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RESEARCH NOTES

Please note that modern vital records (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses) were not kept at the State level until the 1900s. South Carolina researchers must search through individual county records, newspapers, church/parish records, and Bibles for birth, marriage and death records prior to the 1900s.

South Carolina Birth records

South Carolina did not require birth certificates until 1 January 1915. These records are held by the
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
J. Marion Sims Building, 2600 Bull Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201
(803) 734-4830.


South Carolina Marriage records

The state required marriage licenses beginning 1 July 1911. The probate judge's office in the county courthouse holds licenses issued before 1950. Both the Bureau of Vital Statistics and the county courthouse have copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950.


Marion and Dillon County Marriage Records

Some published resources for Marion County marriages include:

  • "Marriage Licenses, 1803-30,"
     Pee Dee Queue, v. 4, No. 2 (Feb 1980)
  • "Memoranda of Marriage Licenses, 1803-20,"
     Pee Dee Queue, v. 6, No. 7 (Jul 1982)
  • "Marriage Licenses, 1800-1829, Court of Ordinairy",
     South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, v.64, No.1 (Jan 1963)
  • "Marriages, 1841-42 (Selected),"
     Carolina Genealogist, No.21 (Winter 1975)

Past issues of the Pee Dee Queue can be ordered from the chapter by writing to:

Pee Dee Chapter of the SCGS
P.O. Box 1428
Marion, S.C. 29571
  • DILLON (Upper Marion) County Marriages
    Please note that Dillon County was formed from Marion County in 1909/10. Such marriage "records" as exist for early Dillon County residents will be found in Marion County records.

    Marriage records for Dillon County from c. 1913 on can be obtained by writing to:
    Office of the Judge of Probate
    401 W. Main Street
    Dillon, S.C. 29536

  • MARION County Marriages

    Marriage records for Marion County from c. 1913 on can be obtained by writing to:
    Office of the Judge of Probate
    201 Court Street
    Marion, S.C. 29571
    Tel: (843) 423-8244

    (This office also holds some Marriage Licenses for 1800-1802, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1817, 1859)

Marriages Database

Includes a list of Dillon and Marion County marriages compiled by me from various sources, as well as individual contributions by fellow researchers. In some cases it duplicates the information found elsewhere, but it also presents the material in a surname-indexed format and provides the opportunity for you to submit a single marriage record. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your data with other Dillon and Marion County researchers, and please cite your source.

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  • Robeson County Marriages
    - known Marion residents can be found here!


South Carolina Death records

Death certificates were required beginning 1 January 1915 and are restricted from the public for fifty years. The Archives has the certificates from 1915 to the year before the fifty year restriction. DHEC holds certificates after the fifty year restriction.

Archives & History Center
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223

Vital Statistics
Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
J. Marion Sims Building
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, S.C. 29201, (803) 734-4830.

Deaths Database

Dates of death for your ancestors may be found in various resources: Bible records, obituaries / newspaper abstracts, family papers, on tombstones, and in such resources as the Diary of Simeon Campbell and, occasionally, church records. Please explore these alternate resources available on the Dillon and Marion web sites; the database below will contain only information transcribed from modern death certificates for Marion County.

MARION COUNTY DEATH CERTIFICATES
A B C D E F G H I J K L M
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Divorce records

Although divorce before 1868 was not legal, a legislative act or the district courts of equity could grant divorce or separate maintenance but did so only rarely. From 1868 to 1878, when a legislative statute again outlawed it, divorce could be obtained in the courts of common pleas. Divorce was legalized in 1950, and the office of the clerk of court in the county where the divorce was granted holds those records. Since July 1962, duplicate divorce records have been filed with DHEC.

Church records

Parish registers from churches can provide information on birth and death dates, and marriages. Parish registers of a few early South Carolina churches are extant and some have been published. Published histories of churches occasionally include lists of births, marriages, or deaths.

Records of Baptist Churches are available at Baptist Historical Collection, Furman University Library, Furman University, Greenville, S.C. 29613, and records of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches are available at the Historical Foundation of the Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, P.O. Box 849, Montreat, N.C. 28757, (704) 669-7061.

Rev. Simeon Campbell's Diary

Excerpts of birth, marriage and death information pertaining to Old Marion County (Dillon and Marion).


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