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Welcome to South Carolina! The American History & Genealogy Project is a group of independent webmasters linking together to share historical and genealogical data with researchers online. Please join us -- there are many states, counties, and topics to be explored! Our most pressing need in South Carolina right now is someone to adopt each county. If you would like to become a volunteer county 'parent,' or have information or data you would like to donate, please contact me. Angie Rayfield has stepped down as the South Carolina AHGP webmaster. She will be continuing with her sponsored counties at her request. I am taking over the South Carolina AHGP site operation along with the mail lists. We are sorry to see you go and thanks for all the time you have spent setting this site up. Your webmaster is Steven Stymiest. The South Carolina AHGP Mail List can be subscribed to by sending a message to: SC-AHGP with the word "subscribe" only in the body of the message.




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The first ship to land in Charlestowne was the Carolina, which landed in April 1670. It was followed shortly by the Albemarle and the Port Royal. The 3 ships had left England with 150 people on board; 2 died enroute. Among the passengers on the Carolina was William Sayle, the first governor of Carolina. The original destination for the ships was Port Royal. The Kiawah Indians in that area convinced the settlers that Charlestowne was a better choice for farming, and the settlers observed that Charlestowne was further away from the Spanish settlement of St. Augustine.

The border between the "provinces" of North and South Carolina was surveyed east of the Catawba River in 1764, and west of the Catawba River in 1772. Prior to that time, much of what is now South Carolina was considered to be in North Carolina. South Carolina counties affected: Marlboro, Lancaster, York, Chester, Union, Cherokee, Spartanburg, Greenville, Laurens, and Newberry. They were considered to be part of Bladen County (1741-1749), Anson County (1749- 1763), Mecklenburg County (1763-1769) and Tryon County (1769-1772). Deeds, wills, and estates should be checked in the North Carolina counties mentioned above. -- by Brent H. Holcomb, editor, South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research

Read A Brief History of South Carolina, from the South Carolina Department of Archives & History.

South Carolina Counties

Abbeville
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Aiken
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Allendale
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Anderson
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Bamberg
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Barnwell
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Beaufort
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Berkeley
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Calhoun
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Charleston
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Charleston
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Cherokee
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Chester
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Chesterfield
Clarendon
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Colleton
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Darlington
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Dillon
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Dorchester
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Edgefield
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Fairfield
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Florence
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Georgetown
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Greenville
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Greenwood
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Hampton
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Horry
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Jasper
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Kershaw
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Lancaster
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Laurens
Lee
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Lexington

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Marion
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Marlboro
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McCormick
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Newberry
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Oconee
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Orangeburg

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Pickens
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Richland
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Saluda
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Spartanburg
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Sumter
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Union
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Williamsburg
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York
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We still have lots of other counties looking for a good home... If you'd like to adopt a county, please email me.

Views of South Carolina

We have some wonderful pictures of South Carolina, well worth taking a look. Thank you, Pam, for your kind donation!

War Memorial in Columbia      Bronze Plaque
Charleston Harbor      Charleston Harbor
Fort Sumter       Fort Sumter
Monument placed by the UDC at the Battery, Charleston      Fort Sumter Defenders Memorial
Monument at Pinckney Plantation, outside Charleston      Hampton-Preston Mansion
State House Memorial      Civil War Memorial
Landsford Canal State Park

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