South Carolina Genealogists

Our South Carolina genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in South Carolina, including:

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History
    Confederate pension applications (1919-1926), criminal journals (1769-1776), plats for state land grants (1784-1868), wills (1782-1855)
  • South Carolina State Library
    Books, periodicals and newspapers both in print and on microfilm
  • Piedmont Historical Society
    Provides transcripts of focused on upstate SC counties
  • University of South Carolina Libraries
    Historic photographs, broadsides (single page advertisements such as posters and fliers), family papers, Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, and historic newspapers from across South Carolina
  • Charleston County Public Library
    Provides a large number of books, maps, manuscripts, and images focusing on the history and genealogy of South Carolina, with special emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry
  • South Carolina Historical Society
    60,000 historical records, manuscripts, books, photos, and family histories. Includes diaries and papers, plantation, business, and church records, maps, plats, genealogies, Civil War, and local/state/regional histories. 30,000 photos, 50,000 books, pamphlets, and serials. Vertical files on architecture, African-Americans, churches, and localities.
  • Lowcountry Africana
    Offers a searchable database of primary historical documents plus other resources for researching the family history, culture and heritage of Gullah/Geechee descendants in low country Charleston, Georgia, and extreme northeastern Florida

Our genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in South Carolina include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as colonization
  • Birth and death records were recorded by the state government from 1915 to the present
  • Marriage records were recorded by the state government from 1911 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded every 10 years from 1840 through 1890
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the secretary of the province from prior to 1732
  • The county’s judge of probate office has probate records of the counties and circuit court districts from 1785 to 1800 and probate records from 1800 to the present
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1780s
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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