South Carolina Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records

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South Carolina, 
United States
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Location of South Carolina
Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials
Collection years 1822, 1915-1866, 1956
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index for the years 1867 to 1961. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

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Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

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Locality Births and Christenings, 1877-1914 Marriages, 1866-1886; 1911-1950 Deaths and Burials, 1822-1886; 1915-1956
Anderson 0 8,609 0
Barnwell 3,043 22,878 8,878
Beaufort 1,591 413 0
Berkeley 1,079 0 0
Charleston 31,427 6,071 73,693
Darlington 0 21 0
Edgefield 0 0 462
Georgetown 148 48 0
Laurens 0 14,987 0
South Carolina 190 3,502 5,119
Total 37,478 56,529 88,152

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

To search the collection it is helpful to know the following:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The residence of your ancestor
  • The names of other family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Carolina.

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