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State Resources — South Carolina

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has had records since January 1915. City of Charleston births from 1877 and deaths from 1821 are on file at Charleston County Health Department. Ledger entries of Florence City births and deaths from 1895 to 1914 are on file at Florence County Health Department. Ledger entries of Newberry City births and deaths from the late 1800s are on file at Newberry County Health Department. These are the only early records obtainable.

State office also has marriage records since July 1950 and divorce records since July 1962.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (803) 898-3630 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems
South Carolina Department of Health and
Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

For county marriage records, contact the Probate Judge in the county where the license was issued. Records since July 1911 are available. Cost will vary.

For county divorce records, you can also contact the Clerk of County in the county where the divorce was granted. Records since April 1949 are available. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have vital records, church records, court records, colonial petitions and correspondences, military records, newspapers, tax records, cemetery records, probate records, maps, federal census records from 1790-1910, and local histories.

Write to:
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Telephone: (803) 896-6100
Web site:

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS)
2910 Duncan Street
Columbia, SC 29205
Web site:
  Publications: The Carolina Herald, South Carolina Genealogical Newsletter

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29402
Telephone: (843) 856-2820
Fax: (843) 723-8584
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