South Carolina Cemeteries

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Tomb of Arthur Middleton (1742–1787) at Middleton Place near Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Middleton was a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Middleton's mother (Mary Williams), his son Henry Middleton, his grandson Williams Middleton, and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Middleton are buried in the same burial plot.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Online[edit | edit source]

The following have significant cemetery listings for Arkansas State:

  • Search for names at Find A Grave. Enter at least a last name then click Search. Can narrow by first names or dates.
    • This site frequently has tombstone images.
    • List of cemeteries in their database.
      • 1) Select the state, 2) pick a county, and 3) click Search. (There are too many cemeteries for a statewide list.)
        • Tip: To switch to a different county, click Cemetery Lookup under Actions at the left.
      • When you have a list, click on the number below Interments for a cemetery to access names. Click Records arrow to scroll through to the end.

  • South Carolina GenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
    • Includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
    • USGenWeb Archives Digital Library. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries and the highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.
  • Linkpendium
  • Clike on the county for the Cemetery listings.

Cemetery records, such as tombstone and sexton’s records, have value in that they may give birth and death dates, age at death, name of spouse and children, a maiden name or, occasionally, a birthplace. Tombstones may have symbols or insignias indicating military service and social or religious affiliations. It is important to look at surrounding tombstones because family members may also be buried nearby.

Locating Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The South Carolina Genealogical Society's S.C. Cemetery Project is a great starting point for cemetery research in the state. Their website includes lists of cemeteries in each county and names indexes to tombstones for select counties.

For more information on cemetery records, see United States Cemeteries.

Indexes and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Works Progress Administrations created one of the best collections of South Carolina cemetery inscriptions. These records are held at the South Caroliniana Library and have been microfilmed by FamilySearch. The cemeteries included in this collection are listed in Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography by Richard N. Côté. (N.p. Reprint. Originally published: 1981 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 975.7 H23c
  • Works Projects Administration, South Carolina Historical Records Survey, Index to tombstone inscriptions 1930s (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Repring Company Publishers, 1984) FHL fiche 6016817 (first of 67) Alphabetical index of tombstone inscriptions.
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) collection contains tombstone inscriptions from South Carolina cemeteries. This collection and an every-name index to it are described in South Carolina Compiled Genealogies.
  • To locate additional cemetery indexes and sexton records available through the Family History Library, use the "Place Search" function of the FamilySearch Catalog for:

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • The FamilySearch Catalog lists published records of South Carolina cemeteries.  Thorough "Place Searches" should include counties and towns.  Some of the books referenced here may be available on Google Books and in public libraries
  • World Cat is a comprehensive library catalog covering hundreds of libraries. You can narrow searches to retrieve cemetery books for specific states and counties.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.