History: South Carolina was first settled in 1663 and became a state in 1788. It was part of the Confederate states during the Civil War from 1861 to 1865. Before 1868 South Carolina was divided into districts and in 1868 the districts changed to counties.
Marriage records: Statewide registration of marriages in South Carolina began in 1915. A few cities have earlier marriage records. Marriage records are kept by the county probate judges. Marriage records from 1950 to the present can be obtained from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control .
Divorce records: Divorce was illegal in South Carolina until 1949.
Census records: The first federal census available for South Carolina is 1790. There are federal censuses publicly available for 1790, 1800 (partial), 1810, 1820 (partial), 1830 (partial), 1840 (partial), 1850 (partial), 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, and 1950.
County records: Court, land, probate, naturalization, and tax records were kept by the individual counties.
Other records: The city pages on this site can help you to locate newspapers, records kept by churches, cemeteries, histories, school, city directories, and other records. Records specific to minority groups can be found in the Minority Records section.
All records: Use the links on this site to locate online indexes and images of many of the above records.