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South Carolina Bible Records

A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Bible records can be used as a substitute in providing birth, marriage, and date information when South Carolina did not record vital information. In Marion County, for example, clerks used family Bibles to create delayed birth certificates.[4] Some collections and compilations of Bible records are listed below.

Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).

DAR Bible Collections and Indexes

  • [South Carolina] Genealogical Collection by the Daughters of the American Revolution [5] FHL Collection
This collection is indexed in the following:
  • South Carolina Name Index to Genealogical Records [6] FHL Collection - complete index
  • An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States 35,000 microfilm references from the NSDAR files and Elsewhere by E. Kay Kirkham[7]  FHL Collection Digital image on FamilySearch Books Online - partial index
  • South Carolina Bible Records, vols 1-3 by the Daughters of the American Revolution [8] FHL Collection

Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.


References

  1. Memory A. Lester, Bible Records from the Southern States (Chapel Hill, NC: Lester, 1956-1962).
  2. Leonardo Andrea, Bible Records of South Carolina (Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974).
  3. Dorothy Harris Phifer and South Carolina Genealogical Society (Pinckney District Chapert), South Carolina Bible Records (Spartanburg, SC: Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society, [1994]).
  4. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.
  5. Daughters of the American Revolution (South Carolina), [South Carolina] Genealogical Collection (Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971).
  6. Daughters of the American Revolution (South Carolina), South Carolina Name Index to Genealogical Records Collected by South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution (Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988, c1988).
  7. E. Kay Kirkham, An Index to Some of the Family Records of the Southern States: 35,000 Microfilm References from the N.S.D.A.R. Files and Elsewhere (Logan, UT: Everton Publishers, c1979).
  8. Daughters of the American Revolution, Ann Pamela Cuningham Chapter (Columbia, South Carolina), South Carolina Bible records, vols. 1-3, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974.