Other Libraries with Historical /Genealogical Collections
Charleston Library Society 164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-723-9912 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:30 - 5:30
Saturday: 9:30 - 3
The Charleston Library Society is a subscription library that traces its origins back to 1748. Memberships are welcome and it is possible to pay a daily research fee. The collection is rich in early printed matter relating to South Carolina; there are clipping files, picture files, map files and manuscript collections of genealogical interest.
Family History Center Library/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1519 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407 Phone: 843-766-6017 Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 10 - 9
Friday: 10 - 2
First 4 Saturdays of the month: 10 - 2
This is a branch of the world’s largest genealogical library, the Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The branch will provide microfilm copies of materials from the Salt Lake City collection for a small postage and handling feel. The branch also has the catalog of the Salt Lake City collection; and many microfilm records of genealogical collection, church records, land records, probate records, census and other records relating to South Carolina filmed by the Church. There are books relating to South Carolina and other Southern states: some DAR records on microfilm, Draper Manuscript microfilms, and a genealogical software program available for use.
Huguenot Society of South Carolina Library 138 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-723-3235 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 - 2
This membership supported library contains information on the Huguenot experience throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, with a special emphasis on South Carolina. Membership is open to those of proper descent; the library can be used for small daily research fee. Included in the collection are some census materials from South Carolina and other states, vertical files, rare and reference books, and other materials making the Society a leading Huguenot Library in the United States.
South Carolina Historical Society Library 100 Meeting Street (The Fireproof Building)
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-723-3225 Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 9 - 4
Saturday: 9 - 2
This membership-supported institution has been collecting printed and manuscript materials documenting all aspects of South Carolina history and genealogy since its founding in 1855. Memberships are welcome; non-members are charged a small daily research fee to use the collections, which include family and business papers, church and land records, and research notes of genealogists and historians. Researchers can link to the Society’s web page from the South Carolina Room’s. One can also pay a fee to have records searched.
Charleston County Health Department 4050 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405 Phone: 843-740-0801 Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 - 4:30
Death records: 1915 - date. Birth records: City only, 1877 - 1915.
Persons may apply for a copy of record, but may not search records. Fee: $12 for first copy.
Also: For S.C. "Birth & Death Records", l915-date, apply to:
Division of Vital Records, DHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: 803-898-3630 for fees Send to: Name, date, place of death or birth. Restrictions in effect as to years since death/birth and relationship to person at both agencies.
Clerk of Court of Common Pleas 100 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-958-5000 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Records of civil actions, l856 - date.
Judge of Probate 84 Broad Street, 3rd floor
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-958-5030 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Marriage records, late 1800's - date. Wills, 1869 - date.
Register of Mesne Conveyance (Record of deeds between buyer and seller)
O. T. Wallace County Office Building, 2nd floor
101 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401 Phone: 843-958-4800 Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Deeds, l7l9 - date; also, land plats.
GENEALOGICAL SEARCHERS WITH EXPERTISE IN CHARLESTON GENEALOGY The fee-based researchers listed below have access and expertise in Charleston genealogical materials. These researchers work independently and are not under the library’s jurisdiction