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{{South Carolina-stub}}''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina|South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Jasper_County,_South_Carolina|Jasper County]]'' <br>County in South Carolina [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lowcountry Lowcountry]. {{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Jasper County'''
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'''Jasper 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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County in South Carolina {{wpd|Lowcountry}}.  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Jasper County
 
| county = Jasper County
 
| county_map = Sc-jasper.png
 
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| state = South Carolina
 
| state = South Carolina
 
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| founded year = 1912
 
| founded year = 1912
 
| founded date = January 30
 
| founded date = January 30
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Jasper County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Jasper County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1915&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1912&nbsp;  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1915&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1915&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1920&nbsp;  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | 1912&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1912&nbsp;  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | &nbsp; 1912
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | &nbsp; 1912
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
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{{SCJasperCourthouse}}  
 
{{SCJasperCourthouse}}  
  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1912--'''Jasper County was created 30 January 1912&nbsp;from [[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]] and [[Hampton County, South Carolina|Hampton]] Counties. <br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Ridgeland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1912--'''Jasper County was created 30 January 1912&nbsp;from [[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]] and [[Hampton County, South Carolina|Hampton]] Counties. <br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;&nbsp;Ridgeland <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
[http://www.mysouthcarolinagenealogy.com/sc-maps.html "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
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[http://www.genealogyinc.com/south-carolina/maps/ "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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{{Jasper County, South Carolina}} 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.
 
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| Baker Hill
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| Hardeeville
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| Murad
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| Purysburgh
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| Bashan
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| Hugers Settlement (hist.)
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| Myers (hist.)
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| Purysburgh Landing
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| Coosawhatchie
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| Jasper
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| Nevadum
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| Ricetown
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| Deerfield
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| Kress
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| New Landing
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| {{FHL|South+Carolina%2C+Jasper%2C+Ridgeland|subject|disp=Ridgeland}}
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| General Hamiltons Settlement (hist.)
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| Levy
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| Okatie
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| Robertville
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| {{FHL|South+Carolina%2C+Jasper%2C+Gillisonville|subject|disp=Gillisonville}}  
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| Limehouse
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| Old House
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| Switzerland
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| Gilmania
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| Mill Stone Landing
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| Pineland
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| Tarboro
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| {{FHL|South+Carolina%2C+Jasper%2C+Grahamville|subject|disp=Grahamville}}
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| Mitchellville
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| Pocotaligo
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| {{FHL|South+Carolina%2C+Jasper%2C+Tillman|subject|disp=Tillman}}
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| {{FHL|South+Carolina%2C+Jasper%2C+Grays|subject|disp=Grays}}
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| Morgan
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| Possum Corner
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]] | [[Chatham County, Georgia|Chatham County, Georgia]] | [[Effingham County, Georgia|Effingham County, Georgia]] | [[Hampton County, South Carolina|Hampton]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
 
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[[Image:Scjasper.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
 
==== Research Guides  ====
 
==== Research Guides  ====
  
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==== African Americans  ====
 
==== African Americans  ====
  
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina African Americans|South Carolina African Americans]]''
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Jasper County, South Carolina African Americans]]  
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://gps.scgen.org/27-jasper.html Jasper County] in ''S.C. Cemetery Project'', courtesy: [http://www.scgen.org/ South Carolina Genealogical Society]. List of cemeteries in the county.  
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There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list,&nbsp;see [[Jasper County, South Carolina Cemeteries|Jasper County, South Carolina Cemeteries]].  
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
===== Church of England =====
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===== Church of England =====
  
[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's Parish]]
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] See also [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's Parish]]  
  
===== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints =====
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===== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints =====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch Records  
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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Jasper County has court records from 1912 that are held in the office of the [http://www.jaspercountysc.org/secondary.aspx?pageID=64 Clerk of Court.] Jasper County was formed from Beaufort and Hampton Counties in 1912 so these are counties which may also be searched.
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The [[South Carolina Department of Archives and History|South Carolina Archives and History Center]] has [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/rg0027.htm court records] available on microfilm for Jasper County.
  
 
==== DNA  ====
 
==== DNA  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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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]].
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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 show where you may best expect to find land records for Jasper County:
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|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Jasper County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts''' <ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>
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| width="52%" valign="middle" bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" | Government Office &nbsp;
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1912-Present
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Jasper County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1878-1912
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Hampton&nbsp;County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1868-1912
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Beaufort&nbsp;County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1865-1868
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Beaufort District''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1769-1865
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Beaufort District Records Lost''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1710-1769
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Charleston District''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1670-1710
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| width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | ''Proprietary Land Grants''
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'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''  
 
'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''  
  
This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and&nbsp;the Columbia Series&nbsp;with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.&nbsp; All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Search.aspx?br=1 On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>
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This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and&nbsp;the Columbia Series&nbsp;with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.&nbsp; All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Search.aspx?br=1 On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>  
  
 
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.  
 
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.  
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==== Migration  ====
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Early migration routes to and from Jasper County for European settlers included:<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/50140092 WorldCat entry.], and William E. Myer, ''Indian Trails of the Southeast''. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). ({{FHL|54678|item|disp=FHL Book 970.1 M992i}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1523234 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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:*Atlantic Ocean about 1670
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:*[[Charleston-Savannah Trail]] (an extension of the [[King's Highway]]) late 1730s
  
 
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==== Military  ====
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===== Civil War Battle  =====
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The following Civil War Battle was fought in Jasper County
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November 30, 1864, = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc010.htm Honey Hill<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/sc010.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 8 August 2012)</ref>]<br>
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[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/SCmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in South Carolina<br>
  
 
===== Revolutionary War  =====
 
===== Revolutionary War  =====
  
 
*"Head Quarters muster roll, 1779," ''Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin'', Fall 1970, Volume 7, Issue 2. Carolinas Genealogical Society&nbsp;: Monroe, NC. {{FHL|258330|item}} Book 975 B2c.
 
*"Head Quarters muster roll, 1779," ''Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin'', Fall 1970, Volume 7, Issue 2. Carolinas Genealogical Society&nbsp;: Monroe, NC. {{FHL|258330|item}} Book 975 B2c.
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==== <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1303939042723_533" />Civil War, 1861-1865  ====
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Jasper County did not exist during the Civil War. Present day Jasper County was created 30 January 1912 from [[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]] and [[Hampton County, South Carolina|Hampton]] Counties. During the Civil War, men from the area of Jasper County mostly would have served in various regiments recruited in Beaufort and Hampton Counties. Counties were called districts during the Civil War. <br>
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====== Civil War Battles  ======
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One&nbsp;battle was fought in&nbsp;what is now Jasper&nbsp;County.&nbsp;at Honey Hill on November 30, 1864. For additional information, see [[South Carolina in the Civil War#Battles_in_South_Carolina|Battles in South Carolina]].
  
 
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The [http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress] has identified the following historic newspapers for Jasper County, South Carolina on their [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ 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.  
 
The [http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress] has identified the following historic newspapers for Jasper County, South Carolina on their [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ 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.  
  
*''Jasper County Record ''(Ridgeland, S.C.) 1924-1951.  
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92065471/ ''Jasper County Record'']&nbsp;(Ridgeland, S.C.) 1924-1951.  
*''The Beaufort-Jasper News ''(Beaufort, S.C.) 1939-1939.  
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92065405/ ''The Beaufort-Jasper News'']&nbsp;(Beaufort, S.C.) 1939-1939.  
*''The Jasper Herald'' (Ridgeland, Jasper County, S.C.) 1911-1919.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92065473/ ''The Jasper Herald''] (Ridgeland, Jasper County, S.C.) 1911-1919.
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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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.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, [[United States Probate Wills|wills]], bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records&nbsp;in [[South Carolina Probate Records|South Carolina]]. <br>
  
 
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==== Taxation  ====
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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.
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*South Carolina Department of Archives and History [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/rg0027.htm tax lists] for Jasper County.
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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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, when applicable. <br>
  
== Family History Centers ==
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===== Birth =====
  
<br>Ridgeland South Carolina <br>Grays HWY (278 West)<br>Ridgeland, Jasper, South Carolina, United States<br>Phone: 843-726-8241<br>Hours: Monday - Saturday by appt. Wed. evening 6-8PM  
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State-wide birth registration began in 1915.&nbsp; For a copy of&nbsp;a birth from 1915&nbsp;or later,&nbsp;contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health].&nbsp; The Jasper County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. &nbsp;For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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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.&nbsp;Not all churches recorded these marriages and some&nbsp;have not survived. See [[South Carolina Vital Records#Marriage_Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] for more information. <br>  
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The [http://www.jaspercountysc.org/secondary.aspx?pageID=43 Jasper County probate court] holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/index.htm South Carolina Division of Vital Records] has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.
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Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.&nbsp; See [[South Carolina Newspapers|South Carolina Newspapers<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1298405881726_699" />]].
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''Marriages - Indexes and Records''
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*'''1912-1950''' - ''Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950'' <ref>South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001.</ref> {{FHL|1008997|item}} - records<br>  
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*'''1912-1952''' - ''Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952'' <ref>South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2005.</ref> {{FHL|1565236|item}} - index and records<br>
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*There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in&nbsp; some&nbsp;counties of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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State-wide death registration began in 1915.&nbsp;&nbsp;For a copy of the death certificates from 1915&nbsp;or later,&nbsp;contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health]. The Jasper County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.&nbsp; For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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''Deaths - Indexes and Records''
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*'''1914-1960''' - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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== Archives, Libraries, and Museums  ==
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Ridgeland South Carolina Family History Center]]
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Grays HWY (278 West)<br>Ridgeland, Jasper, South Carolina, United States<br>Phone: 843-726-8241<br>Hours: Monday - Saturday by appt. Wed. evening 6-8PM  
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== Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage  ==
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
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== References  ==
 
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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Jasper County

Jasper 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.

County in South Carolina Lowcountry.

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Coordinates: 32.44°0′N 81.02°0′W / 32.44°N 81.02°W / 32.44; -81.02

Jasper County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 30, 1912
County Seat Ridgeland
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Jasper County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1912  1915  1920  1912    1912

County Courthouse

JasperSC.jpg

Jasper County Courthouse
305 Russell St.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7728

Register of Deeds
358 Third Ave.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-717-3615
Land records

Clerk of Court
265 Russell Street
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7710
Court records

Probate Court
P.O. Box 1028
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7718
Probate and marriage records

Hours:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

History

Monument to William Jasper at Savannah, Georgia
The county is named after Sergeant William Jasper (c1750-1779).[1]

Parent County

1912--Jasper County was created 30 January 1912 from Beaufort and Hampton Counties.
County seat:  Ridgeland [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

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

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Research Guides

African Americans

Gotoarrow.pngJasper County, South Carolina African Americans

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 9,868
1930 9,988 1.2%
1940 11,011 10.2%
1950 10,995 −0.1%
1960 12,237 11.3%
1970 11,885 −2.9%
1980 14,504 22.0%
1990 15,487 6.8%
2000 20,678 33.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1920 and 1930 federal population schedules of Jasper 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.

Church

Church of England

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Ridgeland

Court

Jasper County has court records from 1912 that are held in the office of the Clerk of Court. Jasper County was formed from Beaufort and Hampton Counties in 1912 so these are counties which may also be searched.

The South Carolina Archives and History Center has court records available on microfilm for Jasper County.

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Jasper 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 Jasper, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 800 results.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards

Bibliography

Land

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 show where you may best expect to find land records for Jasper County:


Tracing Land Currently in Jasper County with Parent Counties and Districts [4]
Date Government Office  
1912-Present Jasper County
1878-1912 Hampton County
1868-1912 Beaufort County
1865-1868 Beaufort District
1769-1865 Beaufort District Records Lost
1710-1769 Charleston District
1670-1710 Proprietary Land Grants

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Perry, Grace Fox. Moving Finger of Jasper. unknown: unknown, 1952. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Todd, John Reynard and Francis M. Huston. Prince William's Parish and Plantations. ( Richmond [Virginia] : Garrett & Massie, c1935), 265 pages. Written with the idea of tracing, as briefly and accurately as possible, the physical development and transition of the Prince William's Parish secion of South Carolina from the earliest days of settlement to the present. Book found at FHL 975.79 H2t and Other Libraries.

Maps

Migration

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

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Jasper County

November 30, 1864, = Honey Hill[6]

Map showing Civil War battles in South Carolina

Revolutionary War
  • "Head Quarters muster roll, 1779," Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin, Fall 1970, Volume 7, Issue 2. Carolinas Genealogical Society : Monroe, NC. FHL Collection Book 975 B2c.

Civil War, 1861-1865

Jasper County did not exist during the Civil War. Present day Jasper County was created 30 January 1912 from Beaufort and Hampton Counties. During the Civil War, men from the area of Jasper County mostly would have served in various regiments recruited in Beaufort and Hampton Counties. Counties were called districts during the Civil War.

Civil War Battles

One battle was fought in what is now Jasper County. at Honey Hill on November 30, 1864. For additional information, see Battles in South Carolina.

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Jasper 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.

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:

  • Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin

Probate

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.

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 Jasper County.

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, when applicable.

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 Jasper 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 Jasper 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 - Indexes and Records

  • 1912-1950 - Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950 [8] FHL Collection - records
  • 1912-1952 - Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952 [9] FHL Collection - index and records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in  some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
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 Jasper County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

  • 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Family History Centers

Grays HWY (278 West)
Ridgeland, Jasper, South Carolina, United States
Phone: 843-726-8241
Hours: Monday - Saturday by appt. Wed. evening 6-8PM

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

Web Sites

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

References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August 2012)
  7. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  8. South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001.
  9. South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2005.