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S. J. Coker

Selected South Carolina Societies

Before planning travel to any research facility, call to confirm they will be open during the time you plan to visit. The open hours shown here are subject to change without notice.

South Carolina Day

South Caroliniana Society
University of South Carolina
Greene Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29208
Tel: (803)777-5183 Fax: (803)777-5747

The University South Caroliniana Society actively collects, preserves, and encourages research in materials documenting the history of the Palmetto State. The Society promotes research via its publications, meetings, and annual programs. Our name, "Caroliniana," uses the Latin suffix to signify "things pertaining to Carolina."

The Society formed in 1937 at the invitation of University of South Carolina president J. Rion McKissick and the University Caroliniana committee. Concerned by the removal and dispersal of valuable historical documents to locations outside the state, McKissick and the committee resolved to increase the holdings of the University's South Carolina collection.

With completion of a new library facility in 1940, the University removed the general library holdings to the new McKissick Memorial Library, now McKissick Museum. This allowed continued growth of the South Carolina collection in the old library building.

To assure the permanence of its work, the Society was incorporated in 1951. Since that time the Society has functioned as the private non-profit organization of the South Caroliniana Library with the sole purpose of supporting the Library in its mission.

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: 843-723-3225
FAX: 843-723-8584
Publications: South Carolina Historical Magazine and The Caralogue

Research Library
Home to nationally renowned collections, the Society's holdings reflect the passions, view points, textures, and tempos of the daily lives of all South Carolinians. From pre-colonization to the present, there are the writings of governors, generals, poets, farmers, and merchants; the letters and diaries of women, soldiers, and travellers; the research of historians and genealogists and the records of plantations and churches. Call to confirm that the Research Library will be open before planning extended research trips to the Society.

Research Catalogs of the South Carolina Historical Society
The catalogs of the the Society's SC Research Library have been updated and upgraded. It is now possible to search.

  • Manuscripts
  • Genealogy
  • Plats from the H.A.M Smith collection
The catalogs contain descriptions of SCHS holdings and not the document themselves. For access to the information, visit the SCHS library in Charleston, or submit a research request via the US Postal Service. Directions for submitting research requests are available when viewing the online catalog records.

Marlborough Historical Society and Historical Museum
123 South Marlboro Street
Bennetsville, SC 29512-4031
Publication: Marolborough Historical Society Newsletter
Phone: 803-479-5624

Greenville County Historical Society
107 Broadus Avenue
Greenville, SC 29601-3020
Phone: 864-233-4103

Piedmont Historical Society
P.O. Box 8096
Spartanburg, SC 29305

Sumter County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1456
Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: 803-775-0908

Three Rivers Historical Society
P.O. Box 811
Hemingway, SC 29554
Publication: The Three Rivers Chronicle

Union County Historical Foundation
P.O. Drawer 220
Union, SC 29379

York County Historical Society
P.O. Box 3061 CRS
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Publication: The Quarterly

Historical Center of York County
212 East Jefferson Street
York, SC 29745

Founding Families of the State of South Carolina
P. O. Box 11353
Columbia, SC 29211-1353
In honor of South Carolina's 210th birthday, the Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS) is sponsoring this new heritage program. To qualify for membership the applicant must directly descend from an ancestor who settled in South Carolina prior to May 23, 1788. The applicant must be able to prove descent from the ancestor (male or female) by an acceptable record or records for each generation, including proof for the applicant. Current South Carolina Residency is not a requirement.

The information that applicants furnish as proof of their lineage will be placed in the archives of the Columbia Chapter of the SCGS. There it will serve as a valuable resource for other researchers and genealogists. The collection will be a valuable addition to the history of South Carolina and a source of information and pride for future generations.

Applicants who qualify and are admitted to membership will receive a handsomely designed certificate issued by the Columbia Chapter of the SCGS featuring the applicant's name and the name of the appplicant's ancestor.

The Huguenot Society of South Carolina
138 Logan Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Tel: 803-723-3235 (Area code changes to 843 on March 22, 1998)
FAX: 803-853-8476
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-2pm, closed holidays and last 2 weeks of December.
Publication: Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina

The society was established in 1885 and is dedicated to the preservation of the history and genealogy of the members of the Protestant Reformation which took place in France during the 16th century. The society maintains a library offering resources for historical research and tracing of Huguenot ancestry. A qualified librarian/archivist, genealogist, and registrar are available to offer assistance. Members of the society as well as the public are invited to use the library facility during business hours. A nominal fee is charged for use of the library by non-members.

National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina
79 Cumberland Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 803-722-3767

Society of First Families of South Carolina, 1670-1700
P.O. Box 21328
Charleston, SC 29413-2564

Society of Mayflower Descendants
843 O'Sullivan Drive
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Sons of the American Revolution
South Carolina Society
P.O. Box 2413
Spartanburg, SC 29303

The South Caroliniana Society
South Caroliniana Library
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Broad River Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 215
Hickory Grove, SC 29717
Publication: Quarterly Newsletter

Chester District Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 336
Richburg, SC 29729

Genealogical Society of Old Tyron County
P.O. Box 938
Forest City, NC 28043

Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 974
Orangeburg, SC 29116
Publication: Orangeburgh German-Swiss Newsletter

Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society
c/o Hart County Library
Benson St.
Hartwell, GA 30643

South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS)
P.O. Box 492
Columbia SC 29202-0492
Publication: The Carolina Herald and Newsletter

SCGS, Aiken-Barnwell Chapter
P.O. Box 415
Aiken, SC 29802

SCGS, Anderson Chapter
P.O. Box 5743
Anderson, SC 29623
Publication: Anderson Record

SCGS, Catawba-Wateree Chapter
1314 Broad Street
Camden, SC 29020
Publication: Catawba Wateree Messenger

SCGS, Charleston Chapter
P.O. Box 20266
Charleston, SC 29413
Publication: Low Country Courier

SCGS, Columbia Chapter
P.O. Box 11353
Columbia, SC 29211-1353
Publication: The Columbia Chronicle

SCGS, Dutch Fork Chapter
P.O. Box 481
Chapin, SC 29036
Publication: Dutch Fork Digest

SCGS, Fairfield Chapter
P.O. Box 696
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Publication: Fairfield Genealogical Society Newsletter

SCGS, Greenville Chapter
P.O. Box 16236
Greenville, SC 29606
Publication: Greenville Chapter Journal

SCGS, Hilton Head Island Chapter
P.O. Box 5492
Hilton Head, SC 29928
Publication: Hilton Head Island Chapter Newsletter

SCGS, Laurens District Chapter
P.O. Box 1217
Laurens, SC 29360
Publication: TreeClimber

SCGS, Lexington Chapter
P.O. Box 1442
Lexington, SC 29072
Publication: Lexington Genealogical Exchange

SCGS, Old 96 District Chapter
P.O. Box 3468
Greenwood, SC 29648
Publication: Genealogical Roots and Branches

SCGS, Old Darlington District Chapter
P.O. Box 175
Hartsville, SC 29551
Publication: Darlington Flag

SCGS, Old Edgefield District Chapter
P.O. Box 486
Edgefield, SC 29824
Publication: The Quill

SCGS, Old Pendleton District Chapter
247 Cross Hill Road
Easley, SC 29640
Publication: Old Pendleton District Newsletter

SCGS, Old St. Bartholomew Chapter
125 Wade Hampton Avenue
Walterboro, SC 29488
Publication: The Rice Planter

SCGS, Pee Dee Chapter
P.O. Box 1428
Marion, SC 29571
Publication: Pee Dee Queue

SCGS, Pinckney District Chapter
385 Spring Street, Spartanburg, SC 29301
P.O. Box 1428, Spartanburg, SC 29304
P.O. Box 5281, Spartanburg, SC 29304
Publication: Pinckney District Chapter Quarterly

SCGS, Sumter Chapter
Genealogical and Historical Research Center
219 West Liberty Street
P.O. Box 2543
Sumter, S.C. 29151
(803) 773-9144
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10-1 and 2-5.
(Check for holiday closings)
Publication: Sumter Black River Watchman
Meetings are held every third Monday at 7:30 p.m. except during June, July, and August. The meetings are usually held at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church.

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Copyright 1998 S. J. Coker