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.


Some of these records have a searchable name index, others have browsable images, a few have both an index and images, and some link to individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.


This list prioritizes indexed collections, but if you can’t find your South Carolina ancestor there, the list includes online image collections which take longer to search, but have a treasure trove of information.


These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search some of these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.




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. 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




South Carolina Modern Helps


Family Search Articles


South Carolina Introduction


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