South Carolina Cemeteries

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Tomb of Arthur Middleton (1742–1787) at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Middleton was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Middleton's mother (Mary Williams), his son Henry Middleton, his grandson Williams Middleton, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Middleton are buried in the same burial plot.

The South Carolina Genealogical Society's S.C. Cemetery Project is a great starting point for cemetery research in the state. Their website includes lists of cemeteries in each county and names indexes to tombstones for select counties.

The Works Progress Administrations created one of the best collections of South Carolina cemetery inscriptions. These records are held at the South Caroliniana Library and have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. The cemeteries included in this collection are listed in Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography by Richard N. Côté. (N.p. Reprint. Originally published: 1981; Family History Library book 975.7 H23c.)

Other major manuscript collections include:

Online Resources

Several important websites documents gravestones in South Carolina. Some highlight libraries with cemetery books, others include transcriptions of the tombstones themselves, directions for finding cemeteries, and lists of local volunteers willing to snap photos of ancestral graves.


  • The Family History Library Catalog lists published records of South Carolina cemeteries.  Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns.  Some of the books referenced here may be available on Google Books and in public libraries
  • World Cat is a comprehensive library catalog covering hundreds of libraries. You can narrow searches to retrieve cemetery books for specific states and counties.

Online Gravestone Transcripts

  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • includes many South Carolina cemetery transcripts.
  • SCGenWeb Project includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
  • The South Carolina Tombstone Transcription Project.  In USGenWeb Archives Digital Library [database on-line]. N.p.: USGenWeb Archives, 17 February 1999– [cited 15 July 1999]. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries. The highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.

Cemetery Gazetteers

  • ePodunk is a gazetteer of South Carolina cemeteries.

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