Monday, September 29, 2014

Sleuthing South Carolina Marriage Records

South Carolina Marriages are difficult to find.  That is because the performances of ceremonies were kept by ministers of local parishes and there was no law requiring filing at the court house until the 19th century.  Sure, a few ministers recorded marriages.  That leaves the genealogist the task of searching through tons of newspapers and other court house records.  By other court house records, I mean - deeds of gift where the father leaves property to his daughter, wills and estates where the name of daughter appeared along with that of her husband, vouchers, receipts, inventories, sales of estates and anything which provide names other than that of the immediate family.  This means that the genealogist must be well-informed as to what was happening in the community, as well as the names of friends and relatives, and possible marriages to neighbors.  This makes the genealogist a collector of many unusual relics and documents.  The tedium of searching for clues continues throughout one's life time.  Find your ancestors on South Carolina Pioneers

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