South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Genealogy Research Request Form


8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Telephone:[2]  803-896-6171
Fax:[2]  803-896-6167


Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and State Holidays

Public transportation, maps, and directions:

Internet sites and databases:

  • On-line Records Index
    • Records of Confederate Veterans 1909-1973
    • Criminal Court Records
    • Index to Multiple Record Series ca. 1675-1929
    • Legislative Papers 1782-1866
    • National Register of Historic Places
    • Plats for State Land Grants 1784-1868
    • School Insurance Photographs 1935-1952
    • Will Transcripts 1782-1855
  • Digital Collections
    • Confederate Pension Applications, 1919-1938
    • Insurance file photographs of public schools, 1935-1952
    • Grand Jury Presentments to the General Assembly, 1783-1877
    • Colonial Plats
    • National Register of Historic Places
    • Will Transcripts, 1782-1855
    • Militia Enrollments of 1869

Collection Description



  • (?) Reader I.D. Card.


The South Carolina Archives & History Center official guides:

Additional guides:

  • Holcomb, Brent H. et al. South Carolina Miscellaneous Records & Genealogical Records of the South Carolina Archives. Hartsville, S.C.: Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS, [1995?]. Audio cassettes. FHL US/CAN Audio no. 18 pt. 1, pt. 2, supp.
  • Lesser, Charles H. Sources for the American Revolution at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2000. FHL Book 975.7 J53L

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a record at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, a similar record may be available at one of the following.

Similar Collections

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  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington DC, Revolutionary War and colonial period, including family and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, Bible records, 15,000 genealogical membership applications.

Neighboring Collections

  • South Caroliniana Library


  1. "Genealogy Research Request Form Instructions" in Research at the Archives at (accessed 12 May 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "State Historic Preservation Office" in South Carolina Department of Archives and History [Internet site] at (accessed 21 January 2011).