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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some of the best manuscript collections are at the South Carolina Historical Society, the South Carolinian Library, and the Charleston Library Society. Some notable genealogical collections for [[South Carolina]] are:  
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'''Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection'''. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library, Washington, DC, and is available on 31 films at the Family History Library (Family History Library films beginning with [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=547920&disp=Genealogical+collection++ 855210]). The volumes are generally arranged by county. These are listed in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SOUTH CAROLINA).  
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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some of the best manuscript collections are at the [http://www.southcarolinahistoricalsociety.org/ South Carolina Historical Society,] the [http://library.sc.edu/socar/ South Carolinian Library,] and the [http://www.charlestonlibrarysociety.org/ Charleston Library Society.] Some notable genealogical collections for [[South Carolina]].  
  
An every-name index of 617,000 names has been produced by the Family History Library (Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=656316&disp=South+Carolina+name+index+to+genealogica%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6052835]).
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=== Online Resources  ===
  
Genealogical Folders in the ''Leonardo Andrea Collection''. Andrea's collection of research files is in the possession of his family but a microfilm copy is at the Family History Library. It was filmed in 1974 in two alphabetical parts: Genealogical Folders . . . (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=177657&disp=Genealogical+folders+in+the+Leonardo+And%20%20&columns=*,0,0 954524-97 index on 954524 and 954241-46),] and Genealogical Correspondence (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=36173&disp=Genealogical+correspondence%20%20&columns=*,0,0 954255-61 and 947464-77]). An inventory of the collection is Index to Genealogical Folders in the ''Leonardo Andrea Collection'' (typescript; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=329103&disp=Index+to+genealogical+folders+in+the+Leo%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.7 D22a; film 908685 item 6; fiche 6019560]).  
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*'''Search Engines'''. Online search engines make it possible to search for ancestors' names across the Internet. Examples:
  
[http://www.scdar.org/ <span class="a">[http://www.scdar.org/ www.scdar.org/</span>]]
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*[http://www.google.com/ Google.com] (try searching for your ancestor's name in parenthesis, i.e. "Jebediah Hogg")
  
'''Colonial Families of South Carolina'''. This collection of surname folders by Motte Alston Read was filmed in 1952 at the South Carolina Historical Society (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=367403&disp=Colonial+families+of+South+Carolina%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022750 item 2 and 022751-89]; subject and family index is on Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=367403&disp=Colonial+families+of+South+Carolina%20%20&columns=*,0,0 film 022750 item 1]). The information is from newspapers, deeds, court records, church records, and so forth. The subject references can only be investigated through correspondence with the South Carolina Historical Society.
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*[http://mocavo.com/ Mocavo.com] (a new site that searches only websites with genealogical content)
  
'''Some major published genealogical collections for South Carolina include'''<nowiki>:</nowiki><br>''South Carolina Genealogies: Articles from the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine.'' Five Volumes. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., 1983. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.7+D2s 975.7 D2s]). Volume 5 contains an every-name index to Volumes one through four.
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==== Family Tree Databases  ====
  
Wooley, James E., ed. ''A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records''. Three Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979-82. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.7+D2c 975.7 D2c].) This is an alphabetical collection for families from the Old 96 District.  
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*'''World Connect'''. Hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians appear in family trees submitted to the online ''[http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com World Connect Project]''. The accuracy of the data varies, but the database is commendable for its ability to include transcribed sources within each individual's file. These databases will provide many researchers clues as to what has been done in the past, and where future research efforts should be directed.
  
Lineage Charts ''South Carolina Genealogical Society Chapters''. Four Volumes. Greenville, South Carolina: Greenville Chapter, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, 1976-87?. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.7+D2L 975.7 D2L].) This contains records submitted by members of the Society.
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==== Digital Books  ====
  
=== Printing Your Family History ===
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Many published genealogies, particularly those printed before 1923, which are now out of copyright, are being digitized and made available online. Major sites include:
  
Pulling together a family history is without question one of the most rewarding activities you can do. The end product will provide a wonderful depository for family stories, traditions, and other memories. The fruits of your labors will be appreciated for years to come.
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*[http://books.google.com/ Google Books]
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*[http://www.archive.org/ Internet Archive]
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com]
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*[http://books.familysearch.org/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?dscnt=1&dstmp=1341692319985&vid=FHD_PUBLIC&fromLogin=true Family History Archive] (this site focuses specifically on genealogy and history books)
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*[http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/ World Vital Records]
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*[http://www.jstor.org/ JSTOR] (this subscription site searches, among other items, scholarly history journals)
  
Brigham Young University's Print and Mail Production Center offers their facilities and consultants to assist you in [http://pmpc.byu.edu/Copy/family_history/index.php printing your family history].
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==== Community Networking Sites  ====
  
Family History Consultants are available to answer questions regarding formatting, layout, photo scanning, and can assist you in printing your family history.
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In the pre-Internet days, many genealogists published queries in genealogical journals where their ancestors lived, such as ''The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research.'' Today, most genealogists post queries online.  
  
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'''Message Boards and Lists'''. Genealogists share information and ask questions in online message boards. Some examples are:
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*[http://genforum.com/sc/ South Carolina Genealogy Forum] (Genealogy.com) 25,000+ messages
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*[http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.southcarolina/mb.ashx South Carolina - Family History &amp; Genealogy Message Boards] (Ancestry.com) 10,000+ messages
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*[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/index.html RootsWeb Mailing Lists]&nbsp;(find lists devoted to your surname,&nbsp;ancestor's place of residence, ethnicity, etc.)
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You should also use message boards focused on specific surnames and localities (such as counties) to find your ancestors. {{DNA}} <br><br>'''DNA'''. DNA studies are one of the most exciting new ways to learn about your roots. There are many DNA companies that can assist. Y-Chromosome tests are very helpful, because they can help many people who share surnames find out if they're related. They let you know if someone is already studying your particular surname. A few that include surname projects are:
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*[http://www.familytreedna.com/ Family Tree DNA] (also try [http://www.ysearch.org/ YSearch])
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*[http://dna.ancestry.com/welcome.aspx Ancestry DNA]
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*[http://www.smgf.org/pages/ydatabase.jspx Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation]
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==== Finding Aids  ====
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'''Family History Library Catalog'''.&nbsp;Use the [https://familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=surname "Last names"] search to pinpoint books about specific families in this large collection at the Family History Library.
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'''PERSI'''. This database, available online both at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] ($) and [http://www.heritagequestonline.com/ HeritageQuestOnline] ($), searches the titles of articles published in genealogy journals. It can help you learn if anyone has published information in this format on your particular family tree.
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'''FamilySearch Wiki Bibliographies'''. Lists of South Carolina genealogies, county-by-county, are being compiled on FamilySearch Wiki:
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[[Abbeville County, South Carolina Genealogy|Abbeville]]{{·}} [[Aiken County, South Carolina|Aiken]]{{·}} [[Allendale County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Allendale]]{{·}} [[Anderson County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Anderson]]{{·}} [[Bamberg County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Bamberg]]{{·}} [[Barnwell County, South Carolina Genealogy|Barnwell]]{{·}} [[Beaufort County, South Carolina Genealogy|Beaufort]]{{·}} [[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy|Berkeley]]{{·}} [[Calhoun County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Calhoun]]{{·}} [[Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy|Charleston]]{{·}} [[Cherokee County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Cherokee]]{{·}} [[Chester County, South Carolina Genealogy|Chester]]{{·}} [[Chesterfield County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Chesterfield]]{{·}} [[Clarendon County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Clarendon]]{{·}} [[Colleton County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Colleton]]{{·}} [[Darlington County, South Carolina Genealogy|Darlington]]{{·}} [[Dillon County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Dillon]]{{·}} [[Dorchester County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Dorchester]]{{·}} [[Edgefield County, South Carolina Genealogy|Edgefield]]{{·}} [[Fairfield County, South Carolina Genealogy|Fairfield]]{{·}} [[Florence County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Florence]]{{·}} [[Georgetown County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Georgetown]]{{·}} [[Greenville County, South Carolina Genealogy|Greenville]]{{·}} [[Greenwood County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Greenwood]]{{·}} [[Hampton County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Hampton]]{{·}} [[Horry County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Horry]]{{·}} [[Jasper County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Jasper]]{{·}} [[Kershaw County, South Carolina Genealogy|Kershaw]]{{·}} [[Lancaster County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lancaster]]{{·}} [[Laurens County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Laurens]]{{·}} [[Lee County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Lee]]{{·}} [[Lexington County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Lexington]]{{·}} [[Marion County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Marion]]{{·}} [[Marlboro County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Marlboro]]{{·}} [[McCormick County, South Carolina#Genealogy|McCormick]]{{·}} [[Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy|Newberry]]{{·}} [[Oconee County, South Carolina Genealogy|Oconee]]{{·}} [[Orangeburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Orangeburg]]{{·}} [[Pickens County, South Carolina Genealogy|Pickens]]{{·}} [[Richland County, South Carolina Genealogy|Richland]]{{·}} [[Saluda County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Saluda]]{{·}} [[Spartanburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Spartanburg]]{{·}} [[Sumter County, South Carolina Genealogy|Sumter]]{{·}} [[Union County, South Carolina Genealogy|Union]]{{·}} [[Williamsburg County, South Carolina#Genealogy|Williamsburg]]{{·}} [[York County, South Carolina Genealogy|York]]
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=== Manuscript Collections  ===
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'''Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection'''
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This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the [http://dar.org/ DAR Library], Washington, DC, and is available on 31 films at the Family History Library. {{FHL|547920|item|disp=FHL film 855210}} The volumes are generally arranged by county.
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An every-name index of 617,000 names has been produced by the Family History Library {{FHL|656316|item|disp=FHL fiche 6052835}}
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'''Leonardo Andrea.'''
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The late Leonardo Andrea was a professional genealogist who specialized in South Carolina research. Surname indexes to his [http://www.andreafiles.com/files.php Files], [http://www.andreafiles.com/folders.php Folders], and [http://www.andreafiles.com/resources.php Resources] are available online, courtesy: [http://www.andreafiles.com/ The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research]. The original manuscripts are kept at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.<ref>[http://www.andreafiles.com/moreinfo.php "More Information,"] ''The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research,'' accessed 2 September 2010.</ref>FHL has microfilmed several Andrea collections. The Catalog breaks down the surnames that appear in several of these collections:
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:*1029 folders {{FHL|954524}} (51 films) and printed index {{FHL|975.7 D22a}}
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:*Genealogical correspondence {{FHL|954255}} (21 films)
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:*Miscellaneous genealogical data {{FHL|954253}} (2 films)<br>
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An inventory of the collection is Index to Genealogical Folders in the ''Leonardo Andrea Collection'' {{FHL|329103|item|disp=FHL film 954524; fiche 6019560; book 975.7 D22a}}
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'''Colonial Families of South Carolina'''
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This collection of surname folders by Motte Alston Read was filmed in 1952 at the South Carolina Historical Society. {{FHL|367403|item|disp=FHL film 022750 item 2–022789.}}The subject and family index is on {{FHL|367403|item|disp=FHL film 022750 item 1.}} The information is from newspapers, deeds, court records, church records, and so forth. The subject references can only be investigated through correspondence with the South Carolina Historical Society.
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=== Published Sources  ===
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'''Some major published genealogical collections for South Carolina include'''<nowiki>:</nowiki>
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*''South Carolina Genealogies: Articles from the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine.'' Five Volumes. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., 1983. {{FHL|207188|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D2s}} Volume 5 contains an every-name index to Volumes one through four.
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*Wooley, James E., ed. ''A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records''. Three Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979-82. (Family History Library book {{FHL|33261|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D2c}} This is an alphabetical collection for families from the Old 96 District.
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*Lineage Charts ''South Carolina Genealogical Society Chapters''. Four Volumes. Greenville, South Carolina: Greenville Chapter, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, 1976-87?. {{FHL|33261|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D2L}} This contains records submitted by members of the Society.
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*Crozier, William Armstrong. ''A Key to Southern Pedigrees: Being a Comprehensive Guide to the Colonial Ancestry of Families in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama.'' 2nd ed. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953. Digital version at {{FSbook|107982}} - free.
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=== Writing and Sharing Your Family History  ===
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Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:<br>
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*It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
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*It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
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*It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
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*It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.<br>
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:See also:
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:*[[Create a Family History]]
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:*[[Writing Your Family and Personal History]]
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:*[[A Guide to Printing Your Family History]]
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== References  ==
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<references />
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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Genealogy

Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some of the best manuscript collections are at the South Carolina Historical Society, the South Carolinian Library, and the Charleston Library Society. Some notable genealogical collections for South Carolina.

Contents

Online Resources

  • Search Engines. Online search engines make it possible to search for ancestors' names across the Internet. Examples:
  • Google.com (try searching for your ancestor's name in parenthesis, i.e. "Jebediah Hogg")
  • Mocavo.com (a new site that searches only websites with genealogical content)

Family Tree Databases

  • World Connect. Hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians appear in family trees submitted to the online World Connect Project. The accuracy of the data varies, but the database is commendable for its ability to include transcribed sources within each individual's file. These databases will provide many researchers clues as to what has been done in the past, and where future research efforts should be directed.

Digital Books

Many published genealogies, particularly those printed before 1923, which are now out of copyright, are being digitized and made available online. Major sites include:

Community Networking Sites

In the pre-Internet days, many genealogists published queries in genealogical journals where their ancestors lived, such as The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research. Today, most genealogists post queries online.

Message Boards and Lists. Genealogists share information and ask questions in online message boards. Some examples are:

You should also use message boards focused on specific surnames and localities (such as counties) to find your ancestors.
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DNA. DNA studies are one of the most exciting new ways to learn about your roots. There are many DNA companies that can assist. Y-Chromosome tests are very helpful, because they can help many people who share surnames find out if they're related. They let you know if someone is already studying your particular surname. A few that include surname projects are:

Finding Aids

Family History Library Catalog. Use the "Last names" search to pinpoint books about specific families in this large collection at the Family History Library.

PERSI. This database, available online both at Ancestry.com ($) and HeritageQuestOnline ($), searches the titles of articles published in genealogy journals. It can help you learn if anyone has published information in this format on your particular family tree.

FamilySearch Wiki Bibliographies. Lists of South Carolina genealogies, county-by-county, are being compiled on FamilySearch Wiki:

Abbeville · Aiken · Allendale · Anderson · Bamberg · Barnwell · Beaufort · Berkeley · Calhoun · Charleston · Cherokee · Chester · Chesterfield · Clarendon · Colleton · Darlington · Dillon · Dorchester · Edgefield · Fairfield · Florence · Georgetown · Greenville · Greenwood · Hampton · Horry · Jasper · Kershaw · Lancaster · Laurens · Lee · Lexington · Marion · Marlboro · McCormick · Newberry · Oconee · Orangeburg · Pickens · Richland · Saluda · Spartanburg · Sumter · Union · Williamsburg · York

Manuscript Collections

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection

This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library, Washington, DC, and is available on 31 films at the Family History Library. FHL film 855210 The volumes are generally arranged by county.

An every-name index of 617,000 names has been produced by the Family History Library FHL fiche 6052835

Leonardo Andrea.

The late Leonardo Andrea was a professional genealogist who specialized in South Carolina research. Surname indexes to his Files, Folders, and Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. The original manuscripts are kept at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.[1]FHL has microfilmed several Andrea collections. The Catalog breaks down the surnames that appear in several of these collections:

An inventory of the collection is Index to Genealogical Folders in the Leonardo Andrea Collection FHL film 954524; fiche 6019560; book 975.7 D22a

Colonial Families of South Carolina

This collection of surname folders by Motte Alston Read was filmed in 1952 at the South Carolina Historical Society. FHL film 022750 item 2–022789.The subject and family index is on FHL film 022750 item 1. The information is from newspapers, deeds, court records, church records, and so forth. The subject references can only be investigated through correspondence with the South Carolina Historical Society.

Published Sources

Some major published genealogical collections for South Carolina include:

  • South Carolina Genealogies: Articles from the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Five Volumes. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., 1983. FHL book 975.7 D2s Volume 5 contains an every-name index to Volumes one through four.
  • Wooley, James E., ed. A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records. Three Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979-82. (Family History Library book FHL book 975.7 D2c This is an alphabetical collection for families from the Old 96 District.
  • Lineage Charts South Carolina Genealogical Society Chapters. Four Volumes. Greenville, South Carolina: Greenville Chapter, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, 1976-87?. FHL book 975.7 D2L This contains records submitted by members of the Society.
  • Crozier, William Armstrong. A Key to Southern Pedigrees: Being a Comprehensive Guide to the Colonial Ancestry of Families in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Writing and Sharing Your Family History

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
See also:

References

  1. "More Information," The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research, accessed 2 September 2010.