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South Carolina Obituary Resources

Please note: Participation in this project has been strictly voluntary. Not every county is represented. We have chosen to omit references to commercial database services that may be available through Library subscriptions at the individual public libraries. Please address your questions regarding availability of subscription database services at a specific library to that library.

Thank you to all the public libraries who have joined in this endeavor to provide a clearinghouse of contact information regarding the availability and fees associated with obituary services throughout our state. Information compiled by staff of the Beaufort County Library and Richland County Public Library, in collaboration with the South Carolina State Library.

ABBE Regional Library System (Aiken, Barnwell, Bamberg, Edgefield)
Newspapers indexed:

Aiken

Aiken: Aiken, SC Newspapers on microfilm at ACPL (Revised)
(No newspapers are available for the year of 1872.)

  • Aiken Tribune – November 25, 1871; January 4 – Dec. 27, 1873; July 11, 1874.
  • Aiken Journal – February 21, 1874 – October 31, 1874.
  • Aiken Journal changes to Courier-Journal beginning November 7, 1874.
  • Courier-Journal – November 7, 1874 – June 14, 1877; October 11, 1877 – February 14, 1878.
  • Aiken Journal and Review – January 7, 1885 – November 11, 1885.
  • Journal and Review – November 18, 1885 – January 18, 1888.
  • Journal and Review Trade Issue – October 9, 1889.
  • Aiken Recorder – These dates available for 1892: 4/29, 6/10, 7/8, 7/15, & 7/22; Scattered issues for 1892, 1895, 1899, 1906 and 1907.
  • Journal and Review – January 20, 1892 – January 27, 1926 (part). (1894 and 1895 missing; 1903 missing; fragment available for front page on 2/5/1919—inside paper dated 1/29//1919); (Masthead moves around between Aiken Journal and Review and Journal and Review between 1902 and 1910 for 1902, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1909, and 1910—frontpage entitled one or the other with subsequent pages on same date(s) labeled Journal and Review; fragments/damaged pages on the reel between 3/31/1897 through 9/9/1904.)
  • Aiken Journal and Review – January 27, 1926 – November 13, 1935 (9/19/1934 through March 6, 1935 on earlier reel combined with Aiken Sentinel 1910 and Aiken Standard 1917-1921); (coverage also available out-of-sequence for 1/24/34, 2/21/34, 2/28/34 plus 2/6/35, 2/13/35, and 3/6/35 through 11/13/35).
  • Aiken Sentinel – March 11, 1910 through May 6, 1910. (On one reel that also contains Aiken Standard 10/1917 – 1921 as well as Journal and Review 9/19/1934 through 3/6/1935 inspite of difference in years.)
  • Aiken Standard – November 13, 1921 through March 16, 1928 (part)--Dates on this reel run chronologically backward—a couple of January 1924 dates out of sequence between 1925 and 1926!; March 16, 1928 through August 29, 1930.
  • Aiken Standard and SC Gazette – October 3, 1930 – February 13, 1931; March 6, 1931 – December 1934; and scattered issues 3/30/1935, 4/5/1935, & 11/15/1935.
  • Aiken Standard and Review – November 22, 1935 through December 31, 1969.
  • Aiken County Journal – September 24, 1969 through October 30, 1969.
  • Aiken Standard – January 1, 1970 – current.
  • Aiken County Register – November 18, 1983 – April 19, 1984.
Available newspapers not indexed:
  • ALLENDALE COUNTY CITIZEN 1930; 1932; 1938 with ANDERSON PEOPLES ADVOCATE on the same reel for Jan. 4, 1892 through Sept. 27, 1897; Also, we have
  • THE EDGEFIELD ADVERTISER June 17, 1857- Dec. 18, 1873; April 9, 1874 - Dec. 31, 1885; & Oct. 19, 1893 - Aug. 28, 1895. A miscellaneous note here is that we have one reel of microfilm for an index to THE STATE NEWSPAPER from 1892-1912, but we do not have the newspaper itself on film.
  • THE BARNWELL PEOPLE SENTINEL, January 1877 - December 2011. Available at Barnwell Public Library
In-house indexes:
  • Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, comp. AIKEN COUNTY CEMETERIES, VOLS. I - V. Aiken, S. C.: Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, 1989 - 2006. (R929.5 AIK - Aiken library)
  • _______________. BARNWELL COUNTY CEMETERIES, VOL. ONE, VOL. TWO, VOL. THREE: INCLUDING ALLENDALE AND BAMBERG. Aiken, S.C.: Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, 1999-2007. (R929.5 BAR - Aiken and Barnwell libraries)
  • _______________. BETHANY AND SONS OF ISRAEL CEMETERIES. Aiken, S.C.: Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, 1995. (R929.5 BET - Aiken library)
  • _______________. GRANITEVILLE CEMETERY 2001: GRANITEVILLE, AIKEN COUNTY, S. C. Aiken, S.C.: Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society, 2001. (R929.5 GRA - Aiken library)
  • Corley, William Ansel. EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S. C. CEMETERIES. Edgefield, S. C.: Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, 1997. (R929.5 EDG - Edgefield library)
  • Hanson, Glen T., et al, eds. THE CEMETERIES OF SAVANNAH RIVER SITE: AN INVENTORY OF RELOCATED AND REMNANT CEMETERIES. South Carolina: Savannah River Plant Archaeological Research Program, Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1981. (R929.3 CEM - Edgefield library)
  • _______________. THE CEMETERIES OF SAVANNAH RIVER SITE: AN INVENTORY OF RELOCATED AND REMNANT CEMETERIES. 2 VOLS. South Carolina: Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, 1992. (R929.5 CEM - Aiken library)
  • Langdon, Barbara R. BARNWELL COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1764-1859 IMPLIED IN BARNWELL COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA DEEDS. Barnwell, S. C.: Langdon & Langdon Genealogical Research, 1989. (R929 LAN - Aiken, Barnwell, & Blackville libraries)
  • _______________, & Langdon, Shirley R. BARNWELL COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1775-1879 IMPLIED IN BARNWELL COUNTY, S. C. PROBATE AND EQUITY RECORDS. Aiken, S. C.: Barbara R. Langdon, 1984. (R929.1 LAN - Aiken, Barnwell, & Blackville libraries)
  • _______________. EDGEFIELD COUNTY MARRIAGES, 1769-1880 IMPLIED IN EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S. C. PROBATE RECORDS. Barnwell, S.C. : Langdon & Langdon Genealogical Research, 1990. (R929 LAN - Aiken library)
  • Manning, William Harris. MANNING GENEALOGICAL MANUSCRIPTS [microfilm]. [6 reels]. N.P., N.D. (R929.2 MAN - Aiken & Barnwell libraries) (Manning family genealogical records for Barnwell County, SC)
  • McClendon, Carlee T. EDGEFIELD DEATH NOTICES AND CEMETERY RECORDS. Columbia, SC: Hive Press, 1977. (R929 EDG -Aiken library & R929.3 MCL - Edgefield library)
  • _______________. EDGEFIELD MARRIAGE RECORDS. Columbia, SC: R. L. Bryan Company, 1970. (R929.3M - Aiken & Edgefield libraries)
  • Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, comp. EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S. C. AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERIES, VOL. 1. Edgefield, S. C.: Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, 2002. (R929.5 EDG - Edgefield library)
  • _______________. EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S. C. CEMETERIES, VOL. II. Edgefield, SC: 1999. (R929.5 EDG - Aiken library and Edgefield library)
  • _______________. EDGEFIELD COUNTY, S. C. CEMETERIES, VOL. III., VOL. IV. Edgefield, SC: 2000 (R929.5 EDG - Edgefield library)
  • Price, Dee Ann L., comp. BARNWELL COUNTY MARRIAGES: EARLY TO 1911. Kennewick, WA: Dee Ann L. Price, 1992. (R929 BAR - Aiken library)
  • Works Projects Administration. CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS, AIKEN COUNTY. Columbia, S. C.: Works Projects Administration, 1940. (R929.5 CEM - Aiken library)
Special instructions:

ABBE can send full-text responses to requests by U. S. mail, email, or fax, depending on the clarity, complexity, length and copyright of the full-text. Instructions are not available online; requests are handled on a case-by-case basis and can be received by U. S. mail, phone, email, or fax.

Photocopies are 20 cents per page for black-and-white copies and 50 cents per page for color copies.

Online database services: In-house access to the Aiken Standard (1877-present). Available at all branches

Contact Information:

There are two genealogy groups that serve our geographic area:

The Aiken-Barnwell Genealogical Society has a website, email address, and mailing address. The website is www.aikenbarnwellgenealogy.net, the email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the mailing address is: P. O. Box 415, Aiken, SC 29802

The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society has a website, email address, mailing address, and telephone. The website is www.oedgs.org, the email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and the mailing address is: P. O. Box 546, Edgefield, SC 29824, Telephone 803-637-4010.

Library website: www.abbe-lib.org

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Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library System
Newspaper Holdings (by library location):
  • Allendale Library Location: Citizen Leader (and all other names for this publication) 1947 - 2004; Allendale Library also has partial grave listings done by church members. The microfilm reader does not print, but researchers may take the film to be copied at nearby University of South Carolina Salkehatchie.
  • Hampton Library Location: Odd issues of several papers before the Guardian in 1914; holdings of the Guardian complete through 2004. Hampton Library has a state of the art reader/printer.
  • Pratt Memorial Library (Ridgeland, Jasper County): Odd issues of older papers until 1964; The Jasper News and Sun 1964 - 2003. Hardeeville Times 1994-2003 and a microfilm reader/printer. (Hardeeville Library has the same newspapers but no microfilm reader/printer at this time).

For other genealogical resources, contact the historical societies of each county within the library's service area:

  • Allendale County Historical Society
    PO Box 545
    Allendale, SC 29810-0545
    E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Telephone: (803) 584-0899
    Website: http://sciway3.net/clark/allendale/histsoc.html
  • Hampton County Historical Society
    PO Box 152
    Hampton, SC 29924
  • Jasper County Historical Society
    PO Box 2111
    Ridgeland, SC 29936-2111
    E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
    Telephone: (843) 726-8136
    Fax: (843) 726-4401

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Anderson County Library
Newspapers Indexed:

The following abstracted newspapers available on microfilm:

  • Miller’s Weekly Messenger and Pendleton Messenger(film dates: 1807-1851) which was indexed by Brent Holcomb in Marriage and death notices from Pendleton (S.C.) Messenger, 1807-1851.
  • Anderson Intelligencer (film dates: 1860-1900) which was indexed by James Harper in The Anderson Intelligencer (abstracts are from July 1882-Dec. 1900).
  • Works in progress: World War II KIA obituaries. The deaths were taken from the Anderson Independent and cover the period Dec. 1941-June 1945.
Special instructions:

Anyone who wishes more information regarding our obituary search policy may go to our web page at http://www.andersonlibrary.org/scroom.htm or contact Laura Holden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Beaufort County Library

Link: Online newspaper index

Geographic Area: Old Beaufort District (Current-day Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties). 1862-1984, November 2007--actively updated.

Newspapers Indexed:
  • Beaufort Catalyst (May 22, 1993 - December 31, 1995)
  • Beaufort Gazette (July 16, 1903 - present)
  • Beaufort Today (November 2007 - present)
  • Bluffton Packet (January 1994 - December 1995)
  • Bluffton Today (November 2007 - present)
  • Beaufort Republican (October 12, 1871 - October 16, 1873)
  • Beaufort Times (June 21, 1944 - December 20, 1945)
  • County Democrat (July 20, 1910 - December 1, 1911)
  • Hilton Head News (January - December 1993; January - December 1996)
  • Hilton Head Report (January 1986 - March 1988)
  • Hilton Head Sun (February 1988 - May 1989)
  • Hilton Head Today (November 2007 - present)
  • Island Packet (January 1974 - present)
  • Lowcountry Ledger (December 1988 - December 1991)
  • Palmetto Herald (March 17, 1864 - December 29, 1864)
  • Palmetto Post (January 5, 1882 - December 27, 1906)
  • Port Royal Commercial and Beaufort County Republican (October 23, 1873 - April 1874)
  • Sea Islander (September 13, 1968 - December 1974)

NOTE: For newspapers with date ranges "to present," check the obituary page for current progress of indexing project.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Library Website: www.beaufortcountylibrary.org

Information Last Revised: 7/10/08

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Charleston County Public Library

Link: Post and Courier 1988-present obituary index

Geographical Area: Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties

In-house indexes: Death Indexes: Charleston Death Card File - alphabetical by name card file index of primarily Charleston City Deaths 1819-1926

Bound printouts of computer database of Charleston City Deaths 1819-1868 - arranged by name, cause of death, and place of internment

Newspapers Indexed: The Post and Courier for the years 1988 to present.

Text of the Obituaries Available Online? No

Available newspapers not indexed:
  • Not-indexed local newspapers on microfilm at Main Library
  • The Gazette Jan. 8, 1731-Sept. 28, 1782
  • Charleston Morning Post Jan. 18, 1786-Oct. 17, 1787
  • City Gazette Nov. 6,1787-Dec. 31, 1795
  • (Charleston) Times Oct. 6, 1800-July 24, 1821
  • Charleston Courier Jan. 10, 1803-June 30, 1852
  • L'Oracle, Francais-American Jan. 1, 1807-Dec. 8, 1807
  • Southern Patriot Jan. 22, 1818-Dec. 31, 1846
  • Charleston Daily Courier July 1, 1852-April 5, 1873
  • Charleston Mercury Jan. 1, 1852-Nov. 16, 1868
  • Deutsche Zeitung Oct. 4, 1853-Dec. 29, 1917
  • Charleston Daily News Sept. 8, 1866-April 5, 1873
  • Charleston News Jan. 1, 1873-April 5, 1873
  • News and Courier April 6, 1873-Sept. 30, 1991
  • World and Sunday Budget April 9, 1881-Oct. 7, 1891
  • Charleston American Aug. 25, 1916-Sept 29, 1923 (incomplete)
  • Charleston Evening Post Oct. 10, 1924-Sept. 30, 1991
  • Post and Courier Oct. 1, 1991 - to date

Online database services: Genealogy related databases: Ancestry Library Edition - in library use only, HeritageQuest - in library and remote access for Charleston County Library card holders, America's Historic Newspaper - in library and remote access for Charleston County Library card holders.

Special Instructions:

Send requests by email or mail. Email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Mail address is South Carolina Room, Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. For non-Charleston County residents there is a $5 service fee plus 50 cents a page for copies. An invoice will be provided with answered requests.

The obituaries may be viewed on microfilm available in the Periodicals Department of the Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street. in Charleston.

Library website: http://www.ccpl.org

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Cherokee County Library

Geographical Area: Cherokee County, some coverage of Spartanburg County

  • In-house indexes only: Four books,with information concerning deaths and obituaries from the Gaffney Ledger from 1894-1915, compiled by Eddie Lee Gorski.
  • Online Indexes: the Gaffney Ledger's 2001-2004 obituary archive and GoUpstate, indexing recent and older obituaries in the Spartanburg Herald and Journal newspapers.
Other available newspapers:
  • The Gaffney Ledger (microfilm) – February 1894 – September 2011
  • The Gaffney Ledger (hard copies) October 2011 – August 2012
  • The Cherokee Chronicle (hard copies) 2007 – 2012
  • The Blacksburg Times (hard copies) 2007 – 2012

Text of the Obituaries Available Online? No

Online database services: HeritageQuest-remote access with county library card; Ancestry Library Edition-in house only.

Cherokee County Library website

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Clarendon County Library

Geographical Area: Manning and Clarendon County

Newspapers Indexed (only available at the Clarendon County Archive):
  • Manning Times Obituary indexing is available from 1997-present.
  • Microfilm for the Manning Times is available from 1885-present.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special Instructions: Patrons are referred to the Clarendon County Archive for the Manning Times and the obituary indexes.

Additional Resource: Clarendon County Archives and History Center

Library website: www.clarendoncountylibrary.com/

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Colleton County Memorial Library

Link: Online newspaper index

Geographical Area: Colleton County

Newspapers Indexed: The Press and Standard (*1873-present), with deaths, funerals, anniversaries, births, birthdays, class reunions, engagements, "In Memory" notices, marriages, military service, retirements, graduations and other events. (*limited issues available up until 1906)

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

For e-mail enquiries, contact Colleton County Memorial Library's Reference Librarian, James Gahagan. His email is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please contact him regarding the fee schedule.

Compiler & publisher of the indexed newspaper information for Colleton County is Larry Ulmer. His email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

You may view the microfilm of the above newspaper at the Colleton County Memorial Library, Walterboro, SC or at the South Caroliniana Library on the campus of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Library website:www.colletonlibrary.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Dillon County Library

Link: Online newspaper index

Geographical Area: Dillon County

Newspapers Indexed:The Dillon Herald (1904-1939).

For obituaries after 1939, Dillon County Library has a project with permission from The Dillon Herald to extract only primary information at Helen's Little Corner (http://helenslittlecorner.net). There you can request, for a fee, lookup and copy of individual obituaries from microfilm of the newpaper issues.

Description: The index references Early Obituaries from The Dillon Herald, notebook volumes available in the Dillon County Library's Genealogy Library.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special instructions: You can find archives of The Dillon Herald in our Genealogy Section.

Library website: http://www.dillon.lib.sc.us/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Fairfield County Library

Geographical Area: Fairfield County

Newspapers on Microfilm: Local newspapers from 1866-present. Not indexed.

Cemetery records:

  • Fairfield County Cemeteries, Volume I: Church Cemeteries in the Western Section of the County
  • Fairfield County Cemeteries, Volume II: Church Cemeteries in the Eastern Section of the County
  • Fairfield County Cemeteries, Volume III: Cemeteries located in Winnsboro, South Carolina
  • Fairfield County Cemeteries, Volume IV: Cemeteries in Adjacent Counties
  • Fairfield County Cemeteries: Family and Abandoned Cemeteries
  • Fairfield County African American Obituaries. 13 volumes arranged alphabetically by name and cross-referenced from the cemetery book listed below. Includes photocopies of funeral programs.
  • Fairfield County African American Cemeteries. 2 volumes arranged alphabetically by church. No comprehensive indexes by name, but the listings are cross-referenced to the obituary books above.

Book available: Death Notices Listed in the Fairfield Herald and the News and Herald by Jonathon E. Davis (Covers Fairfield Herald from July 4, 1866 to September 6, 1876 and News and Herald from October 19, 1876 to February 24, 1916).

Special Instructions: Contact by telephone or email: Sarah McMaster, (803) 635-4971 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Library Website: www.fairfield.lib.sc.us

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Florence County Library

Geographical Area: Florence County (and areas mentioned below)

The indexed materials must be used within the South Carolina Room. These include:

  • Funeral home records from the 1970s (does not include African-American records)
  • Various cemetery records
  • NewspaperARCHIVE.com, with full articles from Florence newspapers (1924-1977), selected South Carolina newspapers, and 2,700 newspapers worldwide.
  • Microfilms of Florence County newspapers from Florence (1874-present), Lake City (1950-1967, 1972-2003) and Timmonsville (miscellaneous issues from 1895-1968).
  • Microfilms of South Carolina newspapers from other counties, including Kingstree (1897-1975), Darlington (1851-1944), Manning (Clarendon County, miscellaneous issues from around 1860-1880).

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special instructions: For more information regarding the South Carolina Room materials, phone (843) 413-7073 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Library website: www.florencelibrary.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Georgetown County Library

Geographical Area: Georgetown area

In-house indexes only: Obituary indexes covering 1937-1988.

Text of the Obituaries Available Online? No

Special Instructions: Contact telephone number is (843) 545-3388.

Library website: http://georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Greenville County Library System

Geographical area: Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina

For copies of obituaries follow this link: http://www.greenvillelibrary.org/index.php/Obituary-Index.html

Fill out the form and send with payment to the address on the form.

Library website: http://www.greenvillelibrary.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Greenwood County Library

Link: Online newspaper obituary index

Geographical Area: Greenwood County

Newspapers Indexed:
  • Greenwood Journal (Sep 12, 1895 to Apr 12, 1917)
  • Greenwood Index (Mar 7, 1901 to Feb 5, 1919)
  • Greenwood Index-Journal (Feb 6, 1919 to present)

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special instructions: Years available for searching here are indicated by an underlined link. Click on a year, and scroll down the page--the files are in alphabetical order by last name. On larger files, you can use the "find" function of your Internet browser to search by last name. Information can include the person's full name as given, age, dateline of the obituary, spouse(s) or other kin, and the dates of the issue(s) in which the information appears.

Microfilm List
  • Newspapers

    Basically we have the Greenwood Index-Journal from 1895 ? present, but this is the breakdown by title:

    • Greenwood Journal: September 12, 1895 ? July 29, 1897, 1901- 1905, 1907- 1918, no 1906
    • Greenwood Index: November 11, 1897 ? 1905, 1907 ? 1918, no 1906
    • Greenwood Index & Journal: 1919-1928
    • Greenwood Index-Journal: 1929 ? present

    We also have:

    • Greenwood Light: 1885-1886
    • Greenwood Tribune: 1886-1888
    • Greenwood Times: 1889
    • Abbeville Press and Banner: 1846-1903
    • Edgefield Advertiser: October 15, 1856 ? April 22, 1868
    • McCormick Advance: 1886 -1887
    • McCormick News: 1892
    • Ninety Six Guardian: 1878 ? 1889
    • Ninety Six Star: 1906
    • Psalm Singer: 1886
    • Saluda Argus: 1884
  • Churches
    • Broadmouth Baptist Church: 1837 ? 1966
    • Siloam Baptist Church: 1834 ? 1876
    • Turkey Creek Baptist Church: 1785 ? 1909
  • Census Records
    • Federal census - South Carolina (by county): 1790 ? 1930
    • Soundex records - South Carolina: 1930
    • Federal census - Maryland: 1840, Roll 169, Prince Georges and Queen Anne?s Counties
    • Federal census - Maryland: 1850, Roll 295, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties
    • Federal census - Maryland: 1870, Roll 592, Prince Georges County
    • Slave schedules - South Carolina: 1850, 1860
    • South Carolina state population census, 1829: Fairfield and Laurens Districts
    • South Carolina state population census, 1839: Beaufort, Chesterfield, Kershaw, and Lexington Districts
    • South Carolina state population census, 1869: Abbeville ? York
    • South Carolina state population census, 1875: Fairfield County (Townships 8-13)
    • South Carolina state agriculture census, 1868: Abbeville ? York
    • South Carolina state agriculture census, 1875: Aiken - Sumter
  • Other
    • Lists of the Court Records of the Virginia Counties on Microfilm in the Archives Division of the Virginia State Library [hand printed title page, no date, no source given]
    • Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783: South Carolina, ?1-1 thru 12?; Continental Troops, ?1 thru 16-2?
    • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps: Greenwood; Abbeville

Library website: http://www2.youseemore.com/greenwood/directory.asp

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Horry County Memorial Library

Geographical Area: Horry County

Resources (In-house only:)

  • Obituary indexes from 1861 - 1940 in print.
  • Local newspapers indexed: Horry Dispatch, Conway Telephone and Horry Herald, 1861- 1917 in print. Indexing of local newspapers is an ongoing project.

Special instructions: Please send information requests to:
Aliyyah Willis, Librarian
Horry County Memorial Library
801 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526

Request a microfilm obituary search by sending the name of deceased, and the month and year of death. If found, obituaries are usually scanned and sent via e-mail, or they can be snail-mailed or faxed. There is currently no charge for this service.

Telephone: (843) 915-7431
Fax: (843) 488-4331
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Library website: www.horry.lib.sc.us

Information last revised: 7/30/12

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Kershaw County: Camden Archives and Museum

Link: Obituary obituary Indexes

Geographical Area: Kershaw County

Description: Camden Archives and Museum has an extensive obituary collection on people of Kershaw County, South Carolina. This index is for the obituaries on file from local newspapers and does not include obituaries from other of the numerous collections at the Archives and Museum.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Organization website: www.camdenarchives.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Lancaster County Library

Geographical Area: Lancaster County with some coverage of surrounding counties: Chester, York, Kershaw, Chesterfield and Union County, N.C.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No online obituaries available and no in-house indexes.

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Library website: http://www.lanclib.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Laurens County Library

Geographic Area: Collection covers South Carolina with special emphasis on Laurens County including the cities of Laurens and Clinton.

Special Instructions:

Contact person for local history and genealogy information is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Laurens County Public Library at 864-681-7323.

Online database services: In-house access to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Also remote access to HeritageQuest with alibrary card number input.

Library website: www.lcpl.org

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Lexington County Public Library
Newspapers Indexed:
  • The State Newspaper Obituary Index 1960 (SC REF 929.3747 STA)
  • The State Newspaper Obituary Index 1961 (SC REF 929.3747 STA)
  • The Lexington Dispatch (1870-1917) and the Lexington News (1915-1917) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1870-1917]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1917-1931) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1917-1931]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1932-1944) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1932-1944]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1962-1969) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1962-1969]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1970-1974) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1970-1974]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1975-1979) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1975-1979]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1980-1982) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1980-1982]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1983-1984) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1983-1984]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1985-1986) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1985-1986]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1987-1988) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1987-1988]
  • The Lexington Dispatch-News (1989-1990) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1989-1990]
  • The Dispatch-News (1991-1992) and The Lexington County Chronicle (October 7 – December 30, 1992) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1991-1992]
  • The Dispatch-News (1993) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1993) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1993]
  • The Dispatch-News (1994) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1994) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1994]
  • The Dispatch-News (1995) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1995) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1995]
  • The Dispatch-News (1995) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1996) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1996]
  • The Dispatch-News (1995) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1997) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1997]
  • The Dispatch-News (1995) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1998) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1998]
  • The Dispatch-News (1995) and The Lexington County Chronicle (1999) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 1999]
  • The Dispatch-News (2000-March 28, 2001) and The Lexington County Chronicle (2000-March 29, 2001) Lexington, South Carolina, obituary Index [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2000]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News April 5, 2001-December 26, 2002 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2001-2002]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2003 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2003]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2004 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2004]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2005 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2005]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2006 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2006]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2007 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2007]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2008 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2008]
  • The Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News 2009 [SC REF 929.3757 MER 2009]

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special Instructions: To request information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Have the deceased's name and approximate date of death, and any other information that might be useful. We will make an attempt to find any obituary requested, within reason (please request no more than three records at one time).

Library website: www.lex.lib.sc.us

Online obituary search: http://www.lex.lib.sc.us/obits.asp

Information last revised: 9/18/09

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Marion County Library

Geographical Area: The South Carolina Room collection concentrates on Marion County and the surrounding Pee Dee area, with statewide resources included, particularly as they contain pertinent references to families in our area.

Newspapers Indexed: Marion Star, Mullins Enterprise, and Marion Star and Enterprise (copies on microfilm, not indexed).

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special Instructions: See the South Carolina Room policy at: www.marioncountylibrary.org/policies/southcarolinaroom.html

Library website: www.marioncountylibrary.org

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Marian Wright Edelman Public Library

Geographical Area: Marlboro County

Newspapers Indexed: Marlboro Herald-Advocate (1989-present), deaths only. In house access only.

Special Instructions: You may view the microfilm at the library or in some cases the actual newspaper for information. The Library has the Marlboro Herald-Advocate on microfilm starting in 1951, but it is not indexed. Exact dates are needed for searches. Please call 843-479-5630 or e-mail your requests to Tammy Perkins at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Online database services: In-house access to Ancestry Library Edition.

Marian Wright Edelman Public Library Website

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Newberry County Library System

Geographical area: Newberry County, South Carolina

Newspapers indexed

Special instructions: Full articles can be obtained from the Hal Kohn Memorial Library (1100 Friend Street, Newberry, SC 29108) by sending the abstracted data along with $3 per article and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Online database services: not available

Newberry County Library website

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Oconee County Public Library

Geographical Area: Oconee County

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Resources Available: In-house obituary list for Oconee County.

Contact:
Reference Librarian
Oconee County Public Library
501 W. So. Broad St.
Walhalla, SC 29691
Telephone: (864) 638-4133

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Orangeburg County Library

Geographical Area: Orangeburg County

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Resources Available: The Times and Democrat newspaper on microfilm (No index; a searcher must know an approximate date-- within a week or so -- since the papers are in consecutive order). Small genealogical print collection, but no system of indexing obits.

Although we have our local newspaper, The Times and Democrat, on microfilm there is no subject or name index for obituaries or other information;A searcher must know an approximate date since the papers are in consecutive order. We have a very small genealogical print collection but no system of indexing obits.

Special Instructions: Request microfilm search by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . If the desired information is found, the library can mail it by USPS or fax (803-533-5860). Contact the library for fees structure. Please e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any other questions.

Library website: http://www.orangeburgcounty.org/library/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Pickens County Library System

Geographical Area: Pickens County, limited Oconee and Anderson Counties

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Resources Available on Microfilm:
  • Easley Progress: 1902-1906 & 1921- present
  • Pickens Sentinel: 1873- 1894 & 1903-present
  • People's Journal: (Pickens) 1894-1903
  • Pendleton Messenger: 1829-1851
  • Keowee Courier: 1849-1882
  • Liberty Monitor: 1978-1989 & 1992-2000
  • Messenger/Daily Messenger (Clemson): 1954-present
  • Easley Messenger: 1883-1884
  • Easley Homemaker: 1982-1985

No online indexes available at this time. We are beginning a project to index the Pickens Sentinel.

Print Indexes:
  • Pickens Sentinel 1872-1915
  • People’s Journal 1894-1903
  • Keowee Courier 1849-1851, 1857-1861, 1865-1868

Special Instructions: For requesting obits, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 864-850-7077 extension 102. Have the deceased's name and approximate date of death to within a month, and any other information that might be useful. We will make an attempt to find any obituary requested, within reason. Results sent by mail or e-mail. Contact library for fees.

Library website: http://www.pickens.lib.sc.us

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Richland County Public Library

Link: Online Obituary Index

Geographical Area: South Carolina Midlands area

Newspapers indexed:
  • The State (Columbia, SC)
  • The Columbia Record (Columbia, SC)
  • Palmetto Leader (Columbia, SC)

Database description: This database is a work in progress. Click the link above for updated information on years that have been indexed and for procedures to receive the full text of articles and obituaries.

To request full text of obituaries email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please request no more than three obits at one time).

Library website: www.myrcpl.com

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Spartanburg County Public Libraries

Geographical Area: Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties in South Carolina, and Rutherford and Polk counties in North Carolina

Links:

Newspapers Indexed: Carolina Spartan, Spartanburg Herald and Herald-Journal (1849-1893, 1902-1917, and 1930-1939).

Description: Obituary and Death Index, listing obituaries and death notices, created by staff of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries.

Additional Resources: A brief, early version of the city health department's death records, what we call "Register of Deaths of Spartanburg, Oct. 1, 1895-1896 and 1903-1914" (nothing exists for other dates).

Miscellaneous Death Index:

This is an index to deaths listed in more than a half-dozen Spartanburg newspapers. Only a small number of issues from these newspapers survive. They range from 1844 into the early 1900s, with large gaps in time.

Text of Obituaries Available Online? No.

Special instructions: The alphabetical listings for each year include the person's name as listed in the obituary, age, place of death or residence, spousal information, and date and page on which the obituary appeared.

Library website: http://www.infodepot.org/

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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Union County Library

Geographical Area: Union County

Newspapers Indexed: In house index only - Union County, South Carolina Death Notices from Early Newspapers 1852-1914.

Special instructions: Contact by telephone or email: Bernice Bryson 864-427-7140 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Library website: www.unionlibrary.org

Information last revised: 2/07/08

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