Charleston County, South Carolina Societies

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The Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society was organized in 1974. The society usually holds meetings at 2:30 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month. There are no meetings in July or August. We have a new home at The Masonic Center, 1285 Orange Grove Rd., Charleston. Members have undertaken several research projects including creating inventories of cemeteries in the county and collecting information about the county's churches.
  • South Carolina Historical Society The Society was established in 1855.
    LOCATION 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC.
    LIBRARY HOURS: Tues-Fri, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sat, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; closed Sundays & holidays. In addition, on Tuesday evenings by appointment from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
    PARKING: The South Carolina Historical Society does not have its own parking facility. Metered street parking is available  .
    ACCESS: Members may use the library free of charge. There is a $5.00 daily fee for non-members.

    The Society offers three types of research services for fee: (1) straightforward photocopy requests; (2) requests on historical matters related to South Carolina; and (3) inquiries related to genealogical research. Request forms and corresponding fees are on the Society's website (under Photocopy and Research Services). Keep in mind that the search is restricted to the holdings of the Society only and may not uncover the information sought. If an individual did not spend a significant amount of time in South Carolina, the Society may not have information pertaining to him or her. The average search takes six to eight weeks.

    The Society is a repository for private papers and manuscripts pertaining to the state of South Carolina, with large amounts of materials on families of the Midlands and the Lowcountry. It does not have the censuses of South Carolina in its holdings and only abstracts from newspapers. An on-line library catalog is available (under Search the SCHS Catalog).