South Carolina, Charleston District, Estate inventories, 1732-1844
This collection contains inventory and appraisement books as well as inventories of estates from Charleston, South Carolina between 1732 and 1872. These records are a good resource for finding slave ancestors. Because slaves were treated as property at the time, when an estate was appraised for probate or tax purposes, slaves were listed and appraised along with other items belonging to the estate. In some cases, slaves did not have surnames and may need to be located using the name of the slave owner. In other cases, records may include the slave's American and African names. Additionally, there are records of free African Americans, which provides a glimpse into their lifestyles and possessions. This collection is part of a joint project with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Family Search, and the Lowcountry Africana group.