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Finding South Carolina Marriage Records

  • Counties began recording marriages on July 1, 1911
  • 1950 - County officials began sending copies to the state

Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Marriages Before 1911

Marriages were not recorded by the counties or the state of South Carolina until July 1, 1911 when the county probate judge's office was required to issue marriage licenses.

Try these databases.
Marriage information is taken from substitute records such as church records.
Database Name Link or links to access database # of records 
Ancestry, South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 69,131
Ancestry, South Carolina Marriages, 1688-1799 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 355
FamilySearch, South Carolina, Marriages, 1709-1913 Free, incomplete 4,154
Ancestry, South Carolina Marriages, 1800-1820 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 178
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

If you did not find your ancestor in the above indexes, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Church Records
Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries
Census Records
Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


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Marriages from 1911 to 1949

County probate judge's offices began registering marriage licenses starting July 1, 1911.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
Try these databases.
Marriage information is taken from substitute records such as church records.
Database Name Link or links to access database # of records
South Carolina, Marriages, 1709-1913 free, incomplete 4,154
South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 69,131
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes

PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • Still can't find your ancestor in the above indexes? Try searching other records.
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Marriages from 1950 to Present

Currently, there are no complete indexes to South Carolina marriage records online for this period.

The Vital Records office of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has copies of marriages from July 1950 to 2010. The county probate judge also keeps a copy of the marriage.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information
Try these databases.
Marriage information is taken from substitute records such as church records.
Database Name Link or links to access database # of records
South Carolina Marriages, 1641-1965 free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 69,131
Can't access Ancestry? Visit your local Family History Center or your local public library.
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.
Search other records with marriage information.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records or the above indexes

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
County probate judge's offices Vital Records office of the SC Dept of Health and Environmental Control
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Expedited service on VitalChek May be more expensive than ordering from the county


PART B: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for the marriage date for a fee from the County probate judge's offices.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can try searching for marriage information in other records.
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