Monday, October 30, 2017

South Carolina online resources: an update.

There is lots of info to share with you about new online resources for South Carolina history and genealogy.
1.  Abstract of Voter Registrations Reported to the Military Government, 1868: statewide survey of white and black men conducted by the U.S. Army under the umbrella of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Organized by precinct and then alphabetical by race.  They are not difficult to read but each county has multiple voter precincts. Be sure that you have checked every precinct. Below are existing online and print indexes but the link to the primary resource is above.
 1868 voter registration, Richland County, SC: Online. These abstracts record the name and race of each voter in each precinct. The index has been sorted by both surname and location.
1868 voter registrations, Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort, SC: Online. It looks like only certain precincts were transcribed so please compare to the digitized original resource.

2. Sandlapper: The magazine of the South published from January 1968 to Spring 2012.  In its heyday, the premier magazine promoting South Carolina’s history, nature, and people.  Thanks to the South Carolina State Library, it is now digitized and keyword searchable.

3. South Carolina Birth Certificates: There have been several questions about the availability of the 1916 SC birth certificates.  There is 100 year delay on the release of SC birth certificates to the public.  The 1915 certificates are available online and the 1916 should have been released months ago.  The owner of the records is the South Caroline Dept of Health & Env’t Control and they finally released the records to the South Carolina Archive (scdah) so look for them to available online soon.  Here is the link to the 1915.


The SCDAH is also expanding their online index to include more digital images.  The first records to go live will be the state plats and the Revolutionary War Audited Account records.   

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