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'''Proprietary Grants'''<br>
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=== Proprietary Grants ===
  
Land grants were made by the Lords Proprietor from about 1670 to 1719, and recorded by the Register of the Province. Proprietary land titles, abstracts of title, and registrations of land grants are sometimes called “memorials.” Governors issued warrants and ordered plats and surveys, but most of these documents are lost. After 1682 an indenture was often used to deed land in exchange for quitrents. <br>
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Land grants were made by the Lords Proprietor from about 1670 to 1719, and recorded by the Register of the Province. Proprietary land titles, abstracts of title, and registrations of land grants are sometimes called “memorials.” Governors issued warrants and ordered plats and surveys, but most of these documents are lost. After 1682 an indenture was often used to deed land in exchange for quitrents.  
  
Lists of many early landowners of [[South Carolina]] are found in Alexander S. Salley, ''Records of the Secretary of the Province and the Register of the Province of South Carolina'', 1671-1675 (Columbia, South Carolina: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1944; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197721&disp=Records+of+the+Secretary+of+the+Province%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 975.7 N2rs; film 1425662 item 5]). This includes deeds, wills, and other records. <br>
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Lists of many early landowners of [[South Carolina]] are found in: <br>  
  
Land warrants were presented to the surveyor general and recorded by the secretary of state. They are often the most complete guide to early land settlement. Proprietary grants are listed in A.S. Salley, Jr., ''Warrants for Lands in South Carolina ''1672-1711, 1910-15, Reprint (Columbia, South Carolina: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1973; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197792&disp=Warrants+for+lands+in+South+Carolina%2C+%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 R2s]; film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197796&disp=Warrants+for+land+in+South+Carolina+%5B1%20%20&columns=*,0,0 845162 items 3-4 1672-1692], and film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197796&disp=Warrants+for+land+in+South+Carolina+%5B1%20%20&columns=*,0,0 845163 1692-1711]). <br>
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*Salley, Alexander S. ''Records of the Secretary of the Province and the Register of the Province of South Carolina, 1671-1675,'' (Columbia, South Carolina: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1944; [http://books.google.com/books?id=-k0TAAAAYAAJ Google Books]; {{WorldCat|1514972|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197721|item|disp=FHL Film 1425662 item 5, Book 975.7 N2rs}}. This includes deeds, wills, and other records.
  
'''Royal Period'''<br>From 1719 to 1775, when South Carolina was a royal colony, grants were recorded by the secretary of the province and deeds were recorded separately by the public register. After land offices suspended much of their business in the 1720s, Sir George Carteret bought out most of the proprietor's lands in 1729. The portion originally held by Sir George, and later held by the Earl of Granville, remained under the proprietary system until the Revolution. A discussion of the land system, land frauds, and quitrents is in William Roy Smith, ''South Carolina as a Royal Province'', 1719-1776 (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1903; Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197282&disp=South+Carolina+as+a+royal+province%2C+17%20%20&columns=*,0,0 1320960 item 4]). Also see [[South Carolina Taxation]] for further information on quitrents.
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Land warrants were presented to the surveyor general and recorded by the secretary of state. They are often the most complete guide to early land settlement. Proprietary grants are listed in  
  
'''North Carolina Records'''. In 1729 South Carolina was officially separated from North Carolina, although boundaries between the states remained unstable, and North Carolina granted some land to South Carolina. The North Carolina counties of Anson, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, and Tyron have records that pertain to South Carolina residents. An example of a printed source for these records is Brent H. Holcomb, ''North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina'', Two Volumes. (Clinton, South Carolina: B. Holcomb, 1975, 1976; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=291245&disp=North+Carolina+land+grants+in+South+Caro%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975 R28n]. Volumes. 1-2 are for years 1749-1773 for Anson, Mecklenburg, and Tyron counties). <br>
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*Salley, A. S. ''Warrants for Land in South Carolina 1672-1711. ''Columbia, S.C.: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1910-1911. [http://www.genealogical.com/ '''Free Name Search''']<ref name="name">Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Publications_in_Name_Search_at_Genealogical.com Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com]</ref>; publisher's bookstore: [http://www.genealogical.com/products/Warrants_for_Land_in_South_Carolina_1672_1711/9435.html Genealogical.com]; digital versions at [https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE87862&dps_dvs=1334692979490~128&dps_pid=IE87862&change_lng=en FamilySearch], {{FSbook|106122}} and {{FSbook|87862}} ; [http://books.google.com/books?id=7RoWAAAAYAAJ Google Books]. {{WorldCat|15215529|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|197796|item|disp=FHL Film 845162 Items 3-4 }}
  
'''Charleston Office Records'''. South Carolina deeds, releases, bonds, and mortgages from all counties were recorded at Charleston during the years 1719 to 1786. The original documents are in the office of the Register of Mesne Conveyance in Charleston. Copies are at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library. They are indexed in: <br>
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=== Royal Period  ===
  
Langley, Clara A. ''South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772''. Four Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1983-84. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=975.7+R2L 975.7 R2L].) Witnesses, neighbors, and residences are often mentioned. <br>
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From 1719 to 1775, when South Carolina was a royal colony, grants were recorded by the secretary of the province and deeds were recorded separately by the public register. After land offices suspended much of their business in the 1720s, Sir George Carteret bought out most of the proprietor's lands in 1729. The portion originally held by Sir George, and later held by the Earl of Granville, remained under the proprietary system until the Revolution. A discussion of the land system, land frauds, and quitrents is in:
  
''Charleston County (South Carolina), Register of Mesne Conveyance., An Index to Deeds of the Province and State of South Carolina, 1719-1785, and Charlestown District, 1785-1800''. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1977. (Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=279592&disp=An+index+to+deeds+of+the+province+and+st%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 R2c].) This indexes the names of grantors and grantees, but gives little additional information.  
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*Smith, William Roy. ''South Carolina as a Royal Province, 1719-1776.'' (New York, NY: Macmillan, 1903). Digital Versions: [http://books.google.com/books?id=-5_II2mbG90C&printsec=frontcover&dq=South+Carolina+as+a+Royal+Province&hl=en&ei=dXLlTJ2lJY32tgOqidWyCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] and [https://dcms.lds.org/view/action/ieViewer.do?from_proxy=true&dps_pid=IE218493&dps_dvs=1334694372142~543&dps_pid=IE218493&change_lng=en FamilySearch]; {{WorldCat|2415963|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}};{{FHL|197282|item|disp=FHL Film 1320960 item 4}}. Also see [[South Carolina Taxation]] for further information on quitrents.
  
Royal land grants issued for the years 1731 to 1775 often pertain to the four original districts of Colleton, Craven, Berkeley, and Granville. The originals are housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=473372&disp=Royal+land+grants%2C+1731%2D1775%3B+inde%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022581-97] and [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=309605&disp=Royal+land+grants+in+South+Carolina%2C+b%20%20&columns=*,0,0 361873]). The index is on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=473372&disp=Royal+land+grants%2C+1731%2D1775%3B+inde%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022581]. Headright grants were awarded in South Carolina, and are in the South Carolina Council Journals (1749-1773) found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. <br>
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==== '''North Carolina Records'''  ====
  
Beginning in 1741, all persons who had received land in South Carolina after 1719 had to deliver “memorials” to the auditor general, stating the county, parish, location, quantity, names of adjacent land owners, boundaries, and how the present title was received. Originals of these records are found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library for the years 1704 to 1775 (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=284315&disp=South+Carolina+memorials%3B+registration%20%20&columns=*,0,0 023297-305]; the index is on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=284315&disp=South+Carolina+memorials%3B+registration%20%20&columns=*,0,0 023297]). A few of these records are published in Katie-Prince Ward Esker, ''South Carolina Memorials'', ''1731-1776: Abstracts of Selected Land Records from a Collection in the Department of Archives and History . . .'', Two Volumes. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1973-1977; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=47837&disp=South+Carolina+memorials%2C+1731%2D1776%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 R28e]; the library has Volume 2 only). <br>
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In 1729 South Carolina was officially separated from North Carolina, although boundaries between the states remained unstable, and North Carolina granted some land to South Carolina. The North Carolina counties of Anson, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, and Tyron have records that pertain to South Carolina residents. An example of a printed source for these records is:  
  
Original plats and surveys are available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Copies of these records are at the Family History Library for 1861 (Family History Library films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=473383&disp=South+Carolina+land+plats%2C+1731%2D1861%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022598-625], films [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=473383&disp=South+Carolina+land+plats%2C+1731%2D1861%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022598-600] contain indexes). These records show the location of the land and give the names of adjacent landowners. <br>
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*Holcomb, Brent H. ''North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina. ''Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1980. [http://www.genealogical.com/ '''Free Name Search''']<ref name="name">Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Publications_in_Name_Search_at_Genealogical.com Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com]</ref>; publisher's bookstore: [http://www.genealogical.com/products/North_Carolina_Land_Grants_in_South_Carolina/2783.html Genealogical.com]; {{FHL|291245|item|disp=FHL Book 975 R28n}}. Volumes. 1-2 are for years 1749-1773 for Anson, Mecklenburg, and Tyron counties). <br>
  
'''State Land Records'''<br>After South Carolina became a state, unclaimed land was granted by the state. Microfilms of land grants recorded by the Surveyor General, 1784 to 1882, are at the Family History Library (Family History Library film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=362216&disp=Land+grants%2C+1784%2D1882%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022531-580]; the index is on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=362216&disp=Land+grants%2C+1784%2D1882%20%20&columns=*,0,0 022531]). The original records are at the Secretary of State's Office at Columbia. These are partially indexed in Ronald Vern Jackson, ''Index to South Carolina Land Grants, 1784-1800'' (Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1977; Family History Library book [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=55289&disp=Index+to+South+Carolina+land+grants%2C+1%20%20&columns=*,0,0 975.7 R22j]).
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==== '''Charleston Office Records''' ====
  
<br>'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''
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South Carolina deeds, releases, bonds, and mortgages from all counties were recorded at Charleston during the years 1719 to 1786. The original documents are in the office of the Register of Mesne Conveyance in Charleston. Copies are at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library. They are indexed in: <br>  
  
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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*Langley, Clara A. ''South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772''. Four Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1983-84. {{FHL|319453|item}}, FHL book 975.7 R2L. Witnesses, neighbors, and residences are often mentioned. <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.  
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''Charleston County (South Carolina), Register of Mesne Conveyance., An Index to Deeds of the Province and State of South Carolina, 1719-1785, and Charlestown District, 1785-1800''. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1977. {{FHL|279592|item}},&nbsp;FHL book 975.7 R2c. This indexes the names of grantors and grantees, but gives little additional information.  
  
Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.  
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Royal land grants issued for the years 1731 to 1775 often pertain to the four original districts of Colleton, Craven, Berkeley, and Granville. The originals are housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library. {{FHL|473372|item}}, FHL films 022581-97 and {{FHL|309605|item}}, FHL film 361873. The index is on film 022581 {{FHL|473372|item}}. Headright grants were awarded in South Carolina, and are in the South Carolina Council Journals (1749-1773) found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. <br>
  
<br>'''County Land Records'''<br>Deeds were recorded in the counties by the clerk of the court after 1785. Most of the pre-1800 files are very incomplete. Between 1785 and 1868, land transfers were kept according to a number of old and new districts, later called counties. For further information on the history and organization of districts, see James M. Black, ''The Counties and Districts of South Carolina'', Genealogical Journal, Volume 5, Number 3.  
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Beginning in 1741, all persons who had received land in South Carolina after 1719 had to deliver “memorials” to the auditor general, stating the county, parish, location, quantity, names of adjacent land owners, boundaries, and how the present title was received. Originals of these records are found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library for the years 1704 to 1775 {{FHL|284315|item}}, FHL films 023297-305; the index is on film 023297. A few of these records are published in Katie-Prince Ward Esker, ''South Carolina Memorials'', ''1731-1776: Abstracts of Selected Land Records from a Collection in the Department of Archives and History . . .'', Two Volumes. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1973-1977; {{FHL|47837|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 R28e}}. <br>
  
The Family History Library has microfilms of many of the surviving pre-1865 land records of most of the districts. For example, the library has Charleston County bills of sale, powers of attorney, bonds, notes, contracts, pardons, commissions, accounts, and indentures, 1719 to 1873, and Greenville County deeds, 1786 to 1865. Most of the pre-1865 land records are missing for the districts of Abbeville, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Colleton, Georgetown, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland. <br>
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Original plats and surveys are available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Copies of these records are at the Family History Library for 1861 {{FHL|473383|item}}, FHL films 022598-625, films 022598-600 contain indexes. These records show the location of the land and give the names of adjacent landowners. <br>
  
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is currently filming deeds and plats in county courthouses up to 1920. Other archives with land records are the South Carolinian Library and the South Carolina Historical Society.
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=== State Land Records  ===
  
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After South Carolina became a state, unclaimed land was granted by the state. Microfilms of land grants recorded by the Surveyor General, 1784 to 1882, are at the Family History Library. {{FHL|362216|item}}, films 022531-580; the index is on film 022531. The original records are at the Secretary of State's Office at Columbia. These are partially indexed in
  
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*Jackson, Ronald Vern. ''Index to South Carolina Land Grants, 1784-1800.'' Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1977; {{FHL|55289|item}}, FHL book 975.7 R22j.
  
=== Internet Resources ===
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==== <br>Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868  ====
  
[http://scdah.sc.gov/ South Carolina State Archives and History]
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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/ On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/South-Carolina-Land-Records-and-Deeds.htm South Carolina Land Records and Deeds Directory], by Online Searches, LLC, accessed 11/17/2010
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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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Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.<br>
  
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=== County Land Records  ===
  
=== References  ===
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Deeds were recorded in the counties by the clerk of the court after 1785. Most of the pre-1800 files are very incomplete. Between 1785 and 1868, land transfers were kept according to a number of old and new districts, later called counties. For further information on the history and organization of districts, see James M. Black, ''The Counties and Districts of South Carolina'', Genealogical Journal, Volume 5, Number 3.
  
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The Family History Library has microfilms of many of the surviving pre-1865 land records of most of the districts. For example, the library has Charleston County bills of sale, powers of attorney, bonds, notes, contracts, pardons, commissions, accounts, and indentures, 1719 to 1873, and Greenville County deeds, 1786 to 1865. Most of the pre-1865 land records are missing for the districts of Abbeville, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Colleton, Georgetown, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland. <br>
  
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The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is currently filming deeds and plats in county courthouses up to 1920. Other archives with land records are the South Carolinian Library and the South Carolina Historical Society.<br>
  
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=== Research Strategies  ===
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Indexes in original deed books often omit items such as slave sales and prenuptual agreements. Where possible, search both original deed book indexes and published abstracts with everyname indexes.<ref>Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.</ref>
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=== Websites  ===
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*[http://scdah.sc.gov/ South Carolina State Archives and History]
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*[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/South-Carolina-Land-Records-and-Deeds.htm South Carolina Land Records and Deeds Directory], by Online Searches, LLC, accessed 11/17/2010
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*[http://www.mysouthcarolinagenealogy.com/sc-records-land.html South Carolina Land Records], at My South Carolina Genealogy.com, accessed 11/18/2010
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Drayton Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina

Contents


Proprietary Grants

Land grants were made by the Lords Proprietor from about 1670 to 1719, and recorded by the Register of the Province. Proprietary land titles, abstracts of title, and registrations of land grants are sometimes called “memorials.” Governors issued warrants and ordered plats and surveys, but most of these documents are lost. After 1682 an indenture was often used to deed land in exchange for quitrents.

Lists of many early landowners of South Carolina are found in:

Land warrants were presented to the surveyor general and recorded by the secretary of state. They are often the most complete guide to early land settlement. Proprietary grants are listed in

Royal Period

From 1719 to 1775, when South Carolina was a royal colony, grants were recorded by the secretary of the province and deeds were recorded separately by the public register. After land offices suspended much of their business in the 1720s, Sir George Carteret bought out most of the proprietor's lands in 1729. The portion originally held by Sir George, and later held by the Earl of Granville, remained under the proprietary system until the Revolution. A discussion of the land system, land frauds, and quitrents is in:

North Carolina Records

In 1729 South Carolina was officially separated from North Carolina, although boundaries between the states remained unstable, and North Carolina granted some land to South Carolina. The North Carolina counties of Anson, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rutherford, and Tyron have records that pertain to South Carolina residents. An example of a printed source for these records is:

  • Holcomb, Brent H. North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1980. Free Name Search[1]; publisher's bookstore: Genealogical.com; FHL Book 975 R28n. Volumes. 1-2 are for years 1749-1773 for Anson, Mecklenburg, and Tyron counties).

Charleston Office Records

South Carolina deeds, releases, bonds, and mortgages from all counties were recorded at Charleston during the years 1719 to 1786. The original documents are in the office of the Register of Mesne Conveyance in Charleston. Copies are at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library. They are indexed in:

  • Langley, Clara A. South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1719-1772. Four Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1983-84. FHL Collection, FHL book 975.7 R2L. Witnesses, neighbors, and residences are often mentioned.

Charleston County (South Carolina), Register of Mesne Conveyance., An Index to Deeds of the Province and State of South Carolina, 1719-1785, and Charlestown District, 1785-1800. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1977. FHL Collection, FHL book 975.7 R2c. This indexes the names of grantors and grantees, but gives little additional information.

Royal land grants issued for the years 1731 to 1775 often pertain to the four original districts of Colleton, Craven, Berkeley, and Granville. The originals are housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library. FHL Collection, FHL films 022581-97 and FHL Collection, FHL film 361873. The index is on film 022581 FHL Collection. Headright grants were awarded in South Carolina, and are in the South Carolina Council Journals (1749-1773) found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.

Beginning in 1741, all persons who had received land in South Carolina after 1719 had to deliver “memorials” to the auditor general, stating the county, parish, location, quantity, names of adjacent land owners, boundaries, and how the present title was received. Originals of these records are found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, and copies are available at the Family History Library for the years 1704 to 1775 FHL Collection, FHL films 023297-305; the index is on film 023297. A few of these records are published in Katie-Prince Ward Esker, South Carolina Memorials, 1731-1776: Abstracts of Selected Land Records from a Collection in the Department of Archives and History . . ., Two Volumes. (New Orleans, Louisiana: Polyanthos, 1973-1977; FHL Book 975.7 R28e.

Original plats and surveys are available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Copies of these records are at the Family History Library for 1861 FHL Collection, FHL films 022598-625, films 022598-600 contain indexes. These records show the location of the land and give the names of adjacent landowners.

State Land Records

After South Carolina became a state, unclaimed land was granted by the state. Microfilms of land grants recorded by the Surveyor General, 1784 to 1882, are at the Family History Library. FHL Collection, films 022531-580; the index is on film 022531. The original records are at the Secretary of State's Office at Columbia. These are partially indexed in

  • Jackson, Ronald Vern. Index to South Carolina Land Grants, 1784-1800. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1977; FHL Collection, FHL book 975.7 R22j.


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.

County Land Records

Deeds were recorded in the counties by the clerk of the court after 1785. Most of the pre-1800 files are very incomplete. Between 1785 and 1868, land transfers were kept according to a number of old and new districts, later called counties. For further information on the history and organization of districts, see James M. Black, The Counties and Districts of South Carolina, Genealogical Journal, Volume 5, Number 3.

The Family History Library has microfilms of many of the surviving pre-1865 land records of most of the districts. For example, the library has Charleston County bills of sale, powers of attorney, bonds, notes, contracts, pardons, commissions, accounts, and indentures, 1719 to 1873, and Greenville County deeds, 1786 to 1865. Most of the pre-1865 land records are missing for the districts of Abbeville, Beaufort, Chesterfield, Colleton, Georgetown, Lexington, Orangeburg, and Richland.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is currently filming deeds and plats in county courthouses up to 1920. Other archives with land records are the South Carolinian Library and the South Carolina Historical Society.

Research Strategies

Indexes in original deed books often omit items such as slave sales and prenuptual agreements. Where possible, search both original deed book indexes and published abstracts with everyname indexes.[2]

Websites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Name Search at Genealogical.com is a comprehensive name index to 638 books and CDs published or reprinted by Genealogical Publishing Company (now Genealogical.com). For a complete list of the works included, see Publications in Name Search at Genealogical.com
  2. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.