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.

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

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.

Online Resources

  • S.C. Cemetery Project, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society. This project encompasses all South Carolina counties. Lists of cemeteries are included for all counties, with personal name indexes for select counties.
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person, family or cemetery. Usually gives birth and death dates and often comes with a picture of the tombstone. May also give obituaries, biographical information and names of family members with links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • includes many Illinois cemetery transcripts.
  • BillionGraves can be searched by name, surname, or cemetery. It provides a photo and the GPS location of the grave marker.
  • [ South Carolina GenWeb Project] includes cemetery information and transcripts. Search on individual county pages.
  • USGenWeb Tombstone Project in USGenWeb Archives Digital Library. This is a county-by-county list of cemeteries and the highlighted cemeteries on the web page include tombstone abstracts.
  • epodunk has a gazetteer of South Carolina cemeteries.

Indexes and Records

  • 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 Genealogy.
  • To locate additional cemetery indexes and sexton records available through the Family History Library, use the "Place Search" function of the Family History Library Catalog for:


  • The Family History Library 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.