South Carolina Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if…

  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in South Carolina
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a South Carolina brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on South Carolina

Trace your South Carolina ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • 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

Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the South Carolina guide:

  • By 1670 the English had founded a colony at Albemarle Point—dubbed Charles Town in honor of King Charles II.
  • The South Carolina legislature first required birth and death registration in 1915, though individual cities kept records earlier. Church registers can serve as substitutes for vital events that took place in earlier years.
  • The state took several of its own censuses in the 1800s. Surviving records are held by the South Carolian Department of Archives and History, and digitized on FamilySearch.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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