State of South Carolina
Archives, Libraries, Publications
Historical & Genealogical Societies

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It is wise to acquaint your self with just about any repository in South Carolina that you might explore by contacting to the relevant archive or library ahead of time.

A good number of, if not all, South Carolina repositories contain published materials that present its collections and research policy.

South Carolina archives and historical organizations likewise have Internet websites which provide comparable important information. Many even contain down-loadable lists for some or parts of their collections.

South Carolina Archives

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road; Columbia, SC 29223-4905; Tel: (803) 896-6100, Fax: (803) 896-6198; The Reference Room staff will provide information about charges for copies and schedule for receiving copies. Self-service copying is available. Inquiries must be made in person or by telephone. The Reference Room is open Monday - Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. daily.
  • South Carolina Methodist Conference Archives, Sandor Teszler Library; Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301
  • Charleston Diocesan Archives, Chancery Office, 119 Broad Street, P.O. Box 818, Charleston, South Carolina 29402
  • South Carolina Baptist Historical Collection, James B. Duke Library, Poinsett Highway, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina 29613
  • Marion County Archives and History Center, 101 North Main St., Marion, SC
  • The Andrea Files - This website is an abstract of the records in the Andrea Files. This collection of folders contains important genealogical information on many South Carolina and related families.

South Carolina Museums

South Carolina Libraries

South Carolina Periodicals

Genealogical periodicals offer plenty of sources of information, they can be dismissed by genealogy researchers and genealogist in looking for family history. The majority of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies publish periodicals that have records associated with the region or area they operate. Quite often these publications offer articles pertaining to records which are not offered anywhere else.

  • South Carolina Historical Magazine (Charleston, S.C.: South Carolina Historical Society, 1900–present)
  • South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 1-20  (search.ancestry.com)
  • Carolina Herald (Greenville, S.C.: Carolina Genealogical Society, 1974–present)
  • Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina (Charleston, S.C.: The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, 1888–present)
  • The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research (Columbia, S.C.: Brent Howard Holcomb, 1973–present)
  • Carolina Genealogist (Danielsville, Ga.: Mary B. Warren, 1969–present)
  • Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History (Piedmont Historical Society)

South Carolina Historical & Genealogical Societies

For nearly each and every South Carolina you will find a South Carolina genealogical society, a South Carolina genealogical council, or both. Together with their own work, South Carolina-level groups usually help synchronize the efforts of local societies around the South Carolina. Their unique publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those published through the local area societies.

Ethnic Societies

Religious Societies

  • Jewish Historical Society Of South Carolina, 66 George Street, Charleston 29424-0001
  • Dalcho Historical Society, Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, 1020 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29403
  • Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches; P.O. Box 847, Montreat, North Carolina 29757

South Carolina Newspapers & Publications

South Carolina Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) consist of all sorts of important facts about specific ancestors, entire lineages and families, places in time, and concerning every type of genealogical records and repositories. They allow you to discover a abundance of facts about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These types of sources can often bolster public records and provide information and facts that is not recorded someplace else. Here, one can learn much more about your ancestor's potential daily activities by placing them in the context of their time.

In 1732, the first issue of the first South Carolina newspaper was published. It was called the South Carolina Gazette. The South Caroliniana Library has the biggest collection of state newspapers. However, large collections can also be found at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Charleston Library Society.

Most South Carolina newspapers published both death and birth records. So, they are vital sources of genealogical information. The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research frequently publishes newspaper abstracts. So has the South Carolina Historical Magazine. There are also several other publications containing abstracts from the state's newspapers.

Books

Newspapers - South Carolina newspapers can furnish all sorts of evidence about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more.

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