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Anderson County, South Carolina genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.

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Coordinates: 34.52°0′N 82.64°0′W / 34.52°N 82.64°W / 34.52; -82.64

Anderson County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Anderson County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 20, 1826
County Seat Anderson
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Anderson County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915 1911 1915 1830 1789 1791

County Courthouse

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Anderson County Courthouse
P.O. Box 8002
Main Street
County Courthouse
Anderson, SC 29622

Anderson County Probate Court
100 South Main Street
P.O. Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29622
Phone: 864-260-4049
Marriage and probate records

Anderson County Clerk of Court
100 South Main Street
P.O. Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29622
Phone: 864-260-4053
Court records

Quick Facts

Anderson County was named for Revolutionary War hero Robert_Anderson_(Revolutionary_War) (1741-1813).[1] Anderson was mostly settled by Scotch-Irish farmers who moved from Virginia or Pennsylvania in the 1700s.[2] Learn more about the history of Anderson County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

For more information as well as maps of Anderson County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or South Carolina County Maps and Atlases.

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[3]

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

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  • Megginson, W.J. Black Soldiers in World War I: Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties, South Carolina; with a Discussion of Pensions for Civil War Slave Labor. Seneca, S.C.: Oconee County Historical Society, 1994. FHL 975.72 M2m
  • Williams, Bvenitta J. African-American Cemeteries, Anderson County, South Carolina. Mansfield, Ohio: Family History Services, 1997. FHL 975.725 V3w

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Altamont
  • Ashtabula - Pendleton
  • Centerville
  • Farmers Hall
  • Friendville
  • Generosity
  • Glen
  • Montpelier - Pendleton - also called Maverick
  • Oaklawn - Pendleton
  • Portman Shoals
  • Rivoli
  • Rock Cell
  • Silver Glade
  • Six and Twenty
  • Woodburn - Pendleton

Cemeteries

There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Anderson County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 17,169
1840 18,493 7.7%
1850 21,475 16.1%
1860 22,873 6.5%
1870 24,049 5.1%
1880 33,612 39.8%
1890 43,696 30.0%
1900 55,728 27.5%
1910 69,568 24.8%
1920 76,349 9.7%
1930 80,949 6.0%
1940 88,712 9.6%
1950 90,664 2.2%
1960 98,478 8.6%
1970 105,474 7.1%
1980 133,235 26.3%
1990 145,196 9.0%
2000 165,740 14.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1790 (Pendleton), 1800 (Pendleton), 1810 (Pendleton), 1820 (Pendleton), 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Anderson County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Anderson County, SC census assignments and Pendleton District, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1800

The book, 1800 Census of Pendleton District, SC by William Stewart is an excellent book. It covers present day Anderson County, Pickens County and Oconee County. The author provides many annotations of people and families listed in this census, especially migration information before 1800 from Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina and after 1800 to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. FHL Book 975.72 X2s 1800

1810
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell and Lavinia Moore. Pendleton District, South Carolina 1810 Census Present Day Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties. Central, S.C.: G.A. Sheriff, 1994. FHL Book 975.72 X2s 1810
1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL microfilms 1024517 - 1024518.

Published abstract:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection; digital version at Lineages. [Includes this county.]
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840; film 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Anderson District on page 143.]
1890

For 1890, see: United States Census 1890.

Church History and Records

Anderson County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Anderson

Court Records

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Anderson, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 45,000 entries. Persons born in Pendleton, South Carolina produces 25,000 additional results.

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  • Cheek, Linda G. Families of Old Pendleton District, South Carolina. 4 vols. Greenville, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 2006-2007. FHL 975.72 D2c v. 1
  • Simpson, Richard Wright. History of Old Pendleton District with a Genealogy of the Leading Families of the District. Covington, Tenn.: Bradford, Jesse Lee, [1913?]. FHL 975.72 H2s 1913; FHL 975.72 H2s index; 1978 reprint: FHL 975.72 H2s 1978a; digital version at World Vital Records ($). Genealogy Trails hosts a free online index to biographies found in this book.
  • Via, Eva Ann Wilson. Piercetown Cousins: History of Piercetown, Anderson County, South Carolina, 1835-1993, Including Wilson, Owen and 28 Allied Families. Baltimore, Md.: Gateway Press, 1993. FHL 929.273 W691v
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Bibliography
  • [Acker] Acker, George H. Descendants of Peter Acker and Wife Jane Sutherland, Settlers of 1787 in the Pendleton District of South Carolina. Cleveland, Ohio: G.H. Acker, 1966. FHL 858653 Item 4
  • [Adams] Baldwin, Emma Grace. An Adams-Goolsby Genealogy: Some Descendants of Robert Adams of Virginia, Georgia, and Texas, 1624- 1982 ; and a Shirley Genealogy: Some Descendants of Thomas Shirley of Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, 1612-1982. Tenaha, Texas: E.G. Baldwin, 1983. FHL 929.273 Ad17be
  • [Barnett] Parker, Suzanne Jameson. "Are These the Sons-in-Law & Grandson of William Jameson Sr. & His Wife Margaret of Pendleton District South Carolina?" The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Winter 2009):3-11. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37
  • [Corbin] Whitten, William C. Peter Corbin of Pendleton S.C. District and Descendants. Clemson, S.C.: W.C. Whitten, 1988. FHL 929.273 C811w
  • [Davis] Mentzel, Laura W. Davis Families of the Savannah River Valley: Containing a Record of the Descendants of Van and Harmon Davis from 1725-1978, Covering the Counties of Newberry, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee Counties of South Carolina; Habersham, Franklin, Hart, Stephens, Polk, Paulding, Gwinnett Counties of Georgia. Salt Lake City, Utah: Hobby Press, 1978. FHL 929.273 D29mL
  • [Jameson] Parker, Suzanne Jameson. "Are These the Sons-in-Law & Grandson of William Jameson Sr. & His Wife Margaret of Pendleton District South Carolina?" The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Winter 2009):3-11. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37
  • [Langston] Parker, Suzanne Jameson. "Are These the Sons-in-Law & Grandson of William Jameson Sr. & His Wife Margaret of Pendleton District South Carolina?" The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Winter 2009):3-11. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37
  • [Liverett] Tucker, Charlotte Green. "Thomas Liverett, 2nd Lieut. In Capt. Blackwell's Company Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1777. Using Collateral Lines to Document the Descendants of a Revolutionary War Soldier," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 33, No. 3 (Summer 2005):133-137. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 33
  • [McElroy] Parker, Suzanne Jameson. "Are These the Sons-in-Law & Grandson of William Jameson Sr. & His Wife Margaret of Pendleton District South Carolina?" The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Winter 2009):3-11. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 37
  • [Sartor] Sartor, A.F. A Sartor-Shults Family History. Pearland, Texas: A. Sartor, 1989. FHL Collection 929.273 Sa77sa
  • [Turner] Lennon, Rachael Mills. "The Wives of Jonathan Turner: Identification of Women in Pre-Twentieth-Century South Carolina," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 92, No. 4 (December 2004):245-255. FHL Collection 973 B2ng v. 92 (2004)
  • [Turner] Lennon, Rachal Mills. "Jonathan Turner-More than a Name: A Carolina Case Study in Dissecting Records," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 97, No. 1 (Mar. 2009):17-28. FHL 973 B2ng v. 97
  • [Wright] Kay, William D. Robert Norris Wright, Esquire: 1812-1885, His Life and Four Generations of His Family, Anderson County South Carolina. Mt. Pleasant, S.C.: W.D. Kay, 2005. FHL 929.273 W935k

History

  • Carlisle, H. Arnett. The History of Lowndesville, S.C. (Danielsville, Georgia : Heritage Papers, c1987), 414 pages. Includes biographies, military history, cemeteries and the following census information: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910. Book found at FHL 975.735/L1 H2c, and [WorldCat 18557351.
  • Carlisle, H. Arnett. History of Old Pendleton District with a Genealogy of the Leading Families of the District (Danielsville, Georgia: Heritage Papers, c1987), 414 pages. In 1868 the area known as Pendleton District became the counties of Anderson, Pickens and Oconee. FHL 975.72 H2s 1978a.
  • Vandiver, Louise Ayer. Traditions and History of Anderson County. Atlanta, Ga.: Ruralist Press, 1928. Digital versions at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).
  • Via, Eva Ann Wilson. Piercetown Cousins: History of Piercetown, Anderson County, South Carolina, 1835-1993, including Wilson, Owen and 28 allied families (Baltimore, Maryland: Gateway Press, c1993), 617 pages. Includes Wilson, Owen, Martin and allied families. Book at FHL 929.273 W691v

Land and Property

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Anderson County:


Tracing Land Currently in Anderson County with Parent Counties and Districts [4]
Date Government Office  
1868-present Anderson County
1826-1868 Anderson District
1800-1826 Pendleton District
1795-1800 Pendleton County in Washington District
1789-1795 Pendleton County in Ninety-Six District
1769-1789 Ninety-Six District
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
 

* Anderson County deeds include the records of former Pendelton District/County


Conveyance Books

Some of the original Anderson County Conveyance Books have been microfilmed (1789-1901): FHL Collection. Early records have been published:

  • [1790-1806] Willie, Betty. Pendleton District, S.C. Deeds, 1790-1806. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1982. FHL Book 975.72 R2w
  • [1807-1812] Pruitt, A.B. Abstracts of Deeds: Pendleton District, SC, Books IJ, K, and L (1807-1812). n.p.: A.B. Pruitt, 2006-2007. FHL Book 975.72 R28p
  • [1818-1822] Pruitt, A.B. Abstracts of Deeds: Pendleton District, SC, Books O and P (1818-1822). n.p.: A.B. Pruitt, 2007. FHL Book 975.7 R2pa
  • [1822-1830] Pruitt, A.B. Abstracts of Deeds Pendleton District and Anderson District, SC: Books Q, R, and S (1822-1830). n.p.: A.B. Pruitt, 2009. FHL Book 975.72 R2p
  • [1830-1836] Pruitt, A.B. Abstracts of Deeds Anderson District SC: Books T and U (1830-1836). n.p.: A.B. Pruitt, 2010. FHL Book 975.725 R2p
Land Ownership Maps

The Library of Congress created an 1877 land ownership map for Anderson County and the state created a 1897 land ownership map.

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868
  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Clayton's M.A. Thesis analyzes some of these records:

  • Clayton, Frederick Van. The Settlement of Pendleton District, 1777-1800. M.A. Thesis, University of South Carolina, 1930. Reprint: Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988. FHL Book 975.72 W2c

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Anderson County for European settlers included:[5]

Military History and Records

Revolutionary War
  • "Selected final pension vouchers index, 1818-1864," Old Pendleton District Newsletter, March 2006, Volume 20, Issue 3. Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Easley, South Carolina.
  • "Veterans Bio. buried in Pickens cemetery," Carolina Herald and Newsletter, August 2001, Volume 29, Issue 3. South Carolina Genealogical Society : Greenville, SC. FHL Book 975.7 B2c.
  • "Siege of the town of Ninety Six, 1775," St. Lucie River Whig, Winter 2001, Volume 10, Issue 1. St. Lucie River Chapter : Lucie, Florida.
  • "Pensioners in 1840 census," Pendleton District Newsletter, April 1994, Volume 8, Issue 4. Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Easley, SC.
  • "Land grants, 1777-1800, Pendleton District," Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly, December 1984, Volume 12, Issue 4. Jacksonville Genealogical Society : Jacksonville, FL.
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Anderson County, p. 181. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
  • "Major Gen. John Floyd's Army," Anderson Record, September 1993, Volume 6, Issue 3. Anderson County Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Anderson, SC.
Civil War

Civil War service men from Anderson County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed of men from Anderson County.

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Reserves
- Company B
- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company D
- Company F
- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Sharpshooters
- Company A - (also known the Union Light Infantry and German Fusiliers)
- Company B - (also known as the Sumter Guards)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery
- Company A - (also known as Calhoun's Battery; Sumter Light Artillery, Sumter Battery, Preston's Battery, Blake's Battery and other name variations of these
- Company K
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (Butler's) (1st Regulars)
- Company B -(also called Company E)
- Company I -
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)
- Company B
- Company H
- Company K
-1st Regiment, South Carolina Rifles (Orr's)
- Company A (also known as Kowee Riflemen)
- Company D (also known as Orr's Rifles)
- Company K (also known as Marshall Guards)
- Company L (also known as Calhoun Guards)
-1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops
- Company A
- Company C
-2nd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves
- Company G
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (2nd Palmetto Regiment)
- Company F (also known as Secession Guard)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company F (also known as the Easley's Cavalry)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles,
- Company D
- Company E
- Company F
- Company G
- Company K
- Company L
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company A  (possibly called Captain Easley's Company)
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (Lauren's) (James')
- Company C
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion)
- Company F (also known as the Chestnut Light Artillery)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company A
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)
- Company B
- Company C
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's)
- Company C
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company B (also known as Palmetto Riflemen)
- Company C (also known as Dean Company)
- Company D (also known as Piercetown Guards)
- Company J (also known as The Confederate Guards)
- Company K (sometimes listed as Company I) (also known as Fort Hill Guards)
- 5th Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company D
- Company F
-9th Battalion, South Carolina infantry (Smith's) (Pee Dee Legion)
- Company D
- 10th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company B
-13th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (4th) (Mattison's)
- Company A
- Company E
- 18th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company D
-20th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company D
- Reorganized Company A
- Reorganized Company M
- 24th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company F


  • Keys, Thomas Bland. "The Federal Pillage of Anderson, South Carolina: Brown's Raid," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 76, No. 2 (Apr. 1975):80-86. FHL Book 975.7 B2s v. 76 (1975); digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Carlisle, H. Arnett, The History of Lowndesville, S.C. (Danielsville, Georgia: Heritage Papers, c1987), 414 pages. Includes biographies, military history, cemeteries and the following census information: 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, and 1910. Book found at FHL 975.735/L1 H2c FHL 975.775 H2t, and WorldCat 18557351 Civil War page 137.
  • South Carolina. Confederate Pension Board.Confederate Veterans and Widows Applications for Pensions, 1916-1956. ( Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956). Microfilm copy at FHL 22888
  • Anderson County Courthouse.Enrollment Book of Confederate Soldiers, Anderson County, South Carolina. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956). Alphabetically arranged. Micsrofilm copy at FHL 22887

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Anderson County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

Current

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History

Probate Records

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[7] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available. The Wills from Pendleton District were transcribed as Anderson County.

Will Books, 1791-1907. South Carolina, Probate Court (Anderson Coutny). South Carolina Department of Archives and History.  Filmed by The Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956, 1972. Microreproduction of original. Each volume is individually indexed. FHL Film 22859

Inventories, Appraisments and Sales, 1840-1903. South Carolina. Probate Court Anderson County. South Carolina Deptment of Archives and History. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956. 1972. FHL Film 22865

Anderson County, South Carolina Estate Records, ca. 1876-1915. South Carolina. Probate Court Anderson County. Microreproduction of original manuscriptts at the South Carolina Dept. of Archives History Center, Columbia, South Carolina FHL Film 2184681

Taxation

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Anderson County.

Anderson District tax returns, 1835-1861 (gaps), are kept at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Copies: FHL Film 1025498 1835 returns have been abstracted:

  • [1835] Property Return Abstracts, 1835, Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, Vol. 7, No. 4 (Dec. 1990).

The USGenWeb Archives includes an abstract of the following:

To see how the Civil War financially impacted residents of Anderson County, South Carolina, compare values of real and personal estates on the 1860 Census with 1866-1867 tax records:

  • [1866-1867] Rich, Peggy Burton and Margarette Gibbs Ogle. Pickens District, South Carolina 1866 Tax List, January 1, 1866- January 1, 1867. n.p.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Pendleton Chapter, 1991. FHL Book 975.72 R4r

Original tax duplicate records for the years 1871, 1873-1875, 1885, and 1890 are kept at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Copies: FHL Films 1025490-1025495 1872 tax duplicates are also there. Copies: FHL Film 1025496

1872 tax delinquents have been published:

  • [1872] Delinquent Tax Notice, 1872, Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, Vol. 3, No. 3 (Jul. 1985).

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section.

Birth

State-wide birth registration began in 1915. For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Anderson County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Marriage

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Anderson County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes

Death

State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Anderson County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  However, the South Carolina Room at the Anderson County Library has the South Carolina Death Index, 1915-1949 on microfilm.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Libraries

  •   The Anderson County Library
    Address:
    300 N. McDuffie Street
    Anderson, S.C. 29621.
    Telephone: 864 260-4500
    For current hours, either telephone or check the Library website as they have seasonal hours .
    The South Carolina room is dedicated for genealogical research. It contains many local and family histories. The collection is primarily for research though some items may be checked out. Copy machines are available.

Staff will respond to postal mail, email, and telephone inquiries, that require checking indexes for a name. Charges for copies apply. Address requests to:
Anderson County Library,
PO Box 4047
Anderson, SC 29622

To obtain copies of obituaries send your request plus $1.25 per obituary and a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage to cover mailing your request. Send to the address listed above. Due to staffing limitations we will not copy more than ten(10) obituaries per mail request. Please, do not send a second request while you have a pending request. Allow two to three weeks for a reply.

The genealogy collection of the Library is housed in the Anderson County Library South Carolina room. It is open during regular library hours. The collections include South Carolina Death Indexes 1815-1950, census records, various Confederate and Union military records land records, wills, and newspapers. Unique collections include the Joseph & Jane Harris Major collection by Betty Daniel Robinson, the Peggy Burton Rich collection by Dr. Linville Rich, and the Holocaust Collection by Elizabeth Marvin.

A list of genealogical researchers in our area who perform fee-based research is available upon request. Please, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address listed above and the library will mail you a copy of the list, Subscriptions to Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online are available.

Museums

  • The Anderson County Museum
    Contact Us:
    Address:
    202 E. Greenville St.
    Anderson, SC 29624
    Telephone: 864-260-4737
    Fax: 864-332-5320
    The museum's 12,000 square foot Fred Whitten Gallery contains 13 permanent exhibits, a temporary exhibit gallery, and multiple changing exhibits. Exhibits range from textiles to military history to religious history. The Anderson County Museum is on Facebook and Twitter.

The Anderson County Museum (ACM) boasts over 20,000 diverse artifacts in its archives. The Reading and Research Room contains 1,600 volumes and 2,000 historic photographs for public study.

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

  • Anderson County Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 5743
    Anderson SC 29623
    Source: Society Hill
  • Pendleton District Historical, Recreational,
    and Tourism Commission
    125 East Queen Street
    Pendleton SC 29670
    Source: Society Hill

Family History Centers


Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Anderson County, South Carolina

References

  1. Workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Names (The Reprint Company: Spartanburg, S.C., 1975) 11.
  2. South Carolina State Library, "Anderson County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/anderson-county: accessed 13 Apr 2011).
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