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South Carolina Church Directory
SCR 280.025 South

City Directories for Charleston, South Carolina: for the Years 1803, 1806, 1807, 1809 and 1813 (reprint, shelved with City Directories)
SCR 975.791 Hagy

Charleston, South Carolina City Directories: for the Years 1816, 1819, 1822, 1825, and 1829 (reprint, shelved with City Directories)
SCR 975.791 Hagy

Directories for the City of Charleston, South Carolina: for the Years1830-31, 1835-36, 1836, 1837-38, and 1840-41 (reprint, shelved with City Directories)
SCR 975.791 Hagy

Charleston City Directories 1867-1870, 1872-73, 1875-1938, 1940,1942, 1944-45, 1948, 1950-51, 1955, 1958, 1961, 1968-present
SCR 975.791 Charles

United States City Directories.  Charleston, South Carolina. 1866-1932 (with gaps)
SCR microform

Charleston City Directories
SCR microform
1782, 1785, 1790, 1794, 1801-03, 1806, 1807, 1809, 1813, 1816, 1819, 1820, 1822, 1824, 1829, 1831, 1835-1838, 1840, 1841, 1852, 1855, 1856, 1859 
Note: The R.L. Polk City Directories for Charleston were not published for the following years: 1949, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1962-1967.

CENSUS The following Federal Census records for South Carolina are available on microfilm: 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840,1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930. (The 1890 census was destroyed in a January 1921 fire in the Commerce Building in Washington, D.C.) 

Census Index - shelved on top of microfilm cabinet

  • South Carolina 1790 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina, 1790: Head of Families
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1800 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United 

  • South Carolina 1810 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1820 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1830 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1840 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1850 Federal Census Index
    SCR 317.3 United

  • South Carolina 1850 Slave Schedule Census Index
    SCR 929.3 South

  • Index to 1860 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR 317.3 Index

  • South Carolina 1870 Census Index
    SCR 317.3 Steuart

  • Soundex Index to the 1880 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

  • Soundex Index to the 1900 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

  • Soundex Index to the 1910 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

  • Soundex Index to the 1920 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

  • Soundex Index to the 1930 Federal Census of South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

Research tip:  Please note that the Soundex doesn’t index a name in the 1880 or 1920 census unless the household contains a child under the age of 10. There are many errors in the census indexes, so a name not appearing in the index doesn’t mean that the name doesn’t appear in the census.

OTHER CENSUS

  • Free Blacks and Mulattos in South Carolina: 1850 Census
    SCR 317.3 South
  • Census of the City of Charleston, SC 1861
    SCR microfilm
  • 1869 Census for South Carolina
    SCR microfilm

  • U.S. Census of Agriculture, South Carolina: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    SCR microfilm

  • U.S. Census of Industry, South Carolina: 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880
    SCR microfilm

  • U.S. Census of Mortality, South Carolina: 1850, 1860, 1870,1880 (There are indexes for 1850 and 1860)
    SCR microfilm

  • U.S. Social Statistics Census, South Carolina: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    SCR microfilm

  • U.S. Census Enumeration Districts, South Carolina: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880
    SCR microfilm

  • 1880 United States Census and National Index
    SCR CD

Note: Among the SC Room’s printed materials are censuses printed for various counties in various years.  There are some special compilations and abstracts of censuses for various counties on the shelves as well.  You can search under the term “Census” in the catalog and the county name.