South Carolina Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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South Carolina Births and Christenings, 1681-1935
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
South Carolina, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Births and Christenings Index
Collection years 1681-1935
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What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1681 to 1935. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections..

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Birth and christening index entries usually include (over 98% of the time):

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1877-1914 Marriages, 1866-1886; 1911-1950 Deaths and Burials, 1822-1886; 1915-1956
Anderson 0 8,609 0
Barnwell 3,043 22,878 8,878
Beaufort 1,591 413 0
Berkeley 1,079 0 0
Charleston 31,427 6,071 73,693
Darlington 0 21 0
Edgefield 0 0 462
Georgetown 148 48 0
Laurens 0 14,987 0
South Carolina 190 3,502 5,119
Total 37,478 56,529 88,152

How Do I Search This Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of the birth or christening
  • The place where the birth or christening occurred
  • The name of the child's parents

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor


Known Issues with This Collection

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Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"South Carolina Births and Christenings, 1681-1935." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

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