South Carolina Compiled Genealogies

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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some of the best manuscript collections are at the South Carolina Historical Society, the South Carolinian Library, and the Charleston Library Society. Some notable genealogical collections for South Carolina are:

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library, Washington, DC, and is available on 31 films at the Family History Library (FHL films beginning with 855210). The volumes are generally arranged by county. These are listed in the Author/Title Search of the Family History Library Catalog under DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SOUTH CAROLINA).

An every-name index of 617,000 names has been produced by the Family History Library (FHL fiche 6052835).

Genealogical Folders in the Leonardo Andrea Collection. Andrea's collection of research files is in the possession of his family but a microfilm copy is at the Family History Library. It was filmed in 1974 in two alphabetical parts: Genealogical Folders . . . (FHL films 954524-97 index on 954524 and 954241-46), and Genealogical Correspondence (FHL films 954255-61 and 947464-77). An inventory of the collection is Index to Genealogical Folders in the Leonardo Andrea Collection (typescript; FHL book 975.7 D22a; film 908685 item 6; fiche 6019560).


Colonial Families of South Carolina. This collection of surname folders by Motte Alston Read was filmed in 1952 at the South Carolina Historical Society (FHL films 022750 item 2 and 022751-89; subject and family index is on FHL film 022750 item 1). The information is from newspapers, deeds, court records, church records, and so forth. The subject references can only be investigated through correspondence with the South Carolina Historical Society.

Some major published genealogical collections for South Carolina include:
South Carolina Genealogies: Articles from the South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine. Five Volumes. Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., 1983. (FHL book 975.7 D2s). Volume 5 contains an every-name index to Volumes one through four.

Wooley, James E., ed. A Collection of Upper South Carolina Genealogical and Family Records. Three Volumes. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979-82. (FHL book 975.7 D2c.) This is an alphabetical collection for families from the Old 96 District.

Lineage Charts South Carolina Genealogical Society Chapters. Four Volumes. Greenville, South Carolina: Greenville Chapter, The South Carolina Genealogical Society, 1976-87?. (FHL book 975.7 D2L.) This contains records submitted by members of the Society.