South Carolina Census Records 2
South Carolina Census Notes
Federal South Carolina census records are available to the public for the following census years: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
1800 Federal Census Records for South Carolina: Portions of the 1800 Federal census schedules are missing for Richland County, SC.
The 1890 Federal South Carolina census records were destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire, however the special schedules for Veterans and Widows survived the fire and are often used as a census substitute. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap & 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.
South Carolina State Census Records: There are some state census enumerations taken by the state of SC. These were recorded in 1829, 1839, 1848, 1861, 1868, 1869 and 1875.
Surviving SC state census records include:
1829 State Census: Fairfield & Laurens Districts.
1839 State Census: Beaufort, Chesterfield,, Kershaw & Lexington Districts.
1848 State Census: City of Charleston.
1861 State Census: City of Charleston.
1868 State Census: Contains agricultural returns only.
1869: All counties with the exception of Clarendon, Oconee & Spartanburg.
1875: Clarendon, Newberry & Marlboro counties are complete. Partial 1875 state census records are available for Abbeville, Beaufort, Fairfield, Lancaster & Sumter counties. The South Carolina state census returns are available at The South Carolina Archives & History Center.
If researching in Berkeley County, be aware it is not the original county. The early Berkeley District was discontinued.
The discontinuance and reorganizing of districts can make South Carolina census research confusing. Refer often to the county and district formation data. Early maps are helpful. See: Early Evolution of SC Districts and Counties and Historical Districts and Counties of South Carolina.
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2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-3630
Birth & Death records from 1915 to present are kept at the above address.
Marriage records 1911 to the present are on file in the Probate Judge's office at the county level.
Charleston Birth records begin in 1877 and are available at the City Health Dept.
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Other SC Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
1770 Tryon County, NC (contains many residents in present day SC boundaries)
1779 Jury Lists of the 96th District - A census substitute
SC Census Records Online by County
Charleston County Census Records (Created 1769 - Original District.)
Cheraws District Census Records (1769 - 1798 Discontinued.)
Cherokee County Census Records (Created 1897 from Spartanburg County, Union County & York County.)
Chester County Census Records (Created 1785 within the Camden District. in 1791, Chester was transferred to the Pinckney District. In 1800, it was re-christened a district and Pinckney District was abolished. In 1868, Chester District became a county as did all the districts in SC.)
Chesterfield County Census Records (Created 1785 within the Cheraws District. In 1800, Chesterfield was re-christened as a district and Cheraws District was abolished. In 1868, Chesterfield became a county as did all other districts in SC.)
Claremont County Census Records (Created 1785 from Camden District. Became part of Sumter District in 1801.)
Clarendon County Census Records (Created in 1785 within the Camden District but never organized. Clarendon County fully formed in 1855 from Sumter District.)
Colleton County Census Records NEW (Created 1798 from Charleston District.)
Colleton OLD (Created 1682 but discontinued 1769. Extinct County.)
NOTE: Records for Old Colleton County are on file in Charleston.
Craven County OLD (Created in 1683 but discontinued 1769.)
NOTE: Records for Old Craven County are on file in Charleston, SC.
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