South Carolina Naturalization and Citizenship

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History[edit | edit source]

Some colonial applications for naturalization are found in the records of the secretary of the province at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Since the Revolutionary War, naturalization papers have been filed in the records of federal, state, and local courts.

Records[edit | edit source]

  • Starting in the 1780s, the South Carolina legislature also granted citizenship. Many of these petitions are in the records of the General Assembly at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Only one small volume of records, 1788 to 1839, is at both the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library. FHL film 022673, the index is on film FHL film 022662.
  • Holcomb, Brent H. South Carolina Naturalizations 1783-1850. (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985). FHL book 975.7 P4h. Supplement: "Some South Carolina Naturalizations," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter 1986):24-28. FHL book 975.7 B2sc v. 14
Hemperley, Marion R. "Federal Naturalization Oaths Charleston, South Carolina 1790-1860," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Apr., 1965), pp. 112-124; Vol. 66, No. 3 (Jul., 1965), pp. 183-192; Vol. 66, No. 4 (Oct., 1965), pp. 218-228. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Copies of the U.S. District Court records for the years 1790 to 1906 from the National Archives—Southeast Region (Atlanta) are also at the Family History Library. FHL film 929094
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd deWitt. Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies in America, 1607-1775 (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2005). FHL book 970 P4b Online at Ancestry ($).
  • The Family History Library has petitions to the courts of common pleas and general sessions for some counties. A few of these records are found in the court minutes that are listed in the FamilySearch Catalog using the Place-names search for
  • County naturalizations can be located in the library catalog for the following counties: Charleston, Chester, Lexington (Registration of Aliens, 1840-1861), Pendleton District, and Union.

Post-1906 Records[edit | edit source]

In 1906 the Immigration and Naturalization Service (now United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) was created, forms were standardized and duplicate records created by the court were sent to the INS. To access these records, use the Genealogy Program at You may also contact the National Archives—Southeast Region (Atlanta) for naturalization records.

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