The Allen County Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana is the creator of the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) which has been of great use to me over the years. I just received copies of five articles that appeared in the South Carolina Historical Magazine.
- “South Carolina Episcopal Church Records” by Margaretta Childs and Isabella G. Leland, Oct 1983
- “South Carolina Methodist Records” by Richard N. Côté, Jan 1984
- “South Carolina Presbyterian Records” by Richard N. Côté, Apr 1984
- “South Carolina Baptist Records” by J. Glen Clayton, Oct 1984
- “South Carolina Religious Records: Other Denominations” by Richard N. Côté, Jan 1985
South Carolina, unlike everyone else, didn’t keep marriage records at the county level until 1911 which is very inconvenient. There are a few scattered marriage records in the court records but there aren’t many. One must turn to church records and newspapers. I am going to address newspapers in the next post because there is something very important to know when you want to try and find something in a newspaper.
Before you start a search through church records you need to know what records actually exist and where they are housed. That is why I ordered the above articles. They are a gold mine of information and I am starting to put together a comprehensive research plan. I am looking for a specific marriage and I am not 100% sure which church the couple belonged to (I suspect Episcopal) so I must look at all of the denominations. It’s a needle in a haystack search and that it why it is doubly important to search methodically and keep records of everything that has been searched.
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