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- Begin by recording what you know about your family tree. Start with yourself, and enter as much information as you know. You can build a FREE Family Tree Online You can also find free genealogy software and printable family trees at Genealogy Freebies to help record your information.
- Vital records — birth, marriage and divorce, and death — are the foundations of genealogical research. Church records and census records may also provide additional clues. See the Ancestry.com census images for FREE!!!
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Office of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems South Carolina Department of Health and
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Birth and Death (since 1915) $15.00; Also, ledger entries of Florence City births and deaths from 1895 to 1914 are on file at Florence County Health Department. Ledger entries of Newberry City births and deaths from the late 1800s are on file at Newberry County Health Department.
Marriage: Since 1950 $12.00
Divorce: Since 1962 $12.00
- Use the Ancestor Search directory of hundreds of searchable genealogy databases that can help fill in the blanks on your family tree. Keep track of your search results with this free research log. Be aware that not all genealogy information is available online. If your names are not found in an online database, you may have to do some research offline. Try the
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Tel: (803) 896-6100
Fax: (803) 896-6198
- If you do not know much about an ancestor, you may need to do additional research on his or her children first. For example:
- If you do not know when your ancestor was married, the birth date of the first child may give you the approximate time frame needed to search for the marriage records.
- If you do not know where your ancestor lived, finding the birthplace of the children may provide a clue.
- Collaborate with other genealogists researching the same families. You can search for them at the South Carolina Surname List database.
- Military records are an often overlooked source to obtain vital records. Learn how to send away to the National Archives for military service and pension records and the information that you will receive here.
- For additional help and detailed instructions for tracing ancestors, go to Free Genealogy Lessons and Guides.
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