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Charleston County Resources for Genealogical Research

South Carolina Room at the Charleston County Library
68 Calhoun Street. They have city directories, maps/plats, census records, genealogical materials, vertical files, and newspapers.

Charleston Library Society
164 King Street. America's third oldest library founded in 1748.  General library services with emphasis on South Carolina history and social life. Open Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30, Sat 9:30- 2. 843-723-9912. They have city directores, newspapers, genealogical information, and manuscripts.

South Carolina Historical Society
The Fireproof Building 100 Meeting Street, Charleston.
Established in 1855, the South Carolina Historical Society is dedicated to expanding, preserving, and making accessible their invaluable collection, and to encouraging interest and pride in the rich history of our state. Their archives are searchable online. In January 2015 their entire collection was moved to the College of Charleston's Addlestone Library on Calhoun Street.

The College of Charleston's Avery Research Center
125 Bull Street. The Avery Research Center was established to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Avery’s archival collections, museum exhibitions, and public programming reflect these diverse populations as well as the wider African Diaspora. The Avery Research Center is located in the historic Harleston Village.

Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
1519 Sam Rittenburg Blvd., Charleston. (843) 766-6017
The Center has a library of genealogical material as well as access to the microfilm records of the LDS church that can be ordered for temporary loan. They regularly host genealogical classes and workshops.

Register of Mesne Conveyance (RMC)
O.T. Wallace County Office Building, 101 Meeting St., Room 201, Charleston, SC 29401. (843) 958-4800
The RMC has records of deeds and land plats for Charleston County dating from 1719. Many are on-line.

Preservation Society of Charleston
147 King Street. They have files on city properties, Carolopolis award nominations, photographs, and slides.

Historic Charleston Foundation
40 East Street. Call for appointment (843) 724-3646. They have street/building files, plats, maps, and photographs.

The Village Museum in McClellanville
401 Pinckney Street, McClellanville.
Acclaimed as one of the finest small town museums in the state, the Village Museum opened in April 1999. Exhibits demonstrate a time line of history beginning with villages of the Seewee Indians and the settlement at Jamestown, S.C. by the French Huguenots, through the rice planting on the great Santee plantations, to the establishment of the town of McClellanville as a coastal resort. Their Family History Room has abundant information for genealogists researching families in St. James-Santee Parish and the surrounding areas.

Tax Records Office
101 Meeting Street, Suite 240.

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas
Judicial Center, 100 Broad St., Suite 106, Charleston SC 29401
(843) 958-5000
Records of civil action from 1856 to date.

Probate Court Judge of Probate, Commitment Division/Guardianship
Judicial Center, 100 Broad St., Suite 469, Charleston SC 29401
(843) 958-51800
Guardianship and Committee records.

Probate Court Probate Court - Estate Division
Historic Courthouse, 84 Broad St., 3rd Floor, Charleston SC 29401
(843) 958-5030
Wills from 1869 to date.

Probate Court Probate Court - Marriage License Division
Judicial Center, 100 Broad St., Suite 469, Charleston SC 29401
(843) 958-5183
Marriage records from late 1800s to date.

Charleston County GenWeb
The site is currently under construction, but should be back in operation soon.

Tri-county Genealogy
Genealogical information for Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties.

Genealogy Trails
Genealogical information for Charleston County.

Charleston County Queries

Charlestown Parish Queries

Charleston County Queries

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
This volunteer effort provides detailed ships' manifests of immigrants. Volumes 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 list ships that arrived in Charleston.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - South Carolina Volunteers
Several individuals have volunteered to do look-ups and research at a number of Charleston County sites at little or no cost.

Gullah Roots
Gullah Roots is the collective term for family history projects of Wevonneda Minis, Charleston Chapter officer and the author of Kinship, a weekly genealogy column in the Charleston Post and Courier.

South Carolina Resources for Genealogical Research

SC State Archives 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223 (803-896-6100)

The main page to link to state-wide information. Part of the USGenWeb Project, a non-profit organization.

South Carolina GenWeb Archives
Downloaded information from coordinators including Ship List, Cemeteries, Census Records and lots more.

SC Magazine of Ancestral Research
List of Publications available for purchase.

Palmetto Genealogy Association
The intent of the group to provide a different way for a genealogy group to conduct research, share, communicate and deliver information for all.

Books by ABP Abstracts
Books about South Carolina Marriages by Barbara R. Langdon.
Books about South Carolina Deeds and Plats.

Web Sites for General County and State Information

City of Charleston

SC College and University Libraries. SC Technical College, Library Association and Public Library lists also available.

On-line Sites for Genealogical Research Instruction

The Greenville Chapter of the SC Genealogical Society has collected a list of Research Sites with Instructional Material.

Our own Charlie Black has compiled a page of his favorite web sites.

The War Between the States (aka The Civil War)

South Carolina in the Civil War.

Civil War at Charleston

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System NPS and partner organizations are actively computerizing information on Civil War Servicemen for your use.

Charleston Race Course Prison Dead, SC Union Civil War POW buried at the Charleston Race Course Cemetery and later re-interred at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

South Carolina State Map of Battles of War Between the States

United States Colored Troops - Civil War

Researching African-American Genealogy

African American Genealogy
Major internet source for African American genealogical researchers, with mailing list, archives, newsletter, surname registry, and Slave Data project.

Avery Research Center for African-American History. 125 Bull Street. Their collection specializes in African-American history, families, and culture. They have manuscripts, books, archival materials, and vertical files.

Lowcountry Africana, sponsored by the Magnolia Plantation Foundation of Charleston, South Carolina, is entirely dedicated to records that document the family and cultural heritage of African Americans in the historic rice-growing areas of South Carolina, Georgia, and extreme northeastern Florida, an area that scholars and preservationists have identified as a distinct culture area, home to the rich Gullah/Geechee culture.

Suggested Genealogical Reference Books

Hidden Sources by Laura Szucs Pfeiffer, 2000, MyFamily.com, Ogden UT.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Genealogy – 2nd Edition by Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls

Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasures by Christine Rose

Military Service Records at the National Archives – Reference Information Paper 109

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom

Evidence! Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace by Elizabeth Shown Mills

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