How to Find South Carolina Death Records

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== '''Next Step: When did the death occur? '''  ==
 
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== '''Deaths before 1915'''  ==
 
== '''Deaths before 1915'''  ==
  
Before 1915, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. The cities of Charleston and Georgetown are exceptions. [[South_Carolina_Vital_Records#Death_Records|Learn more]]. In most cases, you must search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.  
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Before 1915, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. The cities of Charleston, Georgetown, Spartanburg, and Union City are exceptions. [[South Carolina Vital Records#Death_Records|Learn more]]. In most cases, you must search [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|substitute records]] to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.  
  
 
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== '''Deaths from 1853 thru 1916'''  ==
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== '''Deaths from 1915 thru the present'''  ==
  
In 1863, West Virginia was created from the state of Virginia. In 1853, Virginia law required counties to record deaths, although records are incomplete. <br>
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The state of South Carolina began recording deaths in 1915.  
  
If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below try searching for death information in [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records]]. <br>
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==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
  
For deaths that exist during the time period, try the following databases. Try each link.  
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For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.  
  
 
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8741 1821-1955 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
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| [[Tips for Searching an Online Index|Tips for searching indexes]]
 
 
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<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
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== '''Deaths from 1917 thru 1970'''  ==
 
 
The state of West Virginia began recording deaths in January 1917.
 
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
 
 
For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.
 
 
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| width="25%" | [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/vrdi.htm 1915-1962 - At SC Dept. of Health]  
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| width="25%" | [http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_select.aspx 1853-1970 - At West Virginia Division of Culture and History]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2568 1853-1973 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
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| [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7591 1950-1952 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries]  
 
| '''Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries;''' [https://www.familysearch.org/locations Find your local FamilySearch Center]
 
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| [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7591 1950-1952 - use your Ancestry subscription]  
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
 
| '''$,''' [http://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/freetrial?o_iid=48816&o_lid=48816&o_sch=Web+Property To obtain a subscription to Ancestry]; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
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| ''Can't search the index listed above?''  
 
| ''Can't search the index listed above?''  
| Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health State Office].
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| Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health State Office] or [http://archives.sc.gov/recordsheld/Pages/GenealogyResources.aspx South Carolina Department of Archives and History].
 
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| align="center" colspan="4" | '''To Order Death Certificates'''
 
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ From SC Dept. of Health State office]
 
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
 
| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state  
| County websites can be more difficult to use  
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| County websites can be more difficult to use; does not include certificates from 2005 to the present
| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| Includes all existing years
 
| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
 
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>
 
  
 
'''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:  
 
'''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:  
  
:*The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate  
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:*The immediate family member of the person on the certificate (or one of their legal representatives)
:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
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:*A person who demonstrates a direct and tangible interest when information is needed to determine a personal or a property right
:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
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:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
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:*Funeral director
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate  
 
:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate  
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
 
::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
  
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''
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Death certificates from 1915 to 1955 are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: {{FHL|769125|item|disp=FHL films 1913451 (1st of 654 films)}}.  
<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>
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== '''Deaths after 1970'''  ==
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With an exact date (from your records or the index above), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:
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| width="50%" align="center" colspan="2" | [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp From WV Dept. of Health State office]
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| May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state
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| County websites can be more difficult to use
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| Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee
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| May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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'''If you do not know the exact date or place of death:'''<br> For a fee, the [http://www.wvdhhr.org/bph/hsc/vital/birthcert.asp West Virginia Department of Health office] will do a 3 year search (click on the death certificates tab).<br>
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'''''Restrictions for persons born who died within the last 50 years:'''''<br> To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
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:*The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
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:*The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
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:*The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
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:*The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
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:*Funeral director
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:*Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
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::'''NOTE:''' A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.
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'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
 
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
<center>[[How to Find West Virginia Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
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<center>[[How to Find South Carolina Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
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:*[[United States Marriage Records|United States Marriage Records]]
 
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How to Find United States Deaths Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Deaths

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1915 in South Carolina. Counties have copies of these records.

Next Step: When did the death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1915

Before 1915, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. The cities of Charleston, Georgetown, Spartanburg, and Union City are exceptions. Learn more. In most cases, you must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths from 1915 thru the present

The state of South Carolina began recording deaths in 1915.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following databases. Try each link.

South Carolina Deaths Databases - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
1915-1943 - At FamilySearch.org Free; coverage data is not provided
Try 2nd:
Choose one of the following:

1821-1955 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1821-1955 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
Next try:
Includes Index Only

1944-1955 - At FamilySearch.org Free; coverage data is not provided
1915-1962 - At SC Dept. of Health Free
Choose one of the following:

1950-1952 - use at FamilySearch Centers/Libraries Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center

1950-1952 - use your Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available through your local public library for free
Can't search the index listed above? Go to Step Two listed below and order a search for your ancestor from the South Carolina Department of Health State Office or South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
Can't find your ancestor in the index? Tips for searching indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate

If the image was not included in the index entry above, you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From SC Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use; does not include certificates from 2005 to the present Includes all existing years May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:

  • The immediate family member of the person on the certificate (or one of their legal representatives)
  • A person who demonstrates a direct and tangible interest when information is needed to determine a personal or a property right
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of the death.

Death certificates from 1915 to 1955 are available on microfilm through the Family History Library: FHL films 1913451 (1st of 654 films).

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year


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