Union County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Union County, South Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Union
Organized: March 12, 1785[1]
Parent County(s): Ninety Six District[2]
Neighboring Counties
Cherokee  • Chester  • Fairfield  • Laurens  • Newberry  • Spartanburg  • York
See County Maps
Courthouse
South Carolina, Union County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the "Union" church. A log church or meetinghouse was built and shared among several denominations that could not yet afford their own separate structures. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Union County Courthouse
2322 East Main Street
Union, SC 29379
Phone: 864-429-1630
Union County Website

County Pronunciation
Hear it spoken[4]

Union County, South Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1911 1915 1785 1778 1777 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Union County, South Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See South Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For all existing and online Federal population schedules of South Carolina, see South Carolina Census. See also USGenWeb Census Project, South Carolina, including links to transcribed files.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1790 7,693
1800 10,237 33.1%
1810 10,995 7.4%
1820 14,126 28.5%
1830 17,906 26.8%
1840 18,936 5.8%
1850 19,852 4.8%
1860 19,635 −1.1%
1870 19,248 −2.0%
1880 24,080 25.1%
1890 25,363 5.3%
1900 25,501 0.5%
1910 29,911 17.3%
1920 30,372 1.5%
1930 30,920 1.8%
1940 31,360 1.4%
1950 31,334 −0.1%
1960 30,015 −4.2%
1970 29,230 −2.6%
1980 30,751 5.2%
1990 30,337 −1.3%
2000 29,881 −1.5%
2010 28,961 −3.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

See Union County/SCGenWeb for specific information on Union County Census Records.

1820 Manufactures
The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517 - 1024518.

1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners

  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840; FHL Collection 2321; digital version at Google Books. See South Carolina, Union District on page 143.

1850

  • Brock, Pettus and Broad River Basin Historical Society. 1850 Federal Census of Union County, South Carolina. Hickory Grove, S.C.: Broad River Basin Historical Society, 1993. FHL Collection

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Baptist

  • Padgett's Creek - minutes and membership lists, etc. (1784-1905) available on microfilm at the University of NC Davis Library (Serial 1-1272 1784-1905).

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Online Court Indexes and Records
Union County has court records from 1785 that are held in the office of the Clerk of Court. Union County was a part of the Ninety-Six District from 1785 - 1791 and the Pinckney District from 1791 - 1800.You may wish to search the records of the Ninety-Six District court which are housed in Abbeville County with the Clerk of Court and the records of the Pinckney District courts housed in York County with the Clerk of Court. The records of Western and Pinckney Equity Circuit Districts are housed in Union County. The South Carolina Archives and History Center has court records available on microfilm for Union County. The Family History Library collection includes books and microfilm regarding court records for Union County.

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans
United States African Americans go to African American Resources for South Carolina

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Cross Keys - Cross Keys
  • David Johnson's - Lockhart
  • Fair Forest
  • Hillside - Carlisle
  • Jim Gist's
  • Juxa - Union
  • Orange Hall - Goshen Hill
  • Rose Hill
  • William Blackstock - Cross Anchor
  • Woodland - Carlisle
  • Wyoming - Jonesville

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • [Addington] Patterson, Naomi Louise Addington. Addington, a Directory of the Descendants of Henry and Sarah Addington of Union County, South Carolina. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1989. FHL 929.273 Ad23p
  • [Austin] Curtis, Janet Austin. "Southside Virginia Austins," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1961):147-154. Digital version at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 5 (1961).
  • [Blassingame] Lafo, Susan, Phyllis Harrison, Barbara Bleades, and Larry Tyner. "Blassingame Myths and Facts," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 26, No. 2 (Spring 1998):70-76. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 26
  • [Brandon] "General Thomas Brandon," [Taken from the Union Times newspaper, November 25, 1870], The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Spring 1983):63-67. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 11
  • [Campbell] Temple, Sarah E. Our Campbell Ancestors, 1742-1937: Traditions and History of the Family of Five Campbell Brothers and Sisters, John, James Douglas, Hester, Mary and Samuel; Including What is Known of Them in New Jersey, York County, Pennsylvania, Union County, South Carolina, and in Ohio; A Genealogy of the Known Descendants of John Campbell through His Son James, and Samuel Campbell through His Son Ralph; Also Brief Ancestral Notes on Families Connected by Marriage with the Foregoing, viz; Parnell, Clark, Spray, Wilson, Haskett, Mendenhall and Underhill. Burbank, Calif.: Ivan Deach, Jr., 1939. FHL 929.273 C152t
  • [Coleman] Rosson, Etta Coleman and Mrs. J.T. McBryde. Descendants of Robert Coleman and Elizabeth Roe: and Some Other Colemens of Fairfield and Union District, South Carolina. Typescript, National Library, DAR. Microfilmed 1971. FHL 858851 Item 1
  • [Farr] Farr, Eugene. Farr and Near Farr Descendants of Col. William Farr of Union County, South Carolina from 1735: (Allied Families: Alley, Bailey, Fowler, Garner, Glenn, Lipsey, Lowry, McDuff (McElduff), Stribling, Thomas and Many, Many Others. Chesterfield, Mo.: E. Farr, 1997. FHL 929.273 F24fe
  • [Foster] Martindale, Donald L. Some Descendants of George Foster of Charlotte CO., VA, 1695-1997 Emphasizing Three Foster Families (James, Allen, and Singlton) Who Migrated from Union County, South Carolina to Yell County, Arkansas in 1842. Roanoke, Va.: D.L. Martindale, 1998. FHL 929.273 F811m
  • [Fowler] "Who Was John Fowler V?" The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 24, No. 1 (Winter 1996):15. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 24
  • [Gee] Gee, Wilson. The Gee family of Union County, South Carolina. Charlottesville, Va.: Priv. print. for the author by Jarman's, 1935. FHL 22794 Item 29; digital versions at Ancestry ($) and World Vital Records ($).
  • [Getzendanner] Getzendanner, David. Thomas Getzendanner of Maryland and South Carolina; His Descendants: The Getson and Danner Families of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. Salem, Ore.: D. Getzendanner, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 G335get [Some descendants used the surnames Getson and also Danner.]
  • [Gossett] Gossett, Jeffrey. The Gossetts of South Carolina. Rock Hill, S.C.: J.L. Gossett, 1997. FHL Collection 929.273 G696g
  • [Holder] Woolen, Edward A. Holder Family Biographical and Historical Records and Genealogy of Daniel Holder, 1758-1843 of Fauquier & Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia and Union County, South Carolina. Decorah, Iowa: Anundsen, 1992. FHL 929.273 H711hf
  • [Huey] "Some Notes on the Huey Family," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 20, No. 1 (Winter 1992):22-26. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 20
  • [Humphries] "Charles Humphries of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 7, No. 3 (Summer 1979):188-190. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 7
  • [Humphries] Holcomb, Brent H. and Katherine L. Hester. Ancestors and Descendants of Charles Humphries (d.1837) of Union District, South Carolina, 1677-1984 Including Records from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Other States. Columbia, S.C.: B.H. Holcomb, 1985. FHL 929.273 H889hb
  • [Humphries] Herreid, Charlene Humphries. "Richard Humphries of Union District and Some of His Descendants," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 36, No. 2 (Spring 2008):71-75. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 36
  • [Humphries] Herreid, Charlene Humphries. "A Tale of Two Charners," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Spring 2010):71-78. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38
  • [Lockhart] Sudberry, Sabra. Descendants of James and Ann Lockhart of Union County, South Carolina. Jasper, Ala.: S. Sudberry, 1998. FHL 929.273 L811s
  • [McLure] Butt, Mary McLure and Sarah Porter Carroll. While the Cotton Blooms a Pre Civil War History of the Family of John William McLure of Chester and Union Counties, S.C., Including the History of the Church of the Nativity, the Diary of Jane Poulton, Letters from the McLure Family Collection. Greenville, S.C.: A Press Printing Co., 1990. FHL 929.273 M132bmm
  • [McLure] Butt, Mary McLure and Sarah Porter Carroll. Shadows on the Southland for the Family of John William McLure of Union County, South Carolina in the Wake of the War Between the States. Greenville, S.C.: A Press, [1993?]. FHL 929.273 M226bmm
  • [Morgan] Morgan, Spencer. Autobiography, and Family Bible. MSS. Microfilmed 1958. FHL Collection 176628 Item 5
  • [Mullinax] Mullinax, Jack D. The Mullinax Family of Northern South Carolina (York, Union and Cherokee Counties) and Southern North Carolina (Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln Counties). Chesnee, S.C.: Chesnee Hardware, 1983. FHL 929.273 M917mj.
  • [Norvell] Norvell, Grace. "James Norvell of Goochland County, Virginia," Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Aug. 1988):157-168; Vol. 26, No. 4 (Nov. 1988):237-246. Digital version at Ancestry ($); FHL Book 975.5 B2vs.
  • [Potts] Whisenant, Dora Gordon. Potts from Union District, South Carolina to Tennessee. Fayetteville, Tenn.: D.G. Whisenant, 2009. FHL 929.273 P857w
  • [Prince] Prince, Vivian Christine, Frances Prince Gaddy, and Louis R. Prince. Prince - The Descendants of William Prince (1788-1869) of Union County and Pickens County, South Carolina. n.p.: V.C. Prince, F.P. Gaddy, and L.R. Prince, 1985. FHL 929.273 P935pg
  • [Ray] Davis, Carrie L. Ancestors and Descendants and Allied Families of Medora Virginia Ray Union District, South Carolina. Greenville, S.C.: C.L. Davis, 1988. FHL 929.273 R211d
  • [Shelton] Gee, Wilson. "The Bowles, Anderson and Shelton Families as Related to the Descendants of William Sims (1765-1833), and His Wife, Elizabeth Shelton Sims (1767-1833), of Union County, South Carolina," The William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 16, No. 4 (Oct. 1936):602-608. FHL Collection 973 H25w ser. 2 v. 16 (1936); digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Sims] Gee, Wilson. "The Bowles, Anderson and Shelton Families as Related to the Descendants of William Sims (1765-1833), and His Wife, Elizabeth Shelton Sims (1767-1833), of Union County, South Carolina," The William and Mary Quarterly, 2nd Ser., Vol. 16, No. 4 (Oct. 1936):602-608. FHL Collection 973 H25w ser. 2 v. 16 (1936); digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • [Skelton] Skelton, Earl F. "The Skeltons of Colonial Virginia," Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. 3, No. 2 (August/September 1994):86-100; Vol. 3, No. 3 (November/December 1994):151-162. FHL Collection 975.51 D25t
  • [Smith] Russell, Judith F. "Margaret Smith Edmunson Duncan Parham (1763-1836)," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Fall 2004):194-197. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32
  • [Thomas] Andrea, Leonardo. "Folder no. 888. Thomas of Union, Chester, and Fairfield," Genealogical Folders in the Leonardo Andrea Collection. MSS. Microfilmed 1974: FHL Film 954596.

Genealogies about several Union County families are kept at the Winthrop College Archives and Special Collections in Rock Hill, S.C.[9]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Because South Carolina was an agricultural state, many residents owned land. For earliest records, search 1) Charleston District, 2) your ancestor’s residential district, 3) neighboring districts, 4) the residential county, 5) neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. See also South Carolina Land and Property.

Online Land Indexes and Records

  • This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification. All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants
  • The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative. Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.
  • The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records.
Tracing Land Currently in Union County with Parent Counties and Districts [10]
Date Government Office
1868-present Union County
1800-1868 Union District
1791-1800 Union County in Pinkney District
1785-1791 Union County (old) in Ninety-Six District
1769-1785 Ninety-Six District
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
  • Some early records may be found in North Carolina counties Anson, Mecklenburg, or Tryon

Orignial deed books are located at the Union County Courthouse. Abstacted deeds Union County, South Carolina deed abstracts, Brent Holcomb (Columbia, South Carolina SCMAR, 2000-c2007) FHL book 975.741 R2h 5 vols.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

The county is named after Union Church, the first Christian place of worship in the area.[11]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Cherokee CountyYork CountyChester CountyFairfield CountyNewberry CountyLaurens CountySpartanburg CountySC UNION.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Union County for European settlers included:[12]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

General

  • "County statistics in wars," Historical Newsletter, April 2007. Union County Historical Foundation: Union, SC.
  • "Militia list of 1814," Broad River Notebook, March 1993, Volume 2, Issue 1. Broad River Basin Historical Society: Sharon, SC.
  • "Militia petition, 1825," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Spring 1992, Volume 16, Issue 1. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Spartanburg, SC.
  • "Records, militia, 1760," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Spring 1992, Volume 16, Issue 1. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Spartanburg, SC
  • "Militia roll, 1858," Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly, Winter 1992, Volume 16, Issue 3. Pinckney District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Spartanburg, SC
  • Union County/SCGenWeb site has useful military links.

Revolutionary War

  • "Cely Rogers, widow of Nathaniel Rogers pension application, 1839," Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, February 2007, Volume 21, Issue 1. Piedmont Historical Society: Spartansburg, SC.
  • "Nathaniel Rogers Revolutionary War pension application and depositions, 1832-1833," Upper South Carolina Genealogy and History, February 2007, Volume 21, Issue 1. Piedmont Historical Society: Spartansburg, SC.
  • "Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Fairforest Prebyterian Church Cemetery (sel.)," Old Newberry District Quarterly, Summer 2004, Volume 13, Issue 2. Old Newberry District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Newberry, SC.
  • "Tarleton Cavalry," Gleanings, October 2001, Volume 8, Issue 4. Steele Creek Historical and Genealogical Society: Charlotte, NC.
  • "County veterans," Cass County Connections, June 1998, Volume 24, Issue 2. Cass County Genealogical Society: Atlanta, TX.

War of 1812

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Union County, p. 189. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Civil War

Regiments. Civil War service men from Union County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Union County or from many of its men:

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Sharpshooters, Company C (also known as the Charleston Sharpshooters and Palmetto Guards)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Artillery, Company A (also known as Calhoun's Battery; Sumter Light Artillery, Sumter Battery, Preston's Battery, Blake's Battery and other name variations) and Company K
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (6 months, 1861), Company E (also known as the Union Volunteers)
-2nd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves, Company C (also known as the Spartan Rangers, the Spartanburg Rangers and the Spartan Rangers Independent Cavalry Reserves)
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion), Company G (also known as the DeSaussure Light Artillery and the DePass Light Battery)
- 3rd Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company D and Company K
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves, Company A
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina State Troop Junior Reserves, Company A and Company B
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Ferguson's), Company K
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina State Troops, Company H and Company M
- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry , Company A (also know as Johnson Rifles), Before Reorganization Roster--After Reorganization Roster, Company B, Company C, Company D (also known as Tyger River Volunteers and Goshen Hill Volunteers) - (Santuc) Roster, Company E (also known as Pea Ridge Volunteers)--Before Reorganization Roster--After Reorganization Roster, Company G, Company H, Company I, and Company K
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry , Company C, Company D, and Company E
- 12th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company A
- 15th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry , Company B, Company D, Company F, and Company H
- 18th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company A, Company B, Company C, Company E, and Company F
- 19th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry, Company D

Other Resources

  • South Carolina, Confederate Pension Board. Confederate Veterans and Widows Pension Applications, 1919-1920. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961). Original at the Union County courthouse. Microfilm copy at FHL 255051 Item 1
  • Register of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1961) Originals at the Union County courthouse. Arranged by surname. Microfilm copy at FHL 255051 Item 2
  • Gorski, Eddie L. Civil War abstracts from the Gaffney ledger: from the local newspaper. (Gaffney, South Carolina E.L. Gorski, c1989-c1991). 2 volumes. These abstraction also contain some of those who were living in near by counties such as Union, York and Spartanburg"--Vol. 1, pref., 1st prelim. p. Names are in alphabetical order by surname. Vol. 2 includes information from the Union Times. Books found at FHL 975.742/G1 M2g

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Historic
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Union County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

University of South Carolina Library Catalog

Current

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For more information and links, see South Carolina Periodicals.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Various types of records are created throughout the probate process of settling estates and property, usually after death. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History hasmicrofilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available. Estate records for Union County probate court, 1787-1906, are available on microfilm, as well as other court records. Probate records for Union County may be found in the court of ordinary, probate court, and the court of equity. Some of these estate records are also available on microfilm through the Family History Library. See also:

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, and relationships. See South Carolina Taxation for online resources and suggestions.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records created by Civil authorities. See South Carolina Vital Records for online resources and suggestions.

Birth[edit | edit source]

State-wide birth registration did not begin until 1915. For records after 1915, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

In South Carolina, Probate Courts issued and still keep marriage licenses from 1 July 1911 to the present. Licenses were not required before 1911. In the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Statewide registration of marriages started in July, 1950. See South Carolina Vital Records for indexes and more information.

Online Marriage Records and Indexes

  • 1851-1912 Union County, South Carolina Marriage Records: from Early Newspapers, 1851-1912, Marriage Registers, Deed Books & Probate records by Tommy J. Vaughan & Michael Becknell[13] FHL Collection WorldCat - abstracts
  • 1911-1950 (index to 1955) - Union County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, July 1911-Dec. 1950; Indexes, 1911-1955 [14]FHL Collection - index and records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found insome counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Death[edit | edit source]

State-wide death registration began in 1915. For information and online records, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Union County. For state-wide library facilities, see South Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Union County. For state-wide library facilities, see South Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Union County Carnegie Library
Address:
300 East South Street
Union, South Carolina 29379
Telephone: (864) 427-7140Website

The Union County Library provides the amateur family historian with quality resources, the active support of trained staff who care about research and personal investigation, and access to genealogy databases and web based sources. We help researchers get started, we celebrate their success, and we provide suggestions and recommendations along the way

Museums[edit | edit source]

Union County Museum The Union County Museum has a wealth of resources such as family histories, city directories, marriage indexes, cemetery books, and vertical files.
Website

127 West Main Street
Union SC 29379
Phone: 864-429-5081
Email: uncomus@bellsouth.net Hours of Operation: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am until 4 pm, Saturday 2 pm until 5pm.
Other times by appointment arranged in advance.

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Union County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see South Carolina Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  2. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 29 December 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Union, South Carolina," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County,_South_Carolina. accessed 15/07/2019
  4. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Union County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.
  6. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), South Carolina.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Union County, South Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County,_South_Carolina, accessed 29 December 2019.
  9. Ron Chepesiuk, "Genealogy: Resources of the Wintrhop Archives," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Summer 1980):164-168. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 8. Chepesiuk identifies the family collections available in 1980.
  10. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
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