South Carolina Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Nancy Hendrickson

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In honor of National South Carolina Day, let’s learn a bit more about the Palmetto State.


South Carolina Day Fast Facts Key Resources


Statehood: 1788

British colony status: 1729

First federal census: 1790

State censuses: 1829, 1839, 1868, 1869, 1875

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1915

Statewide marriage records begin: 1950

State-land state

Counties: 46

Contact for vital records:

Division of vital Records South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control 2600 Bull St. Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 898-3630 <>


Web Sites

Cyndi’s List: South Carolina


The SCGenWebTM Project


South Carolina Genealogy and Family History


South Carolina Genealogy Trails


South Carolina in the Civil War




  • Carolina Scots edited by Douglas F. Kelly (1739 Publishers)
  • Colonial South Carolina: A History by Robert M. Weir (University of South Carolina Press)
  • The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books).
  • A Guide to South Carolina Genealogical Research by Brent H. Holcomb (self-published, out of print)
  • Original Index Book Showing the Revolutionary Claims Filed in South Carolina by Janie Revill (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution by Bobby Gilmer Moss (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • South Carolina and the American Revolution: A Battlefield History by John W. Gordon (University of South Carolina Press)
  • South Carolina: A History by Walter B. Edgar (University of South Carolina Press)
  • South Carolina Marriages, 1688-1799 by Brent H. Holcomb (Genealogical Publishing Co., out of print)
  • South Carolina Naturalizations, 1783-1850 by Brent H. Holcomb (Genealogical Publishing Co., out of print)
  • South Carolina’s Civil War: A Narrative History by W. Scott Poole (Mercer University Press)


Organizations and Archives

Piedmont Historical Society

Box 1842, Spartanburg, SC 29304, <>

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223, (803) 896-6100, <>

The South Carolina Genealogical Society

Box 492, Columbia, SC 29202, <>

South Carolina Historical Society

100 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401, (843) 723-3225, <>

South Carolina State Library

1500 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29211, (803) 734-8666, <>

University of South Carolina, Thomas Cooper Library

1322 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208, (803) 777-3142, <>


Information updated from the June 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  If you’d like to learn more about South Carolina Genealogy, check out our Crash Course Webinar.