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Guide to South Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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==South Carolina Information==
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South Carolina is a state in the southeastern portion of the United States. It is divided into 46 counties.
  
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Links to articles on getting started with South Carolina research.
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
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*[[How to Find South Carolina Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
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*[[South Carolina Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/southcarolina/ Boundary Changes for South Carolina Counties]  
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{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the South Carolina page,<br>the Palmetto State{{/p}} [[Image:{{SCoaks}}]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*Earliest colonists were from [[Barbados]]
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== South Carolina Clickable Map==
*Marriage registration began in 1911
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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States.  Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.
*Before 1785, most South Carolina records were kept in [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]]
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*Old districts affect research
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*From 1800 to 1868 Counties were called Districts
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*Admiralty Courts played a notable role
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==Counties==
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*[[Abbeville County, South Carolina Genealogy|Abbeville]]
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*[[Aiken County, South Carolina Genealogy|Aiken]]
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*[[Allendale County, South Carolina Genealogy|Allendale]]
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*[[Anderson County, South Carolina Genealogy|Anderson]]
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*[[Bamberg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Bamberg]]
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*[[Barnwell County, South Carolina Genealogy|Barnwell]]
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*[[Beaufort County, South Carolina Genealogy|Beaufort]]
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*[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy|Berkeley]]
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*[[Calhoun County, South Carolina Genealogy|Calhoun]]
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*[[Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy|Charleston]]
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*[[Cherokee County, South Carolina Genealogy|Cherokee]]
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*[[Chester County, South Carolina Genealogy|Chester]]
  
=== South Carolina Counties  ===
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*[[Chesterfield County, South Carolina Genealogy|Chesterfield]]  
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*[[Clarendon County, South Carolina Genealogy|Clarendon]]  
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*[[Colleton County, South Carolina Genealogy|Colleton]]  
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*[[Darlington County, South Carolina Genealogy|Darlington]]  
*[[Abbeville County, South Carolina|Abbeville]]
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*[[Dillon County, South Carolina Genealogy|Dillon]]  
*[[Aiken County, South Carolina|Aiken]]
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*[[Dorchester County, South Carolina Genealogy|Dorchester]]  
*[[Allendale County, South Carolina|Allendale]]
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*[[Edgefield County, South Carolina Genealogy|Edgefield]]  
*[[Anderson County, South Carolina|Anderson]]
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*[[Fairfield County, South Carolina Genealogy|Fairfield]]  
*[[Bamberg County, South Carolina|Bamberg]]
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*[[Florence County, South Carolina Genealogy|Florence]]  
*[[Barnwell County, South Carolina|Barnwell]]
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*[[Georgetown County South Carolina genealogy|Georgetown]]  
*[[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]]
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*[[Greenville County, South Carolina Genealogy|Greenville]]
*[[Berkeley County, South Carolina|Berkeley]]
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*[[Greenwood County, South Carolina Genealogy|Greenwood]]  
*[[Calhoun County, South Carolina|Calhoun]]
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*[[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]]
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*[[Hampton County, South Carolina Genealogy|Hampton]]  
*[[Cherokee County, South Carolina|Cherokee]]
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*[[Horry County, South Carolina Genealogy|Horry]]  
*[[Chester County, South Carolina|Chester]]
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*[[Jasper County, South Carolina Genealogy|Jasper]]  
 
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*[[Kershaw County, South Carolina Genealogy|Kershaw]]  
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*[[Lancaster County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lancaster]]  
*[[Chesterfield County, South Carolina|Chesterfield]]  
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*[[Laurens County, South Carolina Genealogy|Laurens]]  
*[[Clarendon County, South Carolina|Clarendon]]  
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*[[Lee County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lee]]  
*[[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton]]  
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*[[Lexington County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lexington]]  
*[[Darlington County, South Carolina|Darlington]]  
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*[[Marion County, South Carolina Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Dillon County, South Carolina|Dillon]]  
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*[[Marlboro County, South Carolina Genealogy|Marlboro]]
*[[Dorchester County, South Carolina|Dorchester]]  
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*[[McCormick County, South Carolina Genealogy|McCormick]]  
*[[Edgefield County, South Carolina|Edgefield]]  
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*[[Fairfield County, South Carolina|Fairfield]]  
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*[[Newberry County, South Carolina Genealogy|Newberry]]  
*[[Florence County, South Carolina|Florence]]  
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*[[Oconee County, South Carolina Genealogy|Oconee]]  
*[[Georgetown County, South Carolina|Georgetown]]  
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*[[Orangeburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Orangeburg]]  
*[[Greenville County, South Carolina|Greenville]]
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*[[Pickens County, South Carolina Genealogy|Pickens]]  
 
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*[[Richland County, South Carolina Genealogy|Richland]]  
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*[[Saluda County, South Carolina Genealogy|Saluda]]  
*[[Greenwood County, South Carolina|Greenwood]]  
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*[[Spartanburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Spartanburg]]  
*[[Hampton County, South Carolina|Hampton]]  
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*[[Sumter County, South Carolina Genealogy|Sumter]]  
*[[Horry County, South Carolina|Horry]]  
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*[[Union County, South Carolina Genealogy|Union]]  
*[[Jasper County, South Carolina|Jasper]]  
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*[[Williamsburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Williamsburg]]  
*[[Kershaw County, South Carolina|Kershaw]]  
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*[[York County, South Carolina Genealogy|York]]
*[[Lancaster County, South Carolina|Lancaster]]  
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*[[Laurens County, South Carolina|Laurens]]  
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*[[Lee County, South Carolina|Lee]]  
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*[[Lexington County, South Carolina|Lexington]]  
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*[[Marion County, South Carolina|Marion]]  
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*[[Marlboro County, South Carolina|Marlboro]]
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*[[McCormick County, South Carolina|McCormick]]  
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*[[Newberry County, South Carolina|Newberry]]  
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*[[Oconee County, South Carolina|Oconee]]  
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*[[Orangeburg County, South Carolina|Orangeburg]]  
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*[[Pickens County, South Carolina|Pickens]]  
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*[[Richland County, South Carolina|Richland]]  
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*[[Saluda County, South Carolina|Saluda]]  
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*[[Spartanburg County, South Carolina|Spartanburg]]  
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*[[Sumter County, South Carolina|Sumter]]  
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*[[Union County, South Carolina|Union]]  
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*[[Williamsburg County, South Carolina|Williamsburg]]  
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*[[York County, South Carolina|York]]
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:''' [[Bartholomew County, South Carolina Genealogy|Bartholomew]]{{·}} [[Berkeley (1682-1768) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Berkeley (1682-1768)]]{{·}} [[Berkeley (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Berkeley (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Carteret County, South Carolina Genealogy|Carteret]]{{·}} [[Charleston (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Charleston (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Claremont County, South Carolina Genealogy|Claremont]]{{·}} [[Clarendon (1785-1800) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Clarendon (1785-1800)]]{{·}} [[Colleton (1682-1768) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Colleton (1682-1768)]]{{·}} [[Colleton (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Colleton (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Craven County, South Carolina Genealogy|Craven]]{{·}} [[Granville (1708-1768) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Granville (1708-1768)]]{{·}} [[Granville (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Granville (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Hilton County, South Carolina Genealogy|Hilton]]{{·}} [[Kingston County, South Carolina Genealogy|Kingston]]{{·}} [[Lewisburg County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lewisburg]]{{·}} [[Lexington (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lexington (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Liberty County, South Carolina Genealogy|Liberty]]{{·}} [[Lincoln County, South Carolina Genealogy|Lincoln]]{{·}} [[Marion (1785-1791) County, South Carolina Genealogy|Marion (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Orange County, South Carolina Genealogy|Orange]]{{·}} [[Pendleton County, South Carolina Genealogy|Pendleton]]{{·}} [[Salem County, South Carolina Genealogy|Salem]]{{·}} [[Shrewsbury County, South Carolina Genealogy|Shrewsbury]]{{·}} [[Waccamaw County, South Carolina Genealogy|Waccamaw]]{{·}} [[Washington County, South Carolina Genealogy|Washington]]{{·}} [[Winton County, South Carolina Genealogy|Winton]]{{·}} [[Winyah County, South Carolina Genealogy|Winyah]]<br><br> '''Overarching Districts:'''[[Beaufort District, South Carolina|Beaufort District]]{{·}} [[Camden District, South Carolina|Camden District]]{{·}} [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]]{{·}} [[Cheraw District, South Carolina|Cheraw District]]{{·}} [[Georgetown District, South Carolina|Georgetown District]]{{·}} [[Ninety-Six District, South Carolina|Ninety-Six District]]{{·}} [[Orangeburgh District, South Carolina|Orangeburgh District]]{{·}} [[Pendleton District, South Carolina|Pendleton District]]{{·}} [[Pinckney District, South Carolina|Pinckney District]]{{·}} [[Washington District, South Carolina|Washington District]] <br> '''Districts that became Counties 1800–1868:''' [[Abbeville District, South Carolina|Abbeville District]]{{·}} [[Anderson District, South Carolina|Anderson District]]{{·}} [[Barnwell District, South Carolina|Barnwell District]]{{·}} [[Beaufort (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Beaufort (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Charleston (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Charleston (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Chester District, South Carolina|Chester District]]{{·}} [[Chesterfield District, South Carolina|Chesterfield District]]{{·}} [[Clarendon District, South Carolina|Clarendon District]]{{·}} [[Colleton District, South Carolina|Colleton District]]{{·}} [[Darlington District, South Carolina|Darlington District]]{{·}} [[Edgefield District, South Carolina|Edgefield District]]{{·}} [[Fairfield District, South Carolina|Fairfield District]]{{·}} [[Georgetown (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Georgetown (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Greenville District, South Carolina|Greenville District]]{{·}} [[Horry District, South Carolina|Horry District]]{{·}} [[Lancaster District, South Carolina|Lancaster District]]{{·}} [[Laurens District, South Carolina|Laurens District]]{{·}} [[Lexington District, South Carolina|Lexington District]]{{·}} [[Marion District, South Carolina|Marion District]]{{·}} [[Marlboro District, South Carolina|Marlboro District]]{{·}} [[Orangeburg (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Orangeburg (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Newberry District, South Carolina|Newberry District]]{{·}} [[Pendleton (1800-1826) District, South Carolina|Pendleton (1800-1826) District]]{{·}} [[Pickens District, South Carolina|Pickens District]]{{·}} [[Richland District, South Carolina|Richland District]]{{·}} [[Spartanburg District, South Carolina|Spartanburg District]]{{·}} [[Sumter District, South Carolina|Sumter District]]{{·}} [[Williamsburg District, South Carolina|Williamsburg District]]{{·}} [[York District, South Carolina|York District]]
  
'''Click''' on the map below to go to a county page. '''Hover''' over a county to see its name. To see a '''larger''' version of the map, [[South Carolina Counties Map|click here]]. {{SCimagemap2}}
 
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==== Counties or Districts  ====
 
==== Counties or Districts  ====
  
To find South Carolina records, it helps to understanding the history of their counties and districts. <ref>"The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in ''South Carolina - The Counties'' at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/sc_counties_alphabetical_order.html (accessed 28 April 2011).</ref> <br>'''Early.''' Until the 1760s the predominant court was in Charleston. Parish and township records were kept, but records at counties not so much. Early '''''counties''''' were used more to describe locations than as record keeping jurisdictions.<br>'''1769.''' Seven circuit court '''''districts''''' were established. Record keeping in district seats became more important. Parishes continued. All '''''counties''''' were abolished. '''1785.''' The seven overarching '''''districts''''' were sub-divided into three to six '''''counties''''' each. Provisional counties in several older southern districts never built courthouses, never functioned, and were counties in name only. <br>The other newer northern districts were often settled by people accustomed to county government who eventually erected courthouses, and fully functioning counties. Some of the county names (or similar names) from this period were used for later counties with different county boundaries.<br>'''1791.''' The 14 provisional counties within Charleston, Beaufort, and Orangeburg districts and several others were dissolved for failure to thrive. Two new '''''districts''''' with six '''''counties''''' inside those new districts were reorganized from parts of previous districts and counties in the far north. <br>'''1800.''' All overarching '''''districts''''' were abolished. Three of the previous counties were abolished. Seven new '''''counties''''' were created and added to the other remaining counties. However, all South Carolina '''''counties''''' were also <u>called districts</u> until 1868. <br>'''1868.''' Any remaining so-called '''''districts''''' were officially changed to '''''counties'''''. <br><br>'''Extinct Counties: ''' [[Bartholomew County, South Carolina|Bartholomew]]{{·}} [[Berkeley (1682-1768) County, South Carolina|Berkeley (1682-1768)]]{{·}} [[Berkeley (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Berkeley (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Carteret County, South Carolina|Carteret]]{{·}} [[Charleston (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Charleston (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Claremont County, South Carolina|Claremont]]{{·}} [[Clarendon (1785-1800) County, South Carolina|Clarendon (1785-1800)]]{{·}} [[Colleton (1682-1768) County, South Carolina|Colleton (1682-1768)]]{{·}} [[Colleton (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Colleton (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Craven County, South Carolina|Craven]]{{·}} [[Granville (1708-1768) County, South Carolina|Granville (1708-1768)]]{{·}} [[Granville (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Granville (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Hilton County, South Carolina|Hilton]]{{·}} [[Kingston County, South Carolina|Kingston]]{{·}} [[Lewisburg County, South Carolina|Lewisburg]]{{·}} [[Lexington (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Lexington (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Liberty County, South Carolina|Liberty]]{{·}} [[Lincoln County, South Carolina|Lincoln]]{{·}} [[Marion (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Marion (1785-1791)]]{{·}} [[Orange County, South Carolina|Orange]]{{·}} [[Pendleton County, South Carolina|Pendleton]]{{·}} [[Salem County, South Carolina|Salem]]{{·}} [[Shrewsbury County, South Carolina|Shrewsbury]]{{·}} [[Waccamaw County, South Carolina|Waccamaw]]{{·}} [[Washington County, South Carolina|Washington]]{{·}} [[Winton County, South Carolina|Winton]]{{·}} [[Winyah County, South Carolina|Winyah]]<br><br> '''Overarching Districts:'''[[Beaufort District, South Carolina|Beaufort District]]{{·}} [[Camden District, South Carolina|Camden District]]{{·}} [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]]{{·}} [[Cheraw District, South Carolina|Cheraw District]]{{·}} [[Georgetown District, South Carolina|Georgetown District]]{{·}} [[Ninety-Six District, South Carolina|Ninety-Six District]]{{·}} [[Orangeburgh District, South Carolina|Orangeburgh District]]{{·}} [[Pendleton District, South Carolina|Pendleton District]]{{·}} [[Pinckney District, South Carolina|Pinckney District]]{{·}} [[Washington District, South Carolina|Washington District]] <br> '''Districts that became Counties 1800–1868:''' [[Abbeville District, South Carolina|Abbeville District]]{{·}} [[Anderson District, South Carolina|Anderson District]]{{·}} [[Barnwell District, South Carolina|Barnwell District]]{{·}} [[Beaufort (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Beaufort (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Charleston (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Charleston (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Chester District, South Carolina|Chester District]]{{·}} [[Chesterfield District, South Carolina|Chesterfield District]]{{·}} [[Clarendon District, South Carolina|Clarendon District]]{{·}} [[Colleton District, South Carolina|Colleton District]]{{·}} [[Darlington District, South Carolina|Darlington District]]{{·}} [[Edgefield District, South Carolina|Edgefield District]]{{·}} [[Fairfield District, South Carolina|Fairfield District]]{{·}} [[Georgetown (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Georgetown (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Greenville District, South Carolina|Greenville District]]{{·}} [[Horry District, South Carolina|Horry District]]{{·}} [[Lancaster District, South Carolina|Lancaster District]]{{·}} [[Laurens District, South Carolina|Laurens District]]{{·}} [[Lexington District, South Carolina|Lexington District]]{{·}} [[Marion District, South Carolina|Marion District]]{{·}} [[Marlboro District, South Carolina|Marlboro District]]{{·}} [[Orangeburg (1800-1868) District, South Carolina|Orangeburg (1800-1868) District]]{{·}} [[Newberry District, South Carolina|Newberry District]]{{·}} [[Pendleton (1800-1826) District, South Carolina|Pendleton (1800-1826) District]]{{·}} [[Pickens District, South Carolina|Pickens District]]{{·}} [[Richland District, South Carolina|Richland District]]{{·}} [[Spartanburg District, South Carolina|Spartanburg District]]{{·}} [[Sumter District, South Carolina|Sumter District]]{{·}} [[Williamsburg District, South Carolina|Williamsburg District]]{{·}} [[York District, South Carolina|York District]]
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To find South Carolina records, it helps to understanding the history of their counties and districts: <br>
 
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*'''Early''' - Until the 1760s the predominant court was in Charleston. Parish and township records were kept, but records at counties not so much. Early '''''counties''''' were used more to describe locations than as record keeping jurisdictions.<br>
For more regarding South Carolina county formation and boundary changes, see the following:
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*'''1769''' - Seven circuit court '''''districts''''' were established. Record keeping in district seats became more important. Parishes continued. All '''''counties''''' were abolished.  
 
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*'''1785''' - The seven overarching '''''districts''''' were sub-divided into three to six '''''counties''''' each. Provisional counties in several older southern districts never built courthouses, never functioned, and were counties in name only. The other newer northern districts were often settled by people accustomed to county government who eventually erected courthouses, and fully functioning counties. Some of the county names (or similar names) from this period were used for later counties with different county boundaries.<br>
*[http://www.sciway.net/cnty/history/timeline.html South Carolina Formation of Counties Timeline] (Sciway)
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*'''1791''' - The 14 provisional counties within Charleston, Beaufort, and Orangeburg districts and several others were dissolved for failure to thrive. Two new '''''districts''''' with six '''''counties''''' inside those new districts were reorganized from parts of previous districts and counties in the far north. <br>
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*'''1800''' - All overarching '''''districts''''' were abolished. Three of the previous counties were abolished. Seven new '''''counties''''' were created and added to the other remaining counties. However, all South Carolina '''''counties''''' were also <u>called districts</u> until 1868. <br>
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*'''1868''' - Any remaining so-called '''''districts''''' were officially changed to '''''counties'''''.
  
 
=== Colonial Parishes  ===
 
=== Colonial Parishes  ===
  
[[All Saints Parish, South Carolina|All Saints]]{{·}} [[Christ Church Parish, South Carolina|Christ Church]]{{·}} [[Prince Frederick Parish, South Carolina|Prince Frederick]]{{·}} [[Prince George Parish, South Carolina|Prince George]]{{·}} [[Prince William Parish, South Carolina|Prince William]]{{·}} [[St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina|St. Andrew's]]{{·}} [[St. Bartholomews Parish, South Carolina|St. Bartholomew's]]{{·}} [[St. Davids Parish, South Carolina|St. David's]]{{·}} [[St. George Dorchester Parish, South Carolina|St. George Dorchester]]{{·}} [[St. Helenas Parish, South Carolina|St. Helena's]]{{·}} [[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek]]{{·}} [[St. James Santee Parish, South Carolina|St. James Santee]]{{·}} [[St. Johns Berkeley Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Berkeley]]{{·}} [[St. Johns Colleton Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Colleton]]{{·}} [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's]]{{·}} [[St. Marks Parish, South Carolina|St. Mark's]]{{·}} [[St. Matthews Parish, South Carolina|St. Matthew's]]{{·}} [[St. Michaels Parish, South Carolina|St. Michael's]]{{·}} [[St. Pauls Parish, South Carolina|St. Paul's]]{{·}} [[St. Peters Parish, South Carolina|St. Peter's]]{{·}} [[St. Philips Parish, South Carolina|St. Philip's]]{{·}} [[St. Stephens Parish, South Carolina|St. Stephen's]]{{·}} [[St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina|St. Thomas and St. Denis]]  
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[[All Saints Parish, South Carolina|All Saints]]{{·}} [[Christ Church Parish, South Carolina|Christ Church]]{{·}} [[Prince Frederick Parish, South Carolina|Prince Frederick]]{{·}} [[Prince George Parish, South Carolina|Prince George]]{{·}} [[Prince William Parish, South Carolina|Prince William]]{{·}} [[St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina|St. Andrew's]]{{·}} [[St. Bartholomews Parish, South Carolina|St. Bartholomew's]]{{·}} [[St. Davids Parish, South Carolina|St. David's]]{{·}} [[St. George Dorchester Parish, South Carolina|St. George Dorchester]]{{·}} [[St. Helenas Parish, South Carolina|St. Helena's]]{{·}} [[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek]]{{·}} [[St. James Santee Parish, South Carolina|St. James Santee]]{{·}} [[St. Johns Berkeley Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Berkeley]]{{·}} [[St. Johns Colleton Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Colleton]]{{·}} [[St. Lukes Parish, South Carolina|St. Luke's]]{{·}} [[St. Marks Parish, South Carolina|St. Mark's]]{{·}} [[St. Matthews Parish, South Carolina|St. Matthew's]]{{·}} [[St. Michaels Parish, South Carolina|St. Michael's]]{{·}} [[St. Pauls Parish, South Carolina|St. Paul's]]{{·}} [[St. Peters Parish, South Carolina|St. Peter's]]{{·}} [[St. Philips Parish, South Carolina|St. Philip's]]{{·}} [[St. Stephens Parish, South Carolina|St. Stephen's]]{{·}} [[St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina|St. Thomas and St. Denis]]
  
 
=== Colonial Townships  ===
 
=== Colonial Townships  ===
  
[[Amelia Township, South Carolina|Amelia]]{{·}}[[Congaree Township, South Carolina|Congaree]]{{·}}[[Edisto Township, South Carolina|Edisto]]{{·}}[[Fredericksburg Township, South Carolina|Fredericksburg]]{{·}}[[Hillsborough Township, South Carolina|Hillsborough]]{{·}}[[Kingston Township, South Carolina|Kingston]]{{·}}[[Kings Town Township, South Carolina|Kings Town]]{{·}}[[Londonborough Township, South Carolina|Londonborough]]{{·}}[[New Windsor Township, South Carolina|New Windsor]]{{·}}[[Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina|Orangeburgh]]{{·}}[[Purrysburg Township, South Carolina|Purrysburg]]{{·}}[[Queensboro Township, South Carolina|Queensboro]]{{·}}[[Queensborough Township, South Carolina|Queensborough]]{{·}} [[Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina|Saxe-Gotha]]{{·}}[[The Welsh Tract, South Carolina|The Welsh Tract]]{{·}}[[Williamsburg Township, South Carolina|Williamsburg]]  
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[[Amelia Township, South Carolina|Amelia]]{{·}}[[Congaree Township, South Carolina|Congaree]]{{·}}[[Edisto Township, South Carolina|Edisto]]{{·}}[[Fredericksburg Township, South Carolina|Fredericksburg]]{{·}}[[Hillsborough Township, South Carolina|Hillsborough]]{{·}}[[Kingston Township, South Carolina|Kingston]]{{·}}[[Kings Town Township, South Carolina|Kings Town]]{{·}}[[Londonborough Township, South Carolina|Londonborough]]{{·}}[[New Windsor Township, South Carolina|New Windsor]]{{·}}[[Orangeburgh Township, South Carolina|Orangeburgh]]{{·}}[[Purrysburg Township, South Carolina|Purrysburg]]{{·}}[[Queensboro Township, South Carolina|Queensboro]]{{·}}[[Queensborough Township, South Carolina|Queensborough]]{{·}} [[Saxe-Gotha Township, South Carolina|Saxe-Gotha]]{{·}}[[The Welsh Tract, South Carolina|The Welsh Tract]]{{·}}[[Williamsburg Township, South Carolina|Williamsburg]]
  
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[[South Carolina Department of Archives and History|South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History]]{{·}} [[South Carolina Historical Society]]{{·}} [[South Caroliniana Library]]{{·}} [[Charleston Library Society]]{{·}} [[South Carolina Genealogical Society]]{{·}} [[Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina Archives]]{{·}} [[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]]{{·}} [[Dallas Public Central Library]]
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Savannah River{{·}} [[Augusta and Cherokee Trail]]{{·}} [[Augusta-Savannah Trail]]{{·}} [[Augusta-St. Augustine Trail]]{{·}} [[Camden-Charleston Path]]{{·}} [[Catawba and Northern Trail]]{{·}} [[Catawba Trail]]{{·}} [[Charleston-Ft. Charlotte Trail]]{{·}} [[Charleston-Savannah Trail]]{{·}} [[Cisca and St. Augustine Trail]] (or Nickajack Trail){{·}} [[Coosa-Tugaloo Indian Warpath]]{{·}} [[Fall Line Road]] (or Southern Road){{·}} [[Fort Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path]]{{·}} [[Fort Moore-Charleston Trail]]{{·}} [[Great Valley Road]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]]{{·}} [[Lower Cherokee Traders' Path]]{{·}} [[Lower Creek Trading Path]]{{·}} [[Middle Creek Trading Path]]{{·}} [[Occaneechi Path]]{{·}} [[Old Cherokee Path]]{{·}} [[Old South Carolina State Road]]{{·}} [[Savannah-Jacksonville Trail]]{{·}} [[Secondary Coast Road]]{{·}} [[Tugaloo-Apalachee Bay Trail]]{{·}} [[Unicoi Trail]]{{·}} [[Upper Road]]{{·}} '''''Ports:&nbsp;''''' [[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]]{{·}} [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]]{{·}} [[Georgetown County, South Carolina|Georgetown]]{{·}} [[Atlantic Coast Ports]]
 
Savannah River{{·}} [[Augusta and Cherokee Trail]]{{·}} [[Augusta-Savannah Trail]]{{·}} [[Augusta-St. Augustine Trail]]{{·}} [[Camden-Charleston Path]]{{·}} [[Catawba and Northern Trail]]{{·}} [[Catawba Trail]]{{·}} [[Charleston-Ft. Charlotte Trail]]{{·}} [[Charleston-Savannah Trail]]{{·}} [[Cisca and St. Augustine Trail]] (or Nickajack Trail){{·}} [[Coosa-Tugaloo Indian Warpath]]{{·}} [[Fall Line Road]] (or Southern Road){{·}} [[Fort Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path]]{{·}} [[Fort Moore-Charleston Trail]]{{·}} [[Great Valley Road]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]]{{·}} [[Lower Cherokee Traders' Path]]{{·}} [[Lower Creek Trading Path]]{{·}} [[Middle Creek Trading Path]]{{·}} [[Occaneechi Path]]{{·}} [[Old Cherokee Path]]{{·}} [[Old South Carolina State Road]]{{·}} [[Savannah-Jacksonville Trail]]{{·}} [[Secondary Coast Road]]{{·}} [[Tugaloo-Apalachee Bay Trail]]{{·}} [[Unicoi Trail]]{{·}} [[Upper Road]]{{·}} '''''Ports:&nbsp;''''' [[Beaufort County, South Carolina|Beaufort]]{{·}} [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]]{{·}} [[Georgetown County, South Carolina|Georgetown]]{{·}} [[Atlantic Coast Ports]]
  
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==FamilySearch Resources==
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/33?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=SouthCarolina Family History Center locator map]
  
[[Image:South-carolina.png|right|200px|South-carolina.png]] About 80 percent of the settlers of colonial South Carolina were of English origin. Many of them came by way of Barbados and other colonies rather than directly from [[England|England]]. A group of Dutch settlers from [[New York|New York]] came to South Carolina in 1671. Another smaller group was of French origin, mostly descendants of Huguenots, who came to the area beginning in 1680. More numerous were the Scottish dissenters, who were brought in beginning in 1682, and the Germans, who arrived during the eighteenth century. Blacks constituted a majority of the population from early colonial times until 1930. Indian wars drove most of the native Americans from the state, but there are still a few Catawba Indians in York County.  
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/sc/ Cyndi's List] - South Carolina genealogy sites on the internet
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/scar/ South Carolina Genealogy Trails] - collection of transcribed data for the state of South Carolina
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/south-carolina-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for South Carolina
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/south-carolina-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for South Carolina genealogy research
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*[http://www.raogk.org/southcarolina-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for South Carolina
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/SouthCarolina.pdf South Carolina Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links
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*[http://www.everynameindex.com/index.html Every Name Index]
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/south-carolina/ South Carolina County Maps and Atlases] - South Carolina County Formation, Atlases and D.O.T. Road and Highway maps
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*Charleston County Public Library's [http://scroom.wordpress.com/finding-aids/ South Carolina Room] describes history and genealogy finding aids at the library.
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*The South Carolina Archives has an online [http://archives.sc.gov/information/ Information about Records at the SC Archives page], a database [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx search engine] for Plats of State Land Grants 1784-1868; Will Transcripts 1782-1855; Confederate Pension Applications 1919-1926, and the [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/locguide.htm Summary Guide to Local Records] listing their county and municipality records
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*The South Carolina Health Department has provided an [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/vrdi.htm online index of South Carolina deaths] from the years 1915-1957. The index is divided into four sections: 1915-1924, 1925-1934, 1935-1944 and 1945-1949 and 1950-1958.
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*[http://sciway3.net/scgenweb/ South Carolina GenWeb] county-by-county formation histories, cemetery listings, census transcript/indexes, county histories, and repositories.
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*[http://www.genealogytrails.com/scar/ South Carolina Genealogy Trails] newspapers, queries, census, military, biography, cemetery abstracts mostly submitted one at a time.
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*[http://southcarolinapioneers.blogspot.com/ South Carolina Pioneers]&nbsp; blog of name lists in wills, genealogies, estates, Bible records, and gedcom files; enticing you to buy transcript books.
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*Listen to our complete collection of audio files of South Carolina [http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:South_Carolina_Dialect county name pronunciations] flavored with local accents.
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*Record Search has provided a name index and images of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1417492 South Carolina Deaths 1915-1943]. More information at [[South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1945 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*Record Search has provided a name index of [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1589507 South Carolina Deaths 1944-1955]. More information at [[South Carolina Deaths, 1944-1955 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Media:Wiki_Poster.South_Carolina.pdf|Project poster]] extends an invitation to find answers and share knowledge through the South Carolina wiki page.&nbsp; Print as a flyer, post to message board, link to newsletter, website, facebook page, attach to e-mail communication.&nbsp; This is a major initiative of the Family History Library U.S. Reference Unit in anticipation of the 2011 NGS&nbsp;Conference in Charleston.
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Guide to South Carolina ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

South Carolina Information

South Carolina is a state in the southeastern portion of the United States. It is divided into 46 counties.

Getting Started

Getting Started with South Carolina Research

Links to articles on getting started with South Carolina research.

South Carolina Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in South Carolina research.

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South Carolina Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Horry CountyDillon CountyMarion CountyGeorgetown CountyWilliamsburg CountyFlorence CountyDarlington CountyBerkeley CountyClarendon CountyDorchester CountyColleton CountyBeaufort CountyCharleston CountyHampton CountyBamberg CountyAllendale CountyJasper CountyBarnwell CountyAiken CountyEdgefield CountySaluda CountyGreenwood CountyMcCormick CountyAbbeville CountyOconee CountyPickens CountyAnderson CountyLaurens CountyMarlboro CountyChesterfield CountyKershaw CountyLancaster CountyYork CountyCherokee CountyUnion CountySpartanburg CountyGreenville CountyNewberry CountyLexington CountyRichland CountyCalhoun CountyOrangeburg CountyLee CountySumter CountyFairfield CountyChester CountySouth-carolina-county-map.gif

Counties



Extinct or Renamed Counties: Bartholomew · Berkeley (1682-1768) · Berkeley (1785-1791) · Carteret · Charleston (1785-1791) · Claremont · Clarendon (1785-1800) · Colleton (1682-1768) · Colleton (1785-1791) · Craven · Granville (1708-1768) · Granville (1785-1791) · Hilton · Kingston · Lewisburg · Lexington (1785-1791) · Liberty · Lincoln · Marion (1785-1791) · Orange · Pendleton · Salem · Shrewsbury · Waccamaw · Washington · Winton · Winyah

Overarching Districts:Beaufort District · Camden District · Charleston District · Cheraw District · Georgetown District · Ninety-Six District · Orangeburgh District · Pendleton District · Pinckney District · Washington District
Districts that became Counties 1800–1868: Abbeville District · Anderson District · Barnwell District · Beaufort (1800-1868) District · Charleston (1800-1868) District · Chester District · Chesterfield District · Clarendon District · Colleton District · Darlington District · Edgefield District · Fairfield District · Georgetown (1800-1868) District · Greenville District · Horry District · Lancaster District · Laurens District · Lexington District · Marion District · Marlboro District · Orangeburg (1800-1868) District · Newberry District · Pendleton (1800-1826) District · Pickens District · Richland District · Spartanburg District · Sumter District · Williamsburg District · York District

Counties or Districts

To find South Carolina records, it helps to understanding the history of their counties and districts:

  • Early - Until the 1760s the predominant court was in Charleston. Parish and township records were kept, but records at counties not so much. Early counties were used more to describe locations than as record keeping jurisdictions.
  • 1769 - Seven circuit court districts were established. Record keeping in district seats became more important. Parishes continued. All counties were abolished.
  • 1785 - The seven overarching districts were sub-divided into three to six counties each. Provisional counties in several older southern districts never built courthouses, never functioned, and were counties in name only. The other newer northern districts were often settled by people accustomed to county government who eventually erected courthouses, and fully functioning counties. Some of the county names (or similar names) from this period were used for later counties with different county boundaries.
  • 1791 - The 14 provisional counties within Charleston, Beaufort, and Orangeburg districts and several others were dissolved for failure to thrive. Two new districts with six counties inside those new districts were reorganized from parts of previous districts and counties in the far north.
  • 1800 - All overarching districts were abolished. Three of the previous counties were abolished. Seven new counties were created and added to the other remaining counties. However, all South Carolina counties were also called districts until 1868.
  • 1868 - Any remaining so-called districts were officially changed to counties.

Colonial Parishes

All Saints · Christ Church · Prince Frederick · Prince George · Prince William · St. Andrew's · St. Bartholomew's · St. David's · St. George Dorchester · St. Helena's · St. James Goose Creek · St. James Santee · St. John's Berkeley · St. John's Colleton · St. Luke's · St. Mark's · St. Matthew's · St. Michael's · St. Paul's · St. Peter's · St. Philip's · St. Stephen's · St. Thomas and St. Denis

Colonial Townships

Amelia · Congaree · Edisto · Fredericksburg · Hillsborough · Kingston · Kings Town · Londonborough · New Windsor · Orangeburgh · Purrysburg · Queensboro · Queensborough · Saxe-Gotha · The Welsh Tract · Williamsburg

South Carolina Migration Routes

Savannah River · Augusta and Cherokee Trail · Augusta-Savannah Trail · Augusta-St. Augustine Trail · Camden-Charleston Path · Catawba and Northern Trail · Catawba Trail · Charleston-Ft. Charlotte Trail · Charleston-Savannah Trail · Cisca and St. Augustine Trail (or Nickajack Trail) · Coosa-Tugaloo Indian Warpath · Fall Line Road (or Southern Road) · Fort Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path · Fort Moore-Charleston Trail · Great Valley Road · King's Highway · Lower Cherokee Traders' Path · Lower Creek Trading Path · Middle Creek Trading Path · Occaneechi Path · Old Cherokee Path · Old South Carolina State Road · Savannah-Jacksonville Trail · Secondary Coast Road · Tugaloo-Apalachee Bay Trail · Unicoi Trail · Upper Road · Ports:  Beaufort · Charleston · Georgetown · Atlantic Coast Ports

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

Additional Resources

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