South Carolina Family History

This section lists the state-wide association of South Carolina.  It then lists associations from Aiken-Barnwell to Central giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional Societies

County and Other Societies

South Carolina Genealogical Society

The Society is a Non-Profit Corporation.

The association has a large collection of Books, which include Family Histories, Diaries, Census Returns, Marriages, Abstracts of Conveyances, Tombstone Inscriptions, Church Records and Court Records.

Books also include DAR Patriot Index, Courthouse Indexes, Extracts from Newspapers, Family Bible Records, Funeral Home Books, School Records and Deed Abstracts.

A list of Cemeteries is on the site, along with brief County Histories. 

A list of Research Libraries is also available.

Many publications are available for sale which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Inscriptions
  • Cemetery Surveys
  • Census Returns
  • Deeds
  • Family Bible Records
  • Genealogies
  • Historical Books
  • Maps of Land Grants
  • Marriages
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • Parish Registers
  • Passenger Lists
  • Probate Records
  • Wills

County and Other Societies

Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society

The aims of the association are to collect and preserve genealogical records, preserve area cemeteries, encourage genealogical research and to make library resource materials more widely available.  It also aims to increase family history research in Aiken and Barnwell Counties.

Photographs showing buildings from Aiken and Barnwell Counties are accessible on their website.

Numerous publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Aiken Co. Cemeteries
  • Back Issues of their publications
  • Barnwell Co. Cemeteries
  • Bethany and Sons of Israel Cemeteries(Aiken)
  • Graniteville Cemetery, 2001

Links to other sites you may find useful are also accessible.


Berkeley County Historical Society

Some databases are accessible, which include:

  • Early Families
  • The First and Second Provincial Congress
  • Heads of Families in the 1790 Census
  • Justices of the Peace 1776
  • State Senate 1776-1865

Indexes of members of the House of Representatives 1790-1864 and State Senate 1776-1865 are also accessible, which include:

  • St. John's, Berkeley
  • St. James, Santee
  • St. Stephen's
  • St. Thomas and St. Denis
  • St. James, Goose Creek

A Mailing List, hosted by Rootsweb, is also accessible.


Central Heritage Society

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate: 

  • 1868 Voter Registration for Oconee and Pickens Counties
  • Cemeteries in Central
  • Cemetery Surveys
  • Census Returns
  • Central Schools to 1955
  • Confederates Soldiers Buried at Mount Zion Cemetery
  • Genealogies
  • Liberty Memorial Gardens
  • Old Pendleton District Chapter Lineage Chart Book
  • Pickens: The Town and the First Baptist Church 1881-1991
  • Tax Lists
  • 'Twin Springs and A Grove of Trees' - 1787-1997 Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Pickens Co.

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