Private Libraries

Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 
Phone: 843-723-9912 

Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Charleston Library Society is a subscription library that traces its origins back to 1748.  Memberships are  welcome and it is possible to pay a daily research fee.  The collection is rich in early printed matter relating to South Carolina; there are clipping files, picture files, map files and manuscript collections of genealogical interest.


Family History Center Library/Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1519 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: 843-766-6017

Tuesday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
First 4 Saturdays of the month: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This is a branch of the world’s largest genealogical library, the Mormon Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The branch will provide microfilm copies of materials from the Salt Lake City collection for a small postage and handling feel. The branch also has the catalog of the Salt Lake City collection; and many microfilm records of genealogical collection, church records, land records, probate records, census and other records relating to South Carolina filmed by the Church. There are books relating to South Carolina and other Southern states: some DAR records on microfilm, Draper Manuscript microfilms, and a genealogical software program available for use.


Huguenot Society of South Carolina Library  
138 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-723-3235 

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This membership supported library contains information on the Huguenot experience throughout Europe, the United States, and elsewhere, with a special emphasis on South Carolina. Membership is open to those of proper descent; the library can be used for small daily research fee. Included in the collection are some census materials from South Carolina and other states, vertical files, rare and reference books, and other materials making the Society a leading Huguenot Library in the United States.


South Carolina Historical Society Library    
100 Meeting Street  
Charleston, SC 29401 
Phone: 843-723-3225 

Tuesday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This membership-supported institution has been collecting printed and manuscript materials documenting all aspects of South Carolina history and genealogy since its founding in 1855.  Memberships are welcome; non-members are charged a small daily research fee to use the collections, which include family and business papers, church and land records, and research notes of genealogists and historians. Researchers can link to the Society’s web page from the South Carolina Room’s. One can also pay a fee to have records searched.

Government Agencies

Charleston County Health Department
4050 Bridge View Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-740-0801

Monday - Friday: 8 - 4:30
Death records: 1915 - date. Birth records: City only, 1877 - 1915.

Persons may apply for a copy of record, but may not search records. Fee: $12 for first copy.

Also: For S.C. "Birth & Death Records", l915-date, apply to:
Division of Vital Records, DHEC 
2600 Bull Street  
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-898-3630 for fees

Send to: Name, date, place of death or birth. Restrictions in effect as to years since death/birth and relationship to person at both agencies.

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas  
100 Broad Street
Charleston, SC 29401 
Phone: 843-958-5000
Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Records of civil actions, l856 - date.

Judge of Probate  
84 Broad Street, 3rd floor
Charleston, SC 29401 
Phone: 843-958-5030

Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Marriage records, late 1800's - date. Wills, 1869 - current.

Register of Mesne Conveyance
(Record of deeds between buyer and seller) 
O. T. Wallace County Office Building, 2nd floor
101 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401 
Phone: 843-958-4800

Monday - Friday: 9 - 5
Deeds, l7l9 - date; also, land plats.

Local Genealogical Researchers

The following fee-based researchers have access and expertise in Charleston genealogical materials. These researchers work independently and are not under the library’s jurisdiction

Brent Holcomb
P.O. Box 21766
Columbia, SC  29221

Helen Milliken
104 King's Mill Road
Columbia, SC  29206

Anne E. Dodenhoff
(Genealogical Researcher)
1423 Brookbank Avenue
Charleston, SC 29412

Lenoir L. Roberts
(Early Charleston records)
1540 Plover Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Other Online Resources

Ancestry Library Edition 

The Ancestry site contains 3,000 genealogy databases and include the federal census and the Social Security Death Index. Note: since this is a subscription database, it can only be accessed in the library.


Cornell University's Making of America

From Cornell University Library, a digitalized and searchable version of The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate.


Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database

Sponsored by the National Parks Service, a roster of both Union and Confederate soldiers and sailors from the Civil War.