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- a how-to article detailing South Carolina’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for South Carolina research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- In 1587, Spanish forces withdrew from the area, and by 1670 the English had founded a colony at Albemarle Point—dubbed Charles Town in honor of King Charles II. England attracted immigrants to its new province by renting land for a half-penny per acre.
- Birth and death certificates are issued through the Division of Vital Records, but only to immediate relatives. However, death records for 1915 to 1961 are accessible to the public at the state archives
- Fragments of Charleston’s customs lists from 1820 (when the federal government began recording immigrants) to 1829 have survived, as have early lists for Georgetown and Beaufort.