Research in South Carolina

South Carolina was founded as an English colony in 1663 and from the outset was a slave state with a plantation culture. Research in South Carolina provides family historians and genealogists an overview of the state’s history and valuable information about its major archives, libraries, and societies as well as online resources.

The guidebook outlines where genealogists can find critical records including Bible, cemetery, census, church, and institutional records. The author provides extensive discussion of ethnic records for African Americans, French Huguenots, Germans, Irish, Scots, Scots-Irish, and Native Americans. Also covered in depth are military and land records. Sources for atlases, maps, gazetteers, directories, and newspapers are included as well as probate, tax, vital, and voter records.

Published by NGS, Research in West Virginia, 2nd edition, is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Janis Walker Gilmore is a professional genealogist who focuses on South Carolina specializing in African American, colonial, and Huguenot research. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, NGS, South Carolina Historical Society, and several other state, regional, and local genealogical societies.