Ancestry.com has launched a new collection of county marriage records for South Carolina. The collection, South Carolina, County Marriages, 1910-1990, currently contains records for ten counties. The table below lists the counties and date ranges for this new collection:
Marriage Records and the Information They Contain
Marriage records help you pinpoint your ancestor in a certain place and time, and are useful for learning the maiden names of female ancestors. They typically contain the following information:
- Full name, race, age, and residence of bride and groom
- Marriage date, marriage place and officiating minister or public official
- Names of witnesses
They may also contain information about:
- Names of parents of bride and groom
- Occupations of bride and groom
- Whether or not each party has been married previously
- Church where marriage was performed
The content of the marriage records varies by county. For Lee County, documents include the marriage license application, marriage license and marriage certificate:
For Colleton County, the records include the marriage register only. You will need to order the marriage license and certificate to obtain all of the records concerning an individual marriage:
Note that some records, such as the Colleton County records, continue on a second page. Be sure to advance a page in the record filmstrip to be sure that you have gleaned all of the information for the marriage.
More About the Collection
The collection is searchable. You may also browse by county and date range. To read more about this new collection, please visit the collection’s home page.
Have you found a record for your ancestors in this new collection? Let us know in the comments below!