This data set is an index
to South Carolina land grants from 1784-1800. Information listed in this index
includes the name of the individual receiving the grant, the year in which the
land grant was issued, and source information including the class number, volume
number, and page number where the original record may be found. The land grant
records this index references are located at the South Carolina Department of
Archives and History in Columbia. The same records can also be found at the Family
History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah on microfilms 022531-022580. The
microfilmed copies of these records available from the FHL may also be circulated
to your local Family
There were several ways to acquire first title to lands, but usually they followed
the four steps of petitions, warrants, survey/plat, and grant/patent. The petition
is a request to take up land. The warrant certifies the right to a specific acreage
and authorizes an official surveyor to survey it, assuming no prior and conflicting
claims. The plat, sometimes called a survey, is the surveyor's drawing of the
legal descriptions so that the land is identifiable. The patent/grant is the government's
or proprietor's passing of title to the patentee/grantee. This is the first-title
deed and the true beginning of private ownership of the land. Land grants are
especially useful in genealogical research for locating an individual in a particular
place and time. (Taken from Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves. Research In Land and
Tax Records. In The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, ed.
Loretto Dennis Szucs and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking (Salt Lake City: Ancestry,
Generally, you'll find
the following information about an individual included in this data set:
Name - The
name of the individual who received the land grant.
In some records, you will find three question marks in place of the given name
or surname. This indicates that the name was not listed on the original record.
You may also find question marks in place of missing letters. A question mark
after a name indicates that the name spelling was unclear. You may also occasionally
find the same record listed in the index under two different name spellings. Please
note that not all unusual and uncertain names were noted by question marks, so
always be sure to check under various spellings if you are having trouble locating
You may have difficulty locating some names for the following reasons:
Some given names have been abbreviated. For example, "Robert"
may appear as "Robt," and "Elizabeth" as "Eliz."
Some given names are misspelled, contain typos, or may be spelled unusually.
Some given and middle names are truncated. Specifically this happens when
the name, including the spaces between the given name, middle name, and last name,
is longer than twenty-three characters. For example, "McCormack, Annabelle
Margaret" would be listed as "McCormack, Annabelle Mar." If you
are unable to locate a particular given name and surname, try switching the given
name to an initial, abbreviation, or possible misspelling. If the surname is not
common, you may want to search only on the surname.
The page number on which the individual can be found in the original record.
This field lists volume in which the record may be found in the original records.
One group of land grants is collected into a 23 volume series. Another group is
collected into a 76 volume series. The first group is called Class 1, the second
Class 2. There are overlapping years between the two classes. In all cases in
this index, those records originating from Class 1 are blank in this field. All
other records that have this field populated are from Class 2.
field lists the year the land grant was issued. The letters "LG" precede
the year. They stand for "Land Grant."
Jackson, Ronald Vern, ed. Index to South Carolina Land Grants 1784-1800. Bountiful, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1977.
Index compiled from land grant records available at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia. Also available at the FHL on microfilms 022531-022580.