South Carolina Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search South Carolina death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the South Carolina death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain South Carolina death certificates is available below.

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South Carolina death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing South Carolina death records, South Carolina death ceritificates, South Carolina death notices, South Carolina death indexes, and other related South Carolina genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of South Carolina. We also suggest searching for "South Carolina death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain South Carolina Death Certificates

A law mandating registration of all births and deaths in South Carolina was signed into law on 1 September 1914. Actual registration began in 1915, and South Carolina achieved 90-percent compliance within a few years. South Carolina had no law requiring marriage licenses or registration until 1911, though many earlier records were recorded on the county level.

For birth and death records in the last fifty years and marriage records from 1 July 1950, write:

South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control
Bureau of Vital Statistics
J. Marion Sims Building
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201-1797

For birth and death records from 1915 to "50 years ago," write:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
1430 Senate Street
P.O. Box 11669
Capitol Station
Columbia, SC 29211-1669

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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