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Monday, August 4, 2014

Hard-to-Find SC Marriage Records


Weddings occurred in Parish Houses and Homes
Not enough field work has been done by genealogists in the State of South Carolina.  Because of so many gaps in the records,  there is a need for the tombstone records as well as old bibles.  My biggest complaint is the lack of marriage records.  But ministers were not required to record weddings at the local court house until sometime after 1900.  That creates a gap of about 300 years.  The only alternative is to comb the old surviving newspapers, which is an "every page" examination because vital records were scattered throughout.  Another method is to search county deed records and look for "gift deeds".  Also, the last wills and testaments named daughters in in-laws, along with estate receipts, vouchers, returns, inventories.  One simply has to dig into the records.  The online resource for county records is  South Carolina Pioneers

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