolina birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the South Carolina Adoption Reunion Registry Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for South Carolina vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for South Carolina birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore South Carolina marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find South Carolina marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for South Carolina marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for South Carolina marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for South Carolina death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for South Carolina obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for South Carolina obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore South Carolina death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for South Carolina death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore South Carolina census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of South Carolina censuses in this article.
    FS—South Carolina Census
  2. Learn about South Carolina census records.
    Census Records for South Carolina
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for South Carolina state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for South Carolina census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore South Carolina census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about South Carolina voting registers in this article.
    FS—South Carolina Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about South Carolina church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of South Carolina church records in this article.
    FS—South Carolina Church Records
  2. Learn about South Carolina church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—South Carolina Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for South Carolina church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore South Carolina cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore South Carolina cemetery records in this article.
    FS—South Carolina Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for South Carolina cemetery records.
  3. Search for South Carolina cemetery records online.
  4. Explore South Carolina cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for South Carolina cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the South Carolina Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about South Carolina emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about South Carolina migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Migration
  3. Explore additional links for South Carolina immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about South Carolina military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to South Carolina military records.
    South Carolina Military Records
  2. Learn about South Carolina military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Military Records
  3. Explore South Carolina military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore South Carolina military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for South Carolina military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore South Carolina military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about South Carolina probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: South Carolina Probate Records
  2. Learn about South Carolina land and property records.
    FS—South Carolina Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about South Carolina land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—South Carolina Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for South Carolina probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for South Carolina land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about South Carolina court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Court Records
  2. Learn about South Carolina court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: South Carolina Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about South Carolina maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Maps
  2. Learn about South Carolina maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: South Carolina Maps
  3. Learn about South Carolina gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Gazetteers

B. Explore South Carolina maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of South Carolina maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of South Carolina.
  3. Explore historical South Carolina maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for South Carolina maps.


Goal 9: Learn about South Carolina newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Carolina newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Carolina newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical South Carolina newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical South Carolina Newspapers—9:44
  3. Learn about South Carolina newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: South Carolina Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore South Carolina newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for South Carolina historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search South Carolina newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search South Carolina newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search South Carolina newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore South Carolina newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional South Carolina newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for South Carolina birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  8. Explore additional links for South Carolina newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for South Carolina research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from South Carolina.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or South Carolina County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for South Carolina.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the South Carolina Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your South Carolina research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the South Carolina Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the South Carolina Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the South Carolina Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for South Carolina.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for South Carolina research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about South Carolina research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for South Carolina research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the South Carolina research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about South Carolina research.

C. Learn about South Carolina genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in South Carolina in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Carolina Societies
  2. Explore the South Carolina Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the South Carolina Historical Society site.
  4. Explore South Carolina genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




South Carolina Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

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Abbeville    A    L Aiken    A    L Allendale    A    L Anderson    A    L Bamberg    A    L Barnwell    A    L
Beaufort    A    L Berkeley    A    L Calhoun    A    L Charleston    A    L Cherokee    A    L Chester    A    L
Chesterfield    A    L Clarendon    A    L Colleton    A    L Darlington    A    L Dillon    A    LDorchester    A    L
Edgefield    A    L Fairfield    A    L Florence    A    L Georgetown    A    L Greenville    A    L Greenwood    A    L
Hampton    A    L Horry    A    L Jasper    A    L Kershaw    A    L Lancaster    A    L Laurens    A    L
Lee    A    L Lexington    A    L Marion    A    L Marlboro    A    L McCormick    A    L Newberry    A    L
Oconee    A    L Orangeburg    A    L Pickens    A    L Richland    A    L Saluda    A    L Spartanburg    A    L
Sumter  A    L Union    A    L Williamsburg    A    L York    A    L


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