South Carolina, United States Genealogy

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Live oaks over E. Bay Street in Georgetown, SC.
Welcome to South Carolina, the Palmetto State

Most unique genealogical features:
  • old Districts have an affect on research
  • Admiralty Courts played a notable role

South Carolina Counties

Extinct Counties and Districts:  Abbeville District · Anderson District · Beaufort District · Berkeley · Berkeley District · Camden District · Charleston District · Cheraw District · Chester District · Chesterfield District · Claremont · Clarendon District · Colleton District · Craven · Darlington District · Edgefield District · Georgetown District · Granville  · Lewisburg · Liberty · Ninety-Six District · Orange · Orangeburgh District · Pendleton · Pendleton District · Pinckney District · Salem · Washington · Washington District · Winton · Winyaw

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Horry CountyDillon CountyMarion CountyGeorgetown CountyWilliamsburg CountyFlorence CountyDarlington CountyBerkeley CountyClarendon CountyDorchester CountyColleton CountyBeaufort CountyCharleston CountyHampton CountyBamberg CountyAllendale CountyJasper CountyBarnwell CountyAiken CountyEdgefield CountySaluda CountyGreenwood CountyMcCormick CountyAbbeville CountyOconee CountyPickens CountyAnderson CountyLaurens CountyMarlboro CountyChesterfield CountyKershaw CountyLancaster CountyYork CountyCherokee CountyUnion CountySpartanburg CountyGreenville CountyNewberry CountyLexington CountyRichland CountyCalhoun CountyOrangeburg CountyLee CountySumter CountyFairfield CountyChester CountySouth-carolina-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History · South Carolina Historical Society · South Caroliniana Library · Charleston Library Society · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Dallas Public Central Library

Migration Routes

Camden-Charleston Path · Catawba Trail · Charleston-Savannah Road · Fall Line Road · Fort Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path · Fort Moore-Charleston Road · Great Valley Road · King's Highway · Lower Cherokee Traders Path · Unicoi Trail · Upper Road · Ports:  Charleston · Georgetown


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About 80 percent of the settlers of colonial South Carolina were of English origin. Many of them came by way of Barbados and other colonies rather than directly from England. A group of Dutch settlers from New York came to South Carolina in 1671. Another smaller group was of French origin, mostly descendants of Huguenots, who came to the area beginning in 1680. More numerous were the Scottish dissenters, who were brought in beginning in 1682, and the Germans, who arrived during the eighteenth century. Blacks constituted a majority of the population from early colonial times until 1930. Indian wars drove most of the native Americans from the state, but there are still a few Catawba Indians in York County.

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