Welcome to South Carolina
Genealogy Trails
History Group


Genealogy Trails is a group of dedicated volunteer genealogist trancribing FREE genealogy data. Our goal with "Genealogy Trails" is to bring Free, Informative, Genealogical and Historical information throughout each State.

WE REGRET THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.  All data we come across will be added to this website, so please keep checking back.

We very much want to make you part of the Website - We are looking for Biographies, Obituaries, Newspaper Stories, History and Family stories. Things that you won't find on any other website. Along the way we will acquire Births, Deaths, Marriages, Cemetery Listings and everything in between - things that will be of importance to the South Carolina Researcher.  We want to welcome you and hope you will join us as we travel the Trails of our Ancestors through this wonderful state.

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Main page designed and maintained by Dena Whitesell

Columbia is the capital.
At the left is the State Capital Building

We need State and County Co-Ordinators
Its fun, informative, challenging and its a great group of people to work with.

If interested - View our
Volunteer Information Page and contact me

If you have data you'd like to contribute to any of the South Carolina counties, e-mail me.

  You can send your obituaries here (add your email address & name to the submission)
Tombstone transcriptions here (add your email address & name to the submission)

South Carolina State Data Updates


Erskine College, 1920
Wofford College, 1856 - 1872 Graduates and Students
South Carolina Military Academy, 1853
1917-18 School Directory
1937 Morris College, Sumter County

South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, Vol. II
Army Casualty List, Oct. 1918

Pensioners of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 & Indian War
1813 Rev. War Pensioners
Palmetto Riflemen

Marriages and Death Notices
Many death notices from 1914

Doctors of South Carolina
Certificate of Naturalization

Passenger Ships to SC:
Passenger List for the Earl of Donagal

Logan Manuscript

State Flower - Yellow Jessamine

**** South Carolina's History *****

South Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).

Following exploration of the coast in 1521 by Francisco de Gordillo, the Spanish tried unsuccessfully to establish a colony near present-day Georgetown in 1526, and the French also failed to colonize Parris Island near Fort Royal in 1562. The first English settlement was made in 1670 at Albemarle Point on the Ashley River, but poor conditions drove the settlers to the site of Charleston (originally called Charles Town).

South Carolina was based on a plantation culture with an aristocratic, wealthy society that was dependent on black slave labor. One of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina was first formed in 1729 when the Carolina colony was divided in two to form North and South Carolina. The attack on Fort Sumter in the Charleston harbor launched the Civil War. After the war, the structure of the state changed.

It was admitted to the Union on May 23, 1788 and became the 8th state.

**** State Symbols *****

  • Mottoes: Animis opibusque parati (Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)
  • Flower: Carolina yellow jessamine (1924)
  • Tree: Palmetto tree (1939)
  • Bird: Carolina wren (1948)
  • Song: “Carolina” (1911)
  • Nickname: Palmetto State

If you have comments or questions about this site or our project, contact SC Trails State Cordinator Here

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