South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Records from 1915-1943 were acquired from South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The collection consists of a name index and images of South Carolina death records. Original records were created by South Carolina Department of Health. Records are arranged by year and alphabetically by locality.
The trend of keeping state-wide death records throughout the United States expanded in the early 20th century after Congress passed a resolution in 1901 asking each state to gather information about births and deaths on a statewide basis. Because Congress did not fund it, it took several more years before it happened in every state. Death certificates were usually filled out by a mortician or medical professional. They filled in the information concerning the death and then obtained personal information on the deceased from an informant, usually a relative. Then, they sent the information to the county, who sent a copy to the state.
The South Carolina Division of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining and issuing certified copies of vital records, including death certificates for deaths.
Death certificates become public records fifty years after the death. Deaths from 1915 to 1957 are available to the public at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History Monday through Saturday.City of Charleston death records from as early as 1821 are on file at the Charleston County Health Department. Florence City deaths for 1895-1914 are available at the Florence County Health Department. Newberry City deaths from the late 1800’s are available at the Newberry County Health Department. The state generally achieved compliance after 1915.
Death certificates were created to record deaths in South Carolina in compliance with state law and to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
Information found in most South Carolina death certificates includes:
- Name and gender of deceased
- Date, place and time of death
- City and county in which death occurred
- Age of deceased in years, months, days
- Race, marital status and occupation of deceased
- Name of surviving spouse
- Birthplace of deceased
- Father's name and birthplace
- Mother's maiden name and birthplace
- Name of informant, often a family member
- Burial information
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- "South Carolina, Deaths, 1915-1943." Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State Board of Health. Department of Archives and History, State Records Center, Columbia.