Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Where are South Carolina Marriage Records?

Finding marriages during the 17th,18th and 19th centuries in South Carolina is a losing project. A diversity of peoples settled on the Carolinas. The Scotch-Irish migrated from Pennsylvania and the Shenandoah Valley. French Huguenots settled around Charleston as well as the English. Marriages were performed in the churches and the ministers did not file them with the county court house. Some surviving relics are found today of the South Carolina Quakers in Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy. Other entries were published in the South Carolina Gazette. Book of marriages of St. Philip's Parish is at most regional libraries. Other than that, we will probably never find certain marriages. Reading the old wills provide some clues as to relationships. The vouchers are receipts from heirs. A daughter's husband had to give a receipt for her inheritance. So the answers still lie in digging through all of the court house records.

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