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Hi, my name is Carolyn Golowka and I am the County Coordinator for Edgefield County.  Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.  Feel free to contact me.


Vital Records

For information on how to submit your family's vital record information, see each subject below.  Instructions are given for Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates and Newspaper Wedding Announcements, Death Certificates, and Social Security records.  You may make any submissions of original records by clicking here or here or by contacting me directly.  Thank you for your help.

Information about:

birth certificates marriage certificates death certificates
census bibles headstones
church registers   mortuary
naturalizations   obituaries
military   social security

Birth Records

  • Birth Certificates

    In 1915, births were required to be reported by the County to the State.

    • Currently, there are no birth certificates available online.  If you have any certificates you can transcribe for Edgefield County, please click here or here to submit them.  DO NOT SUBMIT BIRTH CERTIFICATES OF LIVING PEOPLE.  Thank you.
    • For birth certificates prior to 1915, write to the County Clerk.
    • For birth certificates after 1915, write to Dept of Health - Vital Records.

    The South Carolina Dept of Archives and History has many early vital records.

    Some early records are available from the LDS Family History Centers.

  • Naturalization Records

    Naturalization records frequently contain the petitioner's exact date of birth, sometimes just the year, but at least their age. An immigrant could apply for naturalization at any state supreme, superior, district, or circuit court, or at any federal circuit or district court. For more information, see the naturalization page.

    Military and Veteran Records

    Military and Pension records are a possible source of birth and death information. For more information see the military page.

    Marriage Records

  • Marriage Certificates

    Marriage Certificates are usually available from the date the County was organized. State registration began in 1911.

    There are two types of marriage records: applications for marriage licenses and returned marriage licenses. Be aware a small minority of people who apply for marriage licenses do not actually get married, so you should always look for the returned license.

    Early marriage records usually contained the name of the two individuals involved and a witness. Often, if one of the individuals was under-age, a note may be attached providing permission for the individual to marry. However, the format and information provided on the licenses does depend on the date.

    • Some online marriage records can be found by clicking on Edgefield County Archives.  Please consider transcribing any marriage certificates you may have for Edgefield County or any newspaper announcements. NEWSPAPER ANNOUNCEMENTS MUST BE AT LEAST 75 YEARS OLD OR YOU HAVE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE NEWSPAPER FOR REPRINT ONLINE BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHTS.  PLEASE, NO LIVING PEOPLE FOR SECURITY REASONS.  To transcribe a marriage certificate or a marriage announcement click here or here to submit your records.  Thank you.
    • For marriage certificates prior to 1911, write to the County Clerk.
    • For marriage certificates after 1911, write to Dept of Health - Vital Records.

    The South Carolina Dept of Archives and History has many early marriage records.

    Some county marriage records may also be available through the LDS Family History Centers.

  • Death Records

  • Death Certificates

    In 1915, deaths were required to be reported by the County to the State.

    • For death certificates prior to 1915, write to the County Clerk.
    • For death certificates after 1915, write to Dept of Health - Vital Records.
    • Include the following information:
    • Name at Death
      Date of Death
      City and County of Death

    Modern death certificates contain:

    • Name and last residence of the deceased.
    • Date, place, and cause of death.
    • Marital status and spouse's name.
    • Parents names, including mother's maiden name.
    • Burial place and funeral director.
    • Informant - the person, most often a spouse or family member, who provided the personal information.

    Be aware that the much of the information on a death certificate is given by a third party, usually the spouse or a child who may not know it accurately to begin with. And the information is reported long after the event, as with the birth date.

    The South Carolina Dept of Archives and Historyy has many early vital records.

    Grave Headstones

    If you know the location where your ancestor died, try to locate the cemetery where they were buried. Once located, there are several ways to get the date of death.

    • If possible, visit the cemetery or locate an individual than can do so for you. Going there in person will not only provide us access to the information for that individual but will also provide you information on others than may be buried in the surrounding plots.
    • If the cemetery is still maintained, you may be able to locate the records of the cemetery or funeral home.
    • Libraries and Genealogical/Historical Societies often maintain cemetery listings for the older cemeteries. There may even be indexes that make it possible to locate the individual if the exact cemetery is not known.

    Finally, keep in mind that in older cemeteries, the stones may be broken or worn away from weather.

    Wills and Intestate Records - Probate

    Obviously, wills and the many records generated during disposition of an estate, often point to a date of death. But you will also find key information within wills such as family relationsips, birth order, which children are minors at the time, and the married names of daughters.

    Probate records are available from the Clerk of Court.

    When a person dies leaving an estate, the county government is reponsible for seeing that it is distributed according to law. How that is done depends on whether or not the deceased left a will. If the deceased leaves a will, it will be recorded and filed with the local court This process is called probate. The executor named in the will is charged with carrying out the distribution of the estate under the supervision of the court.

    If, on the other hand, the deceased dies without leaving a will, then he or she has died intestate, and the government must appoint an administrator to distribute the estate according the law. In either case, several types of records are generated through the court and may be of interest to the genealogist.


    Obituaries are good places to find vital statistic information and to uncover family relationships. Modern day obituaries are usually submitted to local newspapers, or newspapers covering the general area where a person spent a significant part of their life, by the funeral director handling the funeral and burial. The information is collected by them from the family member arranging the funeral.

    Of course, the key information in an obituary are the name of the deceased, their death date and place, often their spouse's name, frequently their birth date and place, and commonly their place of burial.

    A second bit of key data obtained from obituaries is the place of residence of surviving family members, and, in the case of women, their married names. Third, you can find the name of the cemetery a person is buried in from his or her obituary. This can often lead to the discovery of unknown family members who were buried in the same lot.

    Because much of the information in obituaries is reported second-hand, you should always try corroborate it with other sources.

    Social Security Death Indexes

    The Social Security death index can be used to determine a month/year of death and a probable location. They are usually available at the LDS Family History Centers and they are also available for searching on-line at

    These indexes contain the following:

    • The name of the person as it appears in the Social Security records. This is the name they gave when applying for their social security card and often corresponds to the name as it appeared on their birth certificate which was frequently used in obtaining a card. Note that most women have the name on their Social Security records changed when they marry.
    • The individual's Social Security number.
    • The date of birth as it appeared on the documents used when registering for Social Security.
    • City, county, and state (there can be several entries) to which Social Security benefits were mailed. This location frequently corresponds to the last residence. However, in many cases it corresponds to the address of the relative to which a final death benefit was mailed.
    • The date of death. This is most often the date as appeared on the death certificate of the person in question.

    Mortuary Records

    Funeral home and mortuary records often contain at least the date of burial, but often the date of death, age at death, and family relationships. These records are kept at the funeral home, and frequently pass to the descendants when a funeral home ceases business. If the business is sold to another owner, the records are frequently passed on to the new owners.

    click here for access to the funeral home information.

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