- Republished from April 15, 2016 & updated Sept 4, 2016
Thanks to Jane and Carol for passing on information about these new links.
The Lexington Public Library obituary index is back online. Here is what they say it includes:
The Lexington Dispatch was founded on September 17, 1870 by Godfrey M. Harman, who served as editor for its entire history. On March 7, 1917, it merged with The Lexington News (which was published from May 26, 1915 to February 28, 1917) to form the Lexington Dispatch-News. The newspaper facility burned on April 25, 1894 and again on March 27, 1916. In October, 1992, The Lexington County Chronicle was published October 7, 1992 to March 29, 2001. The Lexington County Chronicle and the Lexington Dispatch News combined into one publication on April 5, 2001.
Much of the first two decades of the paper no longer exists or was in poor condition when microfilmed. Between 1914 and 1917, records for both Lexington Dispatch and the Lexington News are again sketchy with many issues/months missing.
Also, there is a new site that is attempting to get all the SC probate and marriages in one site called South Carolina Probate. It does not include Richland or Lexington County so you will still have to check here for those links. Update: I used the site for a Beaufort County 1923 probate. The site only provided a file number. I called the number listed on the bottom of the page, Icon Software, and asked why there wasn't more info. They said that Beaufort Probate didn't allow more info and I would have to call them. They kindly gave me a contact number and I ordered the probate directly. Unfortunately Beaufort County does not give their historic records to the SC State Archive. Neither do they preserve them. They just sit off site and rot away.
I am toying with the idea of having a separate "SC Court Records" section so maybe look for that soon.
The links to the Lexington Library obit index and South Carolina Probate are listed thataway --->.