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

Hours:[2]  Tuesday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and State Holidays

Public transportation, maps, and directions:  How to find us[2]

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

The Archives houses original South Carolina documents, as well as microfilms of federal and British government records. Starting 1671, it has land records, citizenship records, court records, military records, treasury records, General Assembly records, constitutional officers, state agency records, and records of the secretary of the province and state. Also includes over 3,000 cubic feet of manuscript county records.[3] Sources of most interest to genealogists include federal and state census records, county probate records, county land records, family histories, cemeteries, tax records, newspapers, county equity court records, and state death certificates. South Carolina required marriage licenses beginning in 1911 and birth and death certificates beginning in 1915.[4]


First-time visitors must register.


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.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) (i.e. Morrow), federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty-land, photos, passengers arrival indexes, naturalizations, Native Americans, African Americans, workshops.

Similar Collections

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).
  3. "South Carolina Department of Archives and History," ArchivesWiki (accessed 12 May 2011).
  4. "Genealogy Resources at the Archives," Research at the Archives at (accessed 12 May 2011).