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The South Carolina Genealogical Society's [http://www.gps.scgen.org/ S.C. Cemetery Project] is a great starting point for cemetery research in the state. Their website includes lists of cemeteries in each county and names indexes to tombstones for select counties.  
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Cemetery records, such as tombstone and [[Sexton Records|sexton’s records]], have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.  
  
The Works Progress Administrations created one of the best collections of South Carolina cemetery inscriptions. These records are held at&nbsp;the [[South Caroliniana Library]] and have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. The cemeteries included in this collection are listed in ''Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography'' by Richard N. Côté. (N.p. Reprint. Originally published: 1981; Family History Library book {{FHL|322348|title-id|disp=975.7 H23c}}.)
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=== Locating Cemeteries ===
  
Other major manuscript collections include:  
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The South Carolina Genealogical Society's [http://www.gps.scgen.org/ S.C. Cemetery Project] is a great starting point for cemetery research in the state. Their website includes lists of cemeteries in each county and names indexes to tombstones for select counties.
  
*''The Daughters of the American Revolution'' (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from South Carolina cemeteries. This collection and an every-name index to it are described in [[South Carolina Genealogy]].
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For more information on cemetery records, see [[United States Cemeteries|'''United States Cemeteries''']].  
*''The Leonardo Andrea Collection'' (see [[South Carolina Genealogy]]) also includes inscriptions from numerous graveyards (Family History Library {{FHL|324877see|title-id|disp=films 942259 item 20, and film 954250}}). Another helpful collection is ''South Carolina Cemetery Records'', Three Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1941-54; Family History Library {{FHL|975.7 V22a|disp=book 975.7 V22a; film 873730 items 1-3}}).
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=== Online Resources ===
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=== Online Resources ===
  
Several important websites document gravestones in South Carolina. Some highlight&nbsp;libraries with cemetery books, others include transcriptions of the tombstones themselves, directions for finding cemeteries, and lists of local volunteers willing to snap photos of ancestral graves.  
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*[http://www.gps.scgen.org/ '''S.C. Cemetery Project'''], courtesy: [http://www.scgen.org/ South Carolina Genealogical Society]. This project encompasses all South Carolina counties. Lists of cemeteries are included for all counties, with personal name indexes for select counties.
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*'''[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]''' can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often comes with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members with links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*[http://www.interment.net/ '''Interment.net'''] includes many Illinois cemetery transcripts.
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery BillionGraves] can be searched by name, surname, or cemetery. It provides a photo and the GPS location of the grave marker.
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*[sciway3.net/scgenweb/t/ '''South Carolina GenWeb Project'''] includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/southcarolina/scarolina.html '''USGenWeb Tombstone Project'''] in USGenWeb Archives Digital Library. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries and the highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.
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*'''[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localSearch.php?state=41&locTGroup=Cemeteries&searchStr=&sec=0&destType=&Submit=Search&searchType=0 epodunk]''' has a gazetteer of South Carolina cemeteries.  
  
==== Bibliography  ====
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=== Indexes and Records ===
  
*The '''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog]''' lists published records of South Carolina cemeteries.&nbsp; Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns. &nbsp;Some of the books referenced here may be&nbsp;available on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search '''Google Books''']&nbsp;and in public libraries
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*The Works Progress Administrations created one of the best collections of South Carolina cemetery inscriptions. These records are held at the [[South Caroliniana Library]] and have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. The cemeteries included in this collection are listed in ''Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography'' by Richard N. Côté. (N.p. Reprint. Originally published: 1981 {{WorldCat|7762296|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|322348|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 H23c}}
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csb&CSst=16 '''World&nbsp;Cat'''] is a comprehensive library catalog covering hundreds of libraries. You can narrow searches to retrieve cemetery books for specific states and counties.
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:*''Works Projects Administration, South Carolina Historical Records Survey, Index to tombstone inscriptions 1930s'' (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Repring Company Publishers, 1984) {{FHL|18126|item|disp=FHL fiche 6016817 (first of 67)}} Alphabetical index of tombstone inscriptions.
  
==== Online Gravestone Transcripts  ====
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*''The Daughters of the American Revolution'' (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from South Carolina cemeteries. This collection and an every-name index to it are described in [[South Carolina Genealogy]].
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:*Daughters of the American Revolution, ''Genealogical Collection'' (SLC, Utah, 1971) {{FHL|547920|item|disp=FHL fiche 6052835; films 855210 (first of 31)}}
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:*Daughters of the American Revolution, ''South Carolina Genealogical Records, 1700-1970'' (SLC, Utah, 1972) {{FHL|449337|item|disp=FHL film 893738 item2}}
  
*[http://www.gps.scgen.org/ '''S.C. Cemetery Project'''], courtesy: [http://www.scgen.org/ South Carolina Genealogical Society]. This project encompasses all South Carolina counties. Lists of cemeteries are included for all counties, with personal name indexes for select counties.
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*''The Leonardo Andrea Collection'' (see [[South Carolina Genealogy]]) also includes inscriptions from numerous graveyards  {{FHL|324877|item|disp=FHL films 942259 item 20 and 954250}}
  
*'''[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave]''' can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*''South Carolina Cemetery Records'', Three Volumes. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society, 1941-54) {{FHL|199523|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 V22a; film 873730 items 1-3}}).
  
*[http://www.interment.net/ '''Interment.net''']&nbsp;includes many South Carolina cemetery transcripts.
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*To locate additional cemetery indexes and sexton records available through the Family History Library, use the "Place Search" function of the Family History Library Catalog for:
  
*[http://sciway3.net/scgenweb/ '''SCGenWeb Project'''] includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
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:SOUTH CAROLINA - CEMETERIES
  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/southcarolina '''The South Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project'''].&nbsp; In USGenWeb Archives Digital Library [database on-line]. N.p.: USGenWeb Archives, 17 February 1999– [cited 15 July 1999]. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries. The highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.
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:SOUTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
  
==== Cemetery Gazetteers  ====
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:SOUTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY],[TOWN] - CEMETERIES
  
*'''[http://www.epodunk.com/ ePodunk]'''&nbsp;is a gazetteer&nbsp;of South Carolina cemeteries.
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==== Bibliography  ====
  
*'''Find A Grave''' also gives&nbsp;a '''[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csb&CSst=43 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;many South Carolina counties] '''linking to the&nbsp;information about individuals buried there.
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*The '''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog]''' lists published records of South Carolina cemeteries.&nbsp; Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns. &nbsp;Some of the books referenced here may be&nbsp;available on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search '''Google Books''']&nbsp;and in public libraries
 
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csb&CSst=16 '''World&nbsp;Cat'''] is a comprehensive library catalog covering hundreds of libraries. You can narrow searches to retrieve cemetery books for specific states and counties.
==== Lookup Volunteers  ====
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*'''[http://www.raogk.org/southcar.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness]''' has located lookup volunteers who are willing to photograph tombstones for many South Carolina counties.
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Tomb of Arthur Middleton (1742–1787) at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Middleton was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Middleton's mother (Mary Williams), his son Henry Middleton, his grandson Williams Middleton, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Middleton are buried in the same burial plot.


Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.

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Locating Cemeteries

The South Carolina Genealogical Society's S.C. Cemetery Project is a great starting point for cemetery research in the state. Their website includes lists of cemeteries in each county and names indexes to tombstones for select counties.

For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries.

Online Resources

  • S.C. Cemetery Project, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society. This project encompasses all South Carolina counties. Lists of cemeteries are included for all counties, with personal name indexes for select counties.
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often comes with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members with links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Interment.net includes many Illinois cemetery transcripts.
  • BillionGraves can be searched by name, surname, or cemetery. It provides a photo and the GPS location of the grave marker.
  • [sciway3.net/scgenweb/t/ South Carolina GenWeb Project] includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
  • USGenWeb Tombstone Project in USGenWeb Archives Digital Library. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries and the highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.
  • epodunk has a gazetteer of South Carolina cemeteries.

Indexes and Records

  • The Works Progress Administrations created one of the best collections of South Carolina cemetery inscriptions. These records are held at the South Caroliniana Library and have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. The cemeteries included in this collection are listed in Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography by Richard N. Côté. (N.p. Reprint. Originally published: 1981 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.7 H23c
  • Works Projects Administration, South Carolina Historical Records Survey, Index to tombstone inscriptions 1930s (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Repring Company Publishers, 1984) FHL fiche 6016817 (first of 67) Alphabetical index of tombstone inscriptions.
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from South Carolina cemeteries. This collection and an every-name index to it are described in South Carolina Genealogy.
  • To locate additional cemetery indexes and sexton records available through the Family History Library, use the "Place Search" function of the Family History Library Catalog for:
SOUTH CAROLINA - CEMETERIES
SOUTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY] - CEMETERIES
SOUTH CAROLINA, [COUNTY],[TOWN] - CEMETERIES

Bibliography

  • The Family History Library Catalog lists published records of South Carolina cemeteries.  Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns.  Some of the books referenced here may be available on Google Books and in public libraries
  • World Cat is a comprehensive library catalog covering hundreds of libraries. You can narrow searches to retrieve cemetery books for specific states and counties.