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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services to assist [[South Carolina]] genealogical researchers.   
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina|South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South_Carolina_Archives_and_Libraries|Archives and Libraries]]''
  
Also visit the '''[http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/south-carolina-obituary-resources State Library Obituary Resources&nbsp;Portal]''' for a listing of SC public libraries that assist with family history searches.<br>
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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services to assist South Carolina genealogical researchers. For manuscript collections and compiled genealogies, the South Caroliniana Library in Columbia and the Charleston Historical Society in Charleston are excellent places to start (both are discussed in this article).<ref>Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.</ref>  
  
'''South Carolina Department of Archives and History<br>'''8301 Parklane Road<br>Columbia, SC 29229 <br>Telephone: 803-896-6100 <br>Fax: 803-896-6198<br>'''http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ http://scdah.sc.gov]''' <br>The Archives is open Monday thru Saturday from 8:45 a.m.&nbsp;to 4:45 p.m.
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Also visit the '''[http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/south-carolina-obituary-resources State Library Obituary Resources&nbsp;Portal]''' for a listing of SC public libraries that assist with family history searches.<br>  
  
The archives has an [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ online search engine] for indexes to [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ State land plats 1784 to 1868] and&nbsp;to [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ Will Transcripts 1782 to 1855] as well as other records.<br>
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=== State Archive  ===
  
The staff will check a few indexes for a specific name and send a photocopy order for records in which that name appears. A useful guide to the collection is Marion C. Chandler and Earl W. Wade, ''The South Carolina Archives: A Temporary Summary Guide'', 2d ed. (Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1976; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195302&disp=The+South+Carolina+archives%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 A5c]).  
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[[Image:{{SCDept}}]]'''[[South Carolina Department of Archives and History]]'''<br>8301 Parklane Road<br>Columbia, SC 29229 <br>Telephone: 803-896-6100 <br>Fax: 803-896-6198<br>[http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ Website]<br>[http://scdah.sc.gov Website]'''<br>'''Hours:&nbsp;Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:30 a.m.&nbsp;to&nbsp;5:00 p.m.  
  
'''[http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/ South Carolina State Library]'''<br>1430 Senate St<br>Columbia, SC 29201<br>(803) 734-8666<br>Ask Leo online help available during library hours.<br>Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br>[http://sclends.lib.sc.us/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/index.xml Online Catalog]  
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The archives has an [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/ online search engine] for indexes to Confederate Pension Applications, 1919-1926, Criminal Journals, 1769-1776, Plats for State Land Grants, 1784 to 1868, and Will Transcripts 1782 to 1855 as well as other records. It also has a list of county records available at the Archives: [http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/scedocs/Ar255Pu/001389.pdf Selected Bibliography of County, City, and Town Histories at the SC Archives Reference Library].
  
'''National Archives—Southeast Region''' (Atlanta)&nbsp; <br>1557 St. Joseph Avenue <br>East Point, GA 30344 <br>Telephone: 404-763-7477 <br>Fax: 404-763-7033
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The staff will check a few indexes for a specific name and send a photocopy order for records in which that name appears. A useful guide to the collection is Marion C. Chandler and Earl W. Wade, ''The South Carolina Archives: A Temporary Summary Guide'', 2d ed. (Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1976; {{WorldCat|2592345|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|195302|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 A5c}}).  
  
'''South Carolina Historical Society'''<br>100 Meeting Street<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2299&nbsp;<br>Telephone: 803-723-3225 <br>Fax: 803-723-8584<br>http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/<br>
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=== Regional Archives  ===
  
A helpful guide to the manuscript collection of this society is David Moltke-Hansen and Sallie Doscher, “''South Carolina Historical Society Manuscript Guide'',” ''South Carolina Historical Magazine'', July 1979 (Charleston: South Carolina Historical Society, 1979; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.7+B2s book 975.7 B2s, vol. 80, no. 3, supp.; film 1697883 item 13]).
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'''[[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]]'''&nbsp; <br>5780 Jonesboro Road <br>Morrow, GA 30260 <br>Telephone: 770-968-2100<br>Fax: 770-968-2547
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=== Libraries  ===
  
'''Thomas Cooper Library&nbsp;'''<br>University of South Carolina <br>Columbia, SC 29208-0103 <br>Telephone: 803-777-3142 <br>Fax: 803-777-4661<br>[http://www.sciway.net/lib/usclib.html [http://www.sciway.net/lib/usclib.html www.sciway.net/lib/usclib.html] ]  
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'''[http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/ South Carolina State Library]'''<br>1430 Senate St<br>Columbia, SC 29201<br>(803) 734-8666<br>"Ask Leo online help" available during library hours.<br>Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br>[http://sclends.lib.sc.us/opac/en-US/skin/default/xml/index.xml Online Catalog]  
  
A useful guide to the manuscript collection of this library is Allen H. Stokes, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library'' (Columbia, South Carolina: The Library, 1982; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=280355&disp=A+guide+to+the+manuscript+collection+of+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.7 A3s; fiche 6101065]).  
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'''[http://www.sc.edu/library/socar/ South Caroliniana Library]'''<br>910 North Sumter Street <br>Columbia, SC 29208-0001 <br>(803) 777-3131<br>8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday<br>
  
'''Charleston Library Society&nbsp;'''<br>164 King Street <br>Charleston, SC 29401 <br>Telephone: 803-723-9912<br>[http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org/ www.'''charleston''''''library''''''society'''.org/]
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'''[http://library.sc.edu/ Thomas Cooper Library]'''<br>University of South Carolina <br>Columbia, SC 29208-0103 <br>Telephone: 803-777-3142 <br>Fax: 803-777-4661 A useful guide to the manuscript collection of this library is Allen H. Stokes, ''A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library'' (Columbia, South Carolina: The Library, 1982); {{WorldCat|8956047|At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|280355|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 A3s; fiche 6101065}}
  
'''Charleston County Public Library'''  
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'''[http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org/ The Charleston Library Society]'''<br>164 King Street <br>Charleston, SC 29401 <br>Telephone: 803-723-9912
  
The Charleston County Public Library possesses a large number of books, maps, manuscripts, and images covering a wide variety of local history and genealogical topics. These resources are divided into two separate departments. The South Carolina Room houses local and regional history and genealogy materials, focusing on the history and genealogy of South Carolina, with special emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry. The Special Collections Department is an archive of historic manuscripts, books and visual materials representing Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. Access to the original materials in Special Collections is by appointment only, but much of the unique manuscript material is available on microfilm or photocopies in the South Carolina Room.  
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'''[http://www.ccpl.org/ The Charleston County Public Library]'''<br>68 Calhoun Street<br>Charleston, South Carolina 29401<br>Telephone: 843-805-6930 The Charleston County Public Library possesses a large number of books, maps, manuscripts, and images covering a wide variety of local history and genealogical topics. These resources are divided into two separate departments. The South Carolina Room houses local and regional history and genealogy materials, focusing on the history and genealogy of South Carolina, with special emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry. The Special Collections Department is an archive of historic manuscripts, books and visual materials representing Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. Access to the original materials in Special Collections is by appointment only, but much of the unique manuscript material is available on microfilm or photocopies in the South Carolina Room.  
  
[http://www.ccpl.org/ www.ccpl.org/]
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=== Historical Societies  ===
  
A helpful guide to research institutions in South Carolina is John Hammond Moore, ''Research Materials in South Carolina'' . . . (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1967; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=195321&disp=Research+materials+in+South+Carolina%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 A5m]).
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'''[[South Carolina Historical Society]]'''<br>100 Meeting Street<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2299&nbsp;<br>Telephone: 803-723-3225 <br>Fax: 803-723-8584<br>[http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/%7C Website]<br>
  
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of South Carolina counties, use the 14 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has all of the inventories. <!--{12094060680890} --><!--{12094060680891} --><!--{12094060680892} --><!--{12094060680893} --><!--{12094060680894} --><!--{12094060680895} --><!--{12094060680896} --><!--{12094060680897} --><!--{12094060680898} -->
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A helpful guide to the manuscript collection of this society is David Moltke-Hansen and Sallie Doscher, “''South Carolina Historical Society Manuscript Guide'',” ''South Carolina Historical Magazine'', July 1979 (Charleston: South Carolina Historical Society, 1979) {{WorldCat|20335784|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1288570|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 B2s, vol. 80, no. 3, supp.; film 1697883 item 13}}  
  
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*To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of South Carolina counties, use the 14 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has all of the inventories {{FHL|351741|subject_id|disp=South Carolina Archives and Libraries - Inventories, Registers and Catalogs}}
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*'''[http://www.librarysites.info/states/sc.htm South Carolina Libraries] (Government, Public, Academic)'''
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*A resource for locating archives in Appalachia is:<br>
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*''Archives in Appalachia: A Directory''. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. {{WorldCat|12712710|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|497048|item|disp=FHL book 975 A3a.}} The record covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.
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*[http://shrab.palmettohistory.org/repository/repositories.htm The SC SHRAB South Carolina Historical Repository Directory] online county-by-county directory.
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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services to assist South Carolina genealogical researchers. For manuscript collections and compiled genealogies, the South Caroliniana Library in Columbia and the Charleston Historical Society in Charleston are excellent places to start (both are discussed in this article).[1]

Also visit the State Library Obituary Resources Portal for a listing of SC public libraries that assist with family history searches.

Contents

State Archive

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29229
Telephone: 803-896-6100
Fax: 803-896-6198
Website
Website
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The archives has an online search engine for indexes to Confederate Pension Applications, 1919-1926, Criminal Journals, 1769-1776, Plats for State Land Grants, 1784 to 1868, and Will Transcripts 1782 to 1855 as well as other records. It also has a list of county records available at the Archives: Selected Bibliography of County, City, and Town Histories at the SC Archives Reference Library.

The staff will check a few indexes for a specific name and send a photocopy order for records in which that name appears. A useful guide to the collection is Marion C. Chandler and Earl W. Wade, The South Carolina Archives: A Temporary Summary Guide, 2d ed. (Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1976; At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.7 A5c).

Regional Archives

National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) 
5780 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260
Telephone: 770-968-2100
Fax: 770-968-2547

Libraries

South Carolina State Library
1430 Senate St
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8666
"Ask Leo online help" available during library hours.
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Online Catalog

South Caroliniana Library
910 North Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208-0001
(803) 777-3131
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday

Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208-0103
Telephone: 803-777-3142
Fax: 803-777-4661 A useful guide to the manuscript collection of this library is Allen H. Stokes, A Guide to the Manuscript Collection of the South Caroliniana Library (Columbia, South Carolina: The Library, 1982); WorldCat 8956047; FHL book 975.7 A3s; fiche 6101065

The Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Telephone: 803-723-9912

The Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Telephone: 843-805-6930 The Charleston County Public Library possesses a large number of books, maps, manuscripts, and images covering a wide variety of local history and genealogical topics. These resources are divided into two separate departments. The South Carolina Room houses local and regional history and genealogy materials, focusing on the history and genealogy of South Carolina, with special emphasis on Charleston and the Lowcountry. The Special Collections Department is an archive of historic manuscripts, books and visual materials representing Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry. Access to the original materials in Special Collections is by appointment only, but much of the unique manuscript material is available on microfilm or photocopies in the South Carolina Room.

Historical Societies

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401-2299 
Telephone: 803-723-3225
Fax: 803-723-8584
Website

A helpful guide to the manuscript collection of this society is David Moltke-Hansen and Sallie Doscher, “South Carolina Historical Society Manuscript Guide,” South Carolina Historical Magazine, July 1979 (Charleston: South Carolina Historical Society, 1979) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.7 B2s, vol. 80, no. 3, supp.; film 1697883 item 13

South Carolina Online Collections

links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

For Further Reading

  • A helpful guide to research institutions in South Carolina is John Hammond Moore, Research Materials in South Carolina . . . (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 1967) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.7 A5m
  • A resource for locating archives in Appalachia is:
  • Archives in Appalachia: A Directory. Boone, North Carolina: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1985. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975 A3a. The record covers the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The record is arranged alphabetically by state, then by the name of the repository. Each entry lists the archive, its address, phone number, inclusive dates of the collection, the records of the collection, what subjects are covered by the collection, and the size of the collection. There are two indexes: Record type, and Subject, with reference numbers corresponding to the repository. Also included is a list, under “Coming Attractions,” of agencies that do not currently collect manuscript materials but plan to do so in the future.

Websites


  1. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.