South Carolina Family History

This section lists associations from Lexington to Pee Dee giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Lexington Genealogical Association

The association publishes The Lexington Genealogical Exchange, its quarterly newsletter and an Index to this publication is on their site.

Numerous publications can be purchased from the society, which incorporate:

  • 1850 Census Edgefield District, Orangeburg District and Richland Co.
  • Buffs and Millers Along the Saluda
  • Cemeteries
  • Kaminers of South Carolina
  • Lineage Charts
  • Pictorial History of Lexington Co.
  • Remembering Lexington - Good Stewards in a New Land

Newberry County Genealogical Society

An extensive collection of archives are accessible in Newberry County Library, including:

  • Agricultural Censuses
  • Census Population Schedules
  • Court of Common Pleas - Pleadings and Judgement Books
  • Deeds
  • Mortality Schedules
  • Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Saxe-Gotha and Dutch Fork Pioneers and their Descendants
  • Will Transcripts 1782-1868

Newberry Co. Courthouse holds Guardianship Papers and Real Estate Files on Microfilm and Books of Marriages starting in 1911.

Many publications are available from Brent H Holcomb and SCMAR(South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research), which incorporate:

  • Census Indexes
  • Church Registers
  • Court Documents
  • Deed Abstracts
  • Family Histories
  • Index to South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
  • Land Petitions
  • Marriage and Death Notices in Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • South Carolina's Royal Grants
  • South Carolina's State Grants
  • Will Abstracts

Publications are also available through the association, which include:

  • Newspaper Abstracts 1858-1877
  • Back Issues of Old Newberry District Quarterlies
  • Deeds 1785-1840
  • Early Land Grants and Landowners(A list of Land Grants is available through the site)
  • Equity Records 1845-1865
  • Family Histories
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Naturalisations of the Federal Courts of South Carolina 1790-1906
  • Real Estate Records 1825-1949
  • Setzlers of the Dutch Fork
  • Washington District Equity Records 1816-1843
  • Wills

Pee Dee Genealogical Society

Numerous archives are accessible in Marion County Archives and History Centre, which include Probate Rolls 1800-c1920, Will Books 1800-1914, Deeds 1800-1906, Plat Books, Books, Family Group Sheets, Charts, Newsletters and Maps. 

Early volumes of the South Carolina Law Reports which incorporate Supreme Court and Appeals Court Cases from Marion and surrounding Counties are accessible.

Other documents are also available, including Abstracts of Records from Marion and the adjoining Counties of Williamsburg, Marlboro, Florence and Darlington. 

Abstracts of Records from Bladen, Columbus and Robeson Counties can also be accessed.  Documents also include WPA SC Tombstone Inscriptions and an Index to SC Death Certificates.

Resources held by the association also incorporate:

  • Clifford R Crawford Collection(His Research on the Crawfords)
  • Clyde L Haselden Collection(Charts and Data collected on the Allen, Haselden and Roberts Families)
  • Gretchen Rowell Clarks Research Files(Includes Correspondence with Other Researchers, Bible Records and Copies of Original Documents including Wills, Deeds, Plats and Land Grants)
  • Haywood A Stanley Collection
  • Newsletters
  • Periodicals
  • The Phyllis Britton Canady Collection(Details of her work on the Brittons of Britton's Neck)

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • 1790 Census Georgetown District
  • 1800-1810 and 1830 Census Returns for Marion District
  • 1870 Census Marion Co.
  • Abstracts of Conveyances for Marlborough Co. 1786-1799 and Marlborough District 1802-1808
  • Genealogies
  • Index of Names from Issues of Pee Dee Queue', their Publication
  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • One Hundred and One Cemeteries in Marion Co.
  • Writings of Philip Yancey Bethea of Marion

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