Union County, South Carolina

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''Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes'' ''and Records''  
 
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*'''1851-1912''' - ''Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books &amp; Probate records by&nbsp;Tommy J. Vaughan &amp; Michael Becknell<br>'' <ref>Vaughan, Tommy J. &amp;amp;amp; Michael Becknell, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books &amp;amp;amp; Probate Records, [Spartanburg, SC]: Greenville Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, c1995.</ref> {{FHL|759299|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/union-county-south-carolina-marriage-records-from-early-newspapers-1851-1912-marriage-registers-deed-books-probate-records/oclc/33838317 WorldCat] - abstracts<br>  
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*'''1851-1912''' - ''Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books &amp; Probate records by&nbsp;Tommy J. Vaughan &amp; Michael Becknell<br>'' <ref>Vaughan, Tommy J. &amp;amp;amp;amp; Michael Becknell, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books &amp;amp;amp;amp; Probate Records, [Spartanburg, SC]: Greenville Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, c1995.</ref> {{FHL|759299|item}} [http://www.worldcat.org/title/union-county-south-carolina-marriage-records-from-early-newspapers-1851-1912-marriage-registers-deed-books-probate-records/oclc/33838317 WorldCat] - abstracts<br>  
 
*'''1911-1950 [index to 1955]''' - ''Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955 ''<ref>South Carolina, Probate Court, Union County, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001-2002.</ref>&nbsp; {{FHL|1037486|item}} - index and records<br>  
 
*'''1911-1950 [index to 1955]''' - ''Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955 ''<ref>South Carolina, Probate Court, Union County, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001-2002.</ref>&nbsp; {{FHL|1037486|item}} - index and records<br>  
 
*There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in&nbsp; some&nbsp;counties of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
 
*There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in&nbsp; some&nbsp;counties of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.

Revision as of 05:19, 30 April 2011

Coordinates: 34.69°0′N 81.62°0′W / 34.69°N 81.62°W / 34.69; -81.62

Union County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Union County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 1798
County Seat Union
Courthouse

United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Union County

Contents

Quick Dates

Union County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915  1790  1778  1777 

County Courthouse

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Union County Courthouse
210 West Main Street
Union, South Carolina 29379

Clerk of Court
210 W. Main St.
Union, SC 29379
Phone: 864-429-1630
Court and land records

Probate Court
210 W. Main St.
Union, SC 29379
Phone: 864-429-1625
Probate and marriage records

History

The county is named after Union Church.[1]

Parent County

1798--Union County was created in 1798 from Ninety Six District.
County seat:  Union [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Adamsburg Goshel Hill Mean Crossroads Santuc
Bailey Town (hist.) Gregory (hist.) Meansville (hist.) Sedalia
Bishop Town (hist.) Herbert Monarch Shady Grove (hist.)
Black Jack Valley (hist.) Humphriesville (hist.) No Mans Land (hist.) Simmon Tree (hist.)
Bonham Jonesville Pinckneyville South Hills
Buffalo Kelly Pine Tree (hist.) Tuckertown
Carem Kelton Pride (hist.) Union
Carlisle Kennedy Mill Red Point (hist.) West Springs
Cross Keys Lockhart Red Town (hist.) Wild Cat (hist.)
Delta Lockhart Junction Robat
Flat Rock (hist.) Meador Rogansville (hist.)

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee | Chester | Fairfield | Laurens | Newberry | Spartanburg | York

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png South Carolina African Americans

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 7,693
1800 10,237 33.1%
1810 10,995 7.4%
1820 14,126 28.5%
1830 17,906 26.8%
1840 18,936 5.8%
1850 19,852 4.8%
1860 19,635 −1.1%
1870 19,248 −2.0%
1880 24,080 25.1%
1890 25,363 5.3%
1900 25,501 0.5%
1910 29,911 17.3%
1920 30,372 1.5%
1930 30,920 1.8%
1940 31,360 1.4%
1950 31,334 −0.1%
1960 30,015 −4.2%
1970 29,230 −2.6%
1980 30,751 5.2%
1990 30,337 −1.3%
2000 29,881 −1.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Union County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Union County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517 - 1024518.

Published abstract:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. [Includes this county.]
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840; FHL Collection 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Union District on page 143.]
1850
  • Brock, Pettus and Broad River Basin Historical Society. 1850 Federal Census of Union County, South Carolina. Hickory Grove, S.C.: Broad River Basin Historical Society, 1993. FHL Collection

Church

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy

More than 10 genealogies have been published about Union County families. To view a list, visit Union County, South Carolina Genealogy.

Land

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

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

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

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Union County for European settlers included:[4]

Military

General
  • "County statistics in wars," Historical Newsletter, April 2007. Union County Historical Foundation : Union, SC.
  • "Militia list of 1814," Broad River Notebook, March 1993, Volume 2, Issue 1. Broad River Basin Historical Society : Sharon, SC.
  • "Militia petition, 1825," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Spring 1992, Volume 16, Issue 1. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Spartanburg, SC.
  • "Records, militia, 1760," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Spring 1992, Volume 16, Issue 1. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Spartanburg, SC
  • "Militia roll, 1858," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Winter 1992, Volume 16, Issue 3. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Spartanburg, SC
Revolutionary War
  • "Cely Rogers, widow of Nathaniel Rogers pension application, 1839," Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, February 2007, Volume 21, Issue 1. Piedmont Historical Society : Spartansburg, SC.
  • "Nathaniel Rogers Revolutionary War pension application and depositions, 1832-1833," Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, February 2007, Volume 21, Issue 1. Piedmont Historical Society : Spartansburg, SC.
  • "Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Fairforest Prebyterian Church Cemetery (sel.)," Old Newberry District Quarterly, Summer 2004, Volume 13, Issue 2. Old Newberry District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Newberry, SC.
  • "Tarleton Cavalry," Gleanings, October 2001, Volume 8, Issue 4. Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society : Charlotte, NC.
  • "County veterans," Cass County Connections, June 1998, Volume 24, Issue 2. Cass County Genealogical Society : Atlanta, TX.
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Union County, p. 189. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Union County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Union County or from many of its men.

- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves, Company A
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina State Troops, Company H
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company A (also know as Johnson Rifles)
Before Reorganization Roster
After Reorganization Roster
- Company D (also known as Tyger River Volunteers and Goshen Hill Volunteers) - (Santuc)
Roster
- Company E (also known as Pea Ridge Volunteers)
Before Reorganization Roster,
After Reorganization Roster
  • Sims, Caldwell. Voices of the Past : Union Countians of the Civil War and Reconstruction Period Describe What It Was Like  (Greenville, S.C. : A Press, ©1979), 230 pages. Book at WorldCat.
  • South Carolina, Confederate Pension Board. Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1919-1920. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961). Original at the Union County courthouse. Microfilm copy at FHL 255051 Item 1
  • Register of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. (Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961) Originals at the Union County courthouse. Arranged by surname. Microfilm copy at FHL 255051 Item 2

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Union County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Old Newberry District Quarterly
  • Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly
  • Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History

Probate

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[5] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has  microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available.

Taxation

Some nineteenth-century tax records survive. The road tax ledger, 1872-1874, has been microfilmed: FHL Film 1025399 Item 1. Tax duplicate books for the years 1889-1890, 1892, and 1910 have also been microfilmed. Copies at: FHL Films 1025402-1025403 and SCDAH.

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth

State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Union County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Marriage

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Union County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.  See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • 1851-1912 - Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books & Probate records by Tommy J. Vaughan & Michael Becknell
    [6] FHL Collection WorldCat - abstracts
  • 1911-1950 [index to 1955] - Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955 [7]  FHL Collection - index and records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in  some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
Death

State-wide death registration began in 1915.  For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Union County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Union County Carnegie Library
 Address:
300 East South Street 
Union, South Carolina 29379
Telephone: (864) 427-7140

The Union County Library provides the amateur family historian with quality resources, the active support of trained staff who care about research and personal investigation, and access to genealogy databases and web based sources. We help researchers get started, we celebrate their success, and we provide suggestions and recommendations along the way

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage 

Union County Historical Society Foundation
P.O. Drawer 220
Union SC 29379
source: Society Hill

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

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

References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  6. Vaughan, Tommy J. &amp;amp;amp; Michael Becknell, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books &amp;amp;amp; Probate Records, [Spartanburg, SC]: Greenville Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, c1995.
  7. South Carolina, Probate Court, Union County, Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001-2002.
  8. Ancestry.com. South Carolina Death Records, 1821-1955 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: South Carolina. South Carolina death records. Columbia, SC, USA: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.