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Native American Research

Please note that while we cannot do research, we hope to provide assistance, through data and links, to Native Americans with roots in South Carolina.

If you are just beginning to research your family's history, please remember to start with what you know, work backwards in time, and DOCUMENT your sources. You will never regret the time you take to write down "where" you found information!

Native American Tribes of South Carolina

  • Western (Up Country)
    • Catawba
    • Cherokee
    • Saluda
    • Sugeree
    • Waxhaw

  • Central
    • Congaree
    • Cheraw
    • Wateree

  • Eastern (coastal area)
    • Chicora
    • Cusabo
    • Pee Dee
    • Santee
      • Sewee
    • Stono
    • Waccamaw
    • Yemasee


Please note the publication date for the source information contained in the following article was 1920.

Contributed by: 
Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. Aug. 11, 1998                         (

"The Indian Tribes of North America" By John R. Swanton, Pub. 1920
This list the Native Americans, History; Place Names; Sub-divisions;

Chiaha tribe. - A part of this tribe lived in South Carolina at 
times. (See Chiaha tribe of Georgia.)

Chickasaw tribe. - The Chickasaw territory proper was in northern 
Mississippi, at a considerable distance from the State under discussion, 
but about 1753 a body of Chickasaw Indians settled on the South Carolina 
side of Savannah River, to be near the English trading posts and to 
keep in contact with the English, who were their allies. Before 1757 
most of them moved over to the immediate neighborhood of Augusta and 
remained there until the period of the American Revolution. In that 
war they sided against the colonists and their lands were confiscated 
in 1783. (See Chickasaw tribe of Mississippi.)

Keyauwee tribe.- They settled on the Pee Dee after 1716 and probably 
united with the Catawba. (See North Carolina.)

Natchez tribe.- A band of Indians of this tribe lived for several 
years at a place called Four Hole Springs in South Carolina but left 
in 1744 fearing the vengeance of the Catawba because of seven of that 
tribe whom they had killed. (See Mississippi.) 

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