South Carolina Maps
The South Caroliniana Library has an excellent collection of maps. Part of the collection is a series of over 400 maps for 1884 to 1935, giving the location and construction details of buildings in 83 cities and towns in the state. The University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History also have extensive map collections.
South Carolina is geographically divided into three regions: the Lowcountry, the Upcountry, and the Midlands.
Atlases with maps of South Carolina for the years 1790, 1810, 1823, 1838, 1857, 1862, 1878, 1884, and 1917 are on Family History Library film 002083. City ward maps of Charleston for the years 1844, 1855, 1869, and 1883, for use with census records, are on Family History Library film 1377700 and fiche 6016609-12.
An excellent example is:
- Mills, Robert. Mill's Atlas of the State of South Carolina. [N.p.: Legislature of South Carolina, 1825?]. (Family History Library book Folio 975.7 E7m.) These maps show the names of persons who owned land during the period 1810 to 1820. A complete set of Mill's Atlas maps is also available on-line through the Map Collections of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.
Wilson's 1822 and Walker and Johnson's 1866 maps are great aids to genealogists. They identify creeks, which for a metes-and-bounds state, is essential to identifying the location of your ancestor's land. For more information, contact the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
For maps of counties and parishes, see:
- Black, James. “The Counties and Districts of South Carolina,” in Genealogical Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, pp. 100-113. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah Genealogical Association, 1976. (Family History Library book 973 D25gj.)
- United States Census Bureau State and County Map. This map will allow you to zoom in on any state or county in the United States and read the names of all of the neighboring counties.
- General Highway Maps. Columbia, South Carolina: State Highway Dept., 1971-3. (Family History Library films 924630-31.) Includes maps for all 46 counties.
- Printable maps are also available from the National Atlas of the United States -- http://nationalatlas.gov/printable.html
- "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.
- Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.