This is a list of free South Carolina Genealogy Records at FamilySearch.


Included are South Carolina birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, freedmen records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more South Carolina collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.


These collections are all free to search. Due to contractual obligations, you’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to view some of these records.  If you follow the link and find the record is locked, login to FamilySearch on your computer and this may unlock the collection.





How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take you straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here”

  3. If there is a key icon FamilySearch key icon over camera icon above the camera, this collection may be digitized and online, but you will either have to be signed in to your account at FamilySearch or they may need to be viewed at your local family history center or affiliate library. Find the nearest viewing center near you.

  4. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.










Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

South Carolina Birth, Marriage, & Death Records


Birth Records



Images only


Marriage Records


Death Records






Wills & Probate





Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

South Carolina Residence Records






Land & Property


Maps, Almanacs, & Gazetteers


Naturalization & Citizenship






Slavery – also see Slavery & Bondage below






Workhouses/Poorhouses/Soldier Homes







Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

South Carolina Daily Life Records


Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks


Bible Records






Church Records


Church History




Court Records


Description & Travel


Employment Records


Employers, Businesses, Commerce


Ethnic Records

African American Records


Japanese American Records


Native American Records








Government & Politics


Historical Geography




History – Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775


History – 1775-1865


History – Revolution, 1775-1783


History – 1865-1900


History – 19th century


Libraries, Museums, & Archives




Public Records


Slavery & Bondage







Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

South Carolina Military Records



Colonial Period, ca. 1600-1775


French & Indian War, 1755-1763


Revolutionary War

War of 1812


Mexican-American War


US Civil War


Indian Wars


World War I


World War II


Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions





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