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South Carolina Vital Records
A law mandating registration of all births and deaths in South Carolina was signed into law on 1 September 1914. Actual registration began in 1915, and South Carolina achieved 90-percent compliance within a few years. South Carolina had no law requiring marriage licenses or registration until 1911, though many earlier records were recorded on the county level.
For birth and death records in the last fifty years and marriage records from 1 July 1950, write:
South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control, Bureau of Vital Statistics, J. Marion Sims Building, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201-1797

For birth and death records from 1915 to "50 years ago," write:
South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1430 Senate Street, P.O. Box 11669, Capitol Station, Columbia, SC 29211-1669

For marriage records prior to 1950, write to the probate judge of the county in question.

South Carolina Department of Health - Vital Records


South Carolina Research Sources

Holcomb, Brent Howard. A Guide to South Carolina Genealogical Research and Records. Columbia, S.C.: the author, 1986.
Coté, Richard N., comp. Local and Family History in South Carolina: A Bibliography. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1981.
Moore, John Hammond. Research Materials in South Carolina. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1967.

Sourth Carolina Genealogical Society
http://www.scgen.org/

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843)723-3225
http://www.schistory.org/

South Carolina Department of Health - Vital Records
http://www.scdhec.net/vr/

South Carolina State Archives
http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/homepage.htm

South Carolina State Library
http://www.state.sc.us/scsl/

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