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{{South Carolina-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina|South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Berkeley_County,_South_Carolina|Berkeley County]]'' {{SCBerkeleymap}}
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Guide to '''Berkeley County, South Carolina ancestry, family history and genealogy''' court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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<div id="fsButtons"><span class="online_records_button">[[South Carolina Online Genealogy Records]]</span></div>
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Berkeley County
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| county_map = Sc-berkeley.png
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| state = South Carolina
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| latd = 33.2
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| founded year = 1882
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| founded date = January 31
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| seat = Moncks Corner
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[[Image:Cypress Garden, Berkeley County, South Carolina.jpg|thumb|right|230x230px|Cypress Garden, Berkeley County, South Carolina.jpg]]
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=== County Information ===
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==== Description ==== 
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The county is named for both John and William Berkeley, co-owners of the Province of Carolina. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Berkeley County, South Carolina" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',
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"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_County,_South_Carolina." accessed on the 3/27/2019</ref> 
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=== Berkeley County, South Carolina Record Dates===
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Berkeley County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1915
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1911
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1915
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1881
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1790
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.</center>
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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<div style="width: 100%; float: left">
 
{{SCBerkeleyCourthouse}}  
 
{{SCBerkeleyCourthouse}}  
  
== History  ==
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'''Berkeley County Courthouse<br>'''223 North Live Oak Drive<br>Moncks Corner, SC 29461-2331<br>Phone: 843-761-6900
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[https://www.courtreference.com/Berkeley-County-South-Carolina-Courts.htm '''Berkeley County Probate Court''']<br>300 California Avenue<br>Moncks Corner, SC 29461<br>Phone: 843-719-4519
  
==== Parent County ====
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[https://www.courtreference.com/Berkeley-County-South-Carolina-Courts.htm '''Register of Deeds''']<br>1003 Highway 52<br>Moncks Corner, SC 29461-6120<br>Phone: 843-719-4084
  
'''1882--'''Berkeley County was created 31 January 1882&nbsp;from [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]] County. <br>'''County seat:&nbsp;'''&nbsp;Moncks Corner <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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[https://www.courtreference.com/Berkeley-County-South-Carolina-Courts.htm '''Clerk of Courts''']'''<br>'''300-BCalifornia Ave.<br>Moncks Corner, SC 29461<br>Phone: 843-719-4400
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''Hours'''<br>9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
  
[http://www.mysouthcarolinagenealogy.com/sc-maps.html "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.
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== Historical Facts  ==
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Modern '''Berkeley County''' created in 1882 is '''''not''''' to be confused with the two previously extinct counties of the same name.
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Berkeley County was named for Lord Proprieters of South Carolina {{wpd|John_Berkeley|Lord John Berkeley}} and {{wpd|William_Berkeley|Sir William Berkeley}}.<ref>Workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina, ''Palmetto Place Names'' (The Reprint Company: Spartanburg, S.C., 1975) 12.</ref> Berkeley County has existed as three incarnations. It was created as one of the original South Carolina counties in 1682. At the time, all formal business was conducted in Charles Town and the counties were used to locate property. The original Berkeley County was abolished in 1768 after the [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_new_districts_1768.html District Court Act] was passed. A second incarnation of Berkely County was created within Charleston District with the passage of the [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/ 1785 County Court Act] but never became functional and was abolished in 1798. The present day Berkeley County (with boundaries similar to the original Berkeley County) was established in 1882.<ref>[http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/berkeley_county_sc.html "Berkeley County"]</ref> Learn more about the history of Berkeley County from the [http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/ South Carolina State Library] or from [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/berkeley_county_sc.html Carolana.com].
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==== Parent County/Boundary Changes  ====
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*'''1682''' - [[Berkeley (1682-1768) County, South Carolina|Berkeley 1682-1765]] created as one of the original Proprietary Counties of South Carolina
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*'''1685''' - [[Berkeley (1682-1768) County, South Carolina|Berkeley 1682-1768]] exchanged with [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton County]] and gained from [[Craven County, South Carolina|Craven County]].
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*'''1706''' - Parishes created within the borders of Berkeley 1682-1768 County included [[St. Johns, Berkeley, Parish, South Carolina|St. Johns]], [[St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina|St. Thomas and St. Denis]], [[Christ Church Parish, South Carolina|Christ Church]], [[St. Philips Parish, South Carolina|St. Philips]], [[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek]], and [[St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina|St. Andrews]].
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*'''1733''' - County boundaries extended inland.
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*'''1765''' - [[St. Matthews Parish, South Carolina|St. Matthew's Parish]] created within Berkeley 1682-1768 County.
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*'''1769''' - Counties eliminated in favor of Districts. Berkeley became part of [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]].
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*'''1785''' - A new version of [[Berkeley (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Berkeley 1785-1791]] (covering a different area) created within [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]]. Never became functional.
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*'''1791''' - Non-functioning Berkeley County abolished.
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*'''1882''' - Present-day [[Berkeley_County,_South_Carolina|Berkeley County]] created from [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston County]] (with similar boundaries to the original Berkeley County).
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*'''1893''' - Charleston gained from Berkeley County.
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*'''1897''' - [[Dorchester County, South Carolina|Dorchester]] created from Berkeley and [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton]] Counties.
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*'''1921''' - Charleston gained from Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
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For more information as well as maps of Berkeley County through time, see the [http://scdah.sc.gov/Pages/default.aspx South Carolina State Archives] or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/southcarolina/ "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
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==== County Seat  ====
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The county seat of Berkeley County is Moncks Corner.
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==== County Pronunciation  ====
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[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SC-berkeley.ogg Hear it spoken].<ref>Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).</ref>
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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===Populated Places===
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://southcarolina.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,015,c,berkeley.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Berkeley County, South Carolina," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_County,_South_Carolina, accessed 21 December 2019.</ref>
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{{Populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charleston,_South_Carolina Charleston]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_Creek,_South_Carolina Goose Creek]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanahan,_South_Carolina Hanahan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Charleston,_South_Carolina North Charleston]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneau,_South_Carolina Bonneau]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamestown,_South_Carolina Jamestown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moncks_Corner,_South_Carolina Moncks Corner]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Stephen,_South_Carolina St. Stephen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerville,_South_Carolina Summerville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross,_South_Carolina Cross]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gumville,_South_Carolina Gumville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huger,_South_Carolina Huger]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneau_Beach,_South_Carolina Bonneau Beach]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladson,_South_Carolina Ladson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinopolis,_South_Carolina Pinopolis]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russellville,_South_Carolina Russellville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangaree,_South_Carolina Sangaree]
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== Resources  ==
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==== Research Guides  ====
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*''[http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/rg0008.htm South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Berkeley County]'', available online, courtesy: [http://scdah.sc.gov/ South Carolina Department of Archives and History].
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=== African Americans  ===
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[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Berkeley County, South Carolina African Americans]]
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=== Cemeteries  ===
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
 
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| Alvin
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
| Floricane (hist.)
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| Moncks Corner
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=191493&subject_disp=South+Carolina%2C+Berkeley%2C+Saint+Stephens&columns=*,0,0 Saint Stephen]
 
 
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| Ararat
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
| Fox Bank (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|445830|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| Moorefield
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/South-Carolina/Berkeley-County?id=county_2320 Findagrave.com]
| Sandridge
 
 
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| Avendaughbough (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.scgenweb.org/berkeley/Cemeteries.html SCGenWeb]
| Gehlkin (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Berkeley+South+Carolina&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
| Moreland
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
| Sandy Run (hist.)
 
 
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| Berkeley Hills
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/southcarolina/berkeley.html Tombstone Project]
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=191491&subject_disp=South+Carolina%2C+Berkeley%2C+Goose+Creek&columns=*,0,0 Goose Creek]  
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| Moss Pond (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393315&reqParentsLabel=Berkeley%2C%20South%20Carolina%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
| Santee (hist.)
 
 
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| Bethera
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/sc/berkeley.htm SCInterment]
| Gravel Hill (hist.)
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| Mount Holly
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| Santee Circle
 
 
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| Beufordtown
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
| Green Bay
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| Mudville (hist.)
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| Shulerville
 
 
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| Black Tom (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[South Carolina Cemeteries| South Carolina Cemeteries]] for more information.
| Green Hill (hist.)
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| Murraysville
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*To view a cemetery list, see [[Berkeley County, South Carolina Cemeteries]].
| Simmonsville
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*[http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/state.asp?State=SC National Cemetery Administration]
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| Bonneau
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=== Census  ===
| Grove Hall
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*'''1829-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2524910|South Carolina, State and Territorial Censuses, 1829-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
| Murrell (hist.)  
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| Simpson Crossing
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==== Federal  ====
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{{Historical populations
| Bonneau Beach
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|type = USA
| Hagan
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|heading = Census
| Newland
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkeley_County,_South_Carolina#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
| Spring Head (hist.)
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|1890 |55428
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|1900 |30454
| Bombaretta (hist.)  
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|1910 |23487
| Hanahan
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|1920 |22558
| North End (hist.)  
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|1930 |22236
| Spring Hill (hist.)
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|1940 |27128
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|1950 |30251
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|1960 |38196
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|1970 |56199
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|1980 |94727
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|1990 |128776
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|2000 |142651
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|2010 |177843
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1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Berkeley County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[South Carolina Census]]. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.
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See [[South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.
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=== Church Records  ===
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[http://scgen.org/church/berkeley.htm Berkeley County Churches] identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: [http://scgen.org/ South Carolina Genealogical Society].
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For documents of people who lived in this area from 1706 to 1785, look in:<ref>"South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1775" [map] in ''Carolana'' at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_districts_parishes_1775.html (accessed 23 June 2011).</ref>
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:*[[St. Andrews Parish, South Carolina|St. Andrew's Parish]] since 1706
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:*[[St. James Goose Creek Parish, South Carolina|St. James Goose Creek Parish]] since 1706
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:*[[St. Johns Berkeley Parish, South Carolina|St. John's Berkeley Parish]] since 1706
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:*[[St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, South Carolina|St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish]] since 1706
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393315&reqParentsLabel=Berkeley%2C%20South%20Carolina%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
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=== Court Records  ===
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=== DNA  ===
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{{DNA}} DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.
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=== Genealogy  ===
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*'''[Allston]''' Groves, Joseph A. ''The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina Compiled from English, Colonial and Family Records, with Personal Reminiscences, Also Notes of Some Allied Families''. Selma, Ga.: J.G. Groves, 1902. {{FHL|205847|item}} 896812 Item 1
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*'''[Allston]''' Allston, Susan Lowndes. ''Brookgreen Waccamaw in the Carolina Low Country''. Charleston, S.C.: Walker, Evans &amp; Cogswell, 1935. {{FHL|991784|item}} 929.273 AL58a
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*'''[Anderson]''' McNees, Lucien L. ''Descendants of Capt. Henry Anderson, Sr. of Newberry County, South Carolina''. Ebenezer, Miss.: L.L.&nbsp;McNees, 1972. {{FHL|259982|item}} 1035998 Item 2
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*'''[Ball] '''Deas, Anne Simons. ''Recollections of the Ball family of South Carolina and the Comingtee plantations. ''Summerville, SC, 1904. Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/recollectionsofb00deas American Libraries].
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*'''[Ball]&nbsp;''' ''John Ball and Keating Simons Ball Books, 1779-1911.''&nbsp; [http://www.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/b/Ball,John.html The Southern Historical Collections at the Louis Round WIlson Special Collections Library.]
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*'''[Broughton]''' Broughton, M. Leon. ''Broughton Memoirs''. Dallas, Texas: M.L. Broughton, 1972. {{FHL|431512|item}} 929.273 B797b 1972
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*'''[Capers]''' MacDowell, Dorothy K. ''Descendants of William Capers and Richard Capers and Related Families''. Aiken, S.C.: D.K. MacDowell, 1973. {{FHL|194454|item}}&nbsp;929.273 C171m&nbsp;
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*'''[Carter] '''''Pedigree of the Descendants of Thomas Cater, Planter of Berkeley County, S. C., Will Dated, 1730''. FHL US/CAN&nbsp;Pedigree File no. 456.
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*'''[Cuttino]''' Cuttino, G.P. ''History of the Cuttino Family''. Atlanta, Ga.: Emory University, 1982. {{FHL|71018|item}} 929.273 C982c
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*'''[Dorroh]''' Munger, Rose McDavid. ''McDavid - Dorroh Families''. [Birmingham, Ala.]: R.D. Munger, [196-]. {{FHL|213584|item}} 823730 Item 4
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*'''[Fuller]''' Fuller, John Beattie. ''Captain William Fuller (1620-1695)''. Astor, Fla.: Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, [2008]. {{FHL|1661424|item}} 929.273 F959fjw
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*'''[Goble]''' Goble, Robert. ''The Cupboard in the Attic: Goble Family History - Goble's Corners to Penhurst Farm''. Cobble Hill, British Columbia: Greyridge Productions, 2004. {{FHL|1649586|item}} 929.271 G538g
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*'''[Gordon]''' Marshall, Erminie Northcutt. ''Gordons of the Deep South''. Austin, Texas: [E.N. Marshall], 1961. {{FHL|650143|item}} 929.273 G653ma
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*'''[Haworth]''' Haworth, C.V. ''Haworths in America. ca.1600-1950: Genealogy of the Family of James Haworth, Fourth Son of George and Sarah (Scarborough) Haworth''. Typescript. Microfilmed 1959. {{FHL|412783|item}} 201403 Item 5
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*'''[Huggins]''' Huggins, George Allen. ''Genealogy, Huggins (Huygens--Huyghens), 1682-1934''. S.C.?: G.A. Huggins, Jr., 1934. {{FHL|234733|item}} 1401457
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*'''[Lee]''' Jamison, Elizabeth Ann Arledge. ''Past, Present and Future Generations of the Sligh and Lee Families of South Carolina''. Franklin, Tenn.: E.A.A. Jamison, 1997.&nbsp;{{FHL|962961|item}}&nbsp;929.273 L51je; digital version at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/574148-past-present-and-future-generations-of-the-sligh-and-lee-families-of-south-carolina?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library];
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*'''[McCarley]''' McAfee, Jane Berry. ''The McCarley Memories''. Farmersville, Texas: Search-N-Print, 1980. {{FHL|318930|item}} 929.273 M126mj
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*'''[McCrary]''' Reynolds, Harriet Dickson. ''Colonel Robert McCrary (1732-1804) of North Carolina and Some of His Descendants in Georgia and Alabama''. Typescript. {{FHL|56740|item}}&nbsp;929.273 M137rhd&nbsp;
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*'''[Mell]''' Mell, P.H. and Eliza Elizabeth Cooper Pell. ''The Genealogy of the Mell Family in the Southern States''. Auburn, Ala.: Dr. &amp; Mrs. P.M. Pell, 1897. {{FHL|178777|item}} 1016937 Item 12
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*'''[Miller]''' White, Margaret Miller. ''The Huguenot Millers: A Family History''. [Miss.]: S.M.M. White, 1986. {{FHL|532359|item}} 929.273 M612wm
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*'''[Mounier]''' White, Margaret Miller. ''The Huguenot Millers: A Family History''. [Miss.]: S.M.M.&nbsp;White, 1986. {{FHL|532359|item}} 929.273 M612wm
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*'''[Norman]''' Carson, Maggie Laurie and Margaret Newman. ''The Normans, 1720-1976, and Information on the Walker, Clayton and Weir Families of Mississippi:&nbsp;A Genealogical Record, 1975-1976, in Memory of Marguerite Norman Caver, Who Kept a Family Record in Pictures Which Made Possible Our Research''. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Round Table Press, 1976. {{FHL|183163|item}} 929.273 N781cm
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*'''[Palmer]''' Towles, Louis P. ''A World Turned Upside Down: The Palmers of South Santee, 1818-1881''. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. {{FHL|818045|item}} 929.273 P182wt
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*'''[Ramsey]''' Ramsey, James. ''Ramsey Roots and Branches''. Houston, Texas: J. Ramsey, 1980. {{FHL|158285|item}} 929.273 R149rj
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*'''[Ravenel] '''Ravenel, Henry James.&nbsp;''Ravenel Records: A History and Genealogy of the Huguenot Family of Ravenel, of South Carolina; with Some Incidental Account of the Parish of St. Johns Berkeley, which was Their Principal Location''. Atlanta, Ga.: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co., 1898. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=_jpMAAAAMAAJ Google Books]. 1964-1973 supplements: {{FHL|513033|item}} 1486610 Items 8-9
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*'''[Ravenel]''' Ravenel, Henry Edmund. ''Ravenel Records New Edition with Penciled Marginal Notes and Annotations, Including a Copy of a Letter to Capt. Daniele Ravenel by Benjamin Mazÿck, 29th June 1776''. Dunwoody, Ga.: Norman S. Berg, 1971. {{FHL|38466|item}} 929.273 R196r 1971
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*'''[Slappey]''' Slappey, Lennick M. and Mary T. Slappey. ''Hans (John) George Slappey''. Americus, Ga.: L.M. Slappey, Sr., 1982. {{FHL|110205|item}} 929.273 SL13s
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*'''[Snelgrove]''' Snelgrove, Price Charles. ''Freeman Snelgrove and Some of His Descendants''. Alford, Fla.: P.C. Snelgrove, 1993. {{FHL|652664|item}} 929.273 Sn27sp
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*'''[Sparks]''' Sparks, Kenneth Edgar. ''The History of a Sparks Family''. Vancouver, Wash.: K.E. Sparks, 1974. {{FHL|120481|item}} 1206299 Item 21
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*'''[Winchester]''' Crowe, Winifred Winchester. ''Our Winchester Generation, 1975''. Typescript. Microfilmed 1978. {{FHL|199998|item}} 1036648 Item 25
 +
 
 +
==== Historic Residences  ====
 +
 
 +
*Lees, William B. "The Historical Development of Limerick Plantation, a Tidewater Rice Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina, 1683-1945," ''The South Carolina Historical Magazine'', Vol. 82, No. 1 (Jan., 1981), pp. 44-62. Digital version at [http://www.jstor.org/stable/27567665 JSTOR] ($).
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=== History  ===
 +
 
 +
*Bridges, Anne B. ''St. James Santee Plantation Parish [South Carolina]: History &amp; Records, 1685-1925 ''( Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., c1997 ), 541 pages. Civil War pages 195-227. Includes church records for St. James Santee, 1758-1788 (Church of England); previously unpublished records, 1846-1921 (assumed to be Episcopalian). Also includes cemetery records for the church and lists of French and Swiss refugees and inhabitants. The old parish existed in today's Charleston and Berkeley counties. Book found at {{FHL|734731|item|disp=FHL 975.79 H2b}} ▲ {{WorldCat|35646490}}
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*Dubose, Samuel, and Frederick A. Porcher. ''A Contribution to the History of the Huguenots of South Carolina, Consisting of Pamphlets ''([S.l.]: T. Gaillard Thomas, c1972), 48 pages. Historical sketches of the Huguenot families which settled in the alluvial regions within fifty miles of Charleston. FHL book at {{FHL|442623|item|disp=FHL 975.7 F2d}} ▲ {{WorldCat|70262880}}. Digital copies at [http://books.google.com/books?id=07gBAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=A+contribution+to+the+history+of+the+Huguenots+of+South+Carolina+:+consisting+of+pamphlets&hl=en&ei=_sdaTcXiH4KusAPrtYG-AQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/stream/acontributionto00dubogoog#page/n4/mode/2up Internet Archives.]
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*Easterby, James H. ''Wadboo Barony: Its Fate as Told in Colleton Family Papers, 1773-1793 ''(Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, c1952), 684 pages. The barony was located in today's Berkeley County, South Carolina. Book at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/829825 FHL] ▲ {{WorldCat|1854693}}.
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*Orvin, Maxwell Clayton. ''Monck's Corner, Berkeley County, South Carolina''. Charleston, S.C.?: unknown, 1950. Digital version at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22877 Ancestry] ($).  
 +
*Stockton, Robert P. ''Historic Resources of Berkeley County, South Carolina ''(Moncks Corner, South Carolina: Berkeley County Historical Society, South Carolina, c1990 ), 71 pages. This work is based on the Berkeley County Architectural and Historical Inventory completed before Hurricane Hugo. Includes descriptions and photos of historical sites. Book found at {{FHL|395884|item|disp=FHL 975.793 J7h}} ▲ {{WorldCat|49496986}}.
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=== Land  ===
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Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see [[South Carolina Land and Property]].
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Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for&nbsp;Berkeley County:
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1" align="center" style="width: 350px; height: 75px;"
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|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Berkeley County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts<ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>'''
 
|-
 
|-
| Buck Hall (hist.)
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="50" | Date
| Harristown
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| bgcolor="#ffffcc" align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" | Government Office &nbsp;
| Oakley
 
| Spring Plain (hist.)
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Burtons (hist.)
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| align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" | 1882-present
| Hickory Grove (hist.)
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" | ''Berkeley County''
| Old Cordesville
 
| Strawberry
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Caromi Village
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| align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" | 1868-1882
| Highland Park
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" | ''Charleston County''
| Old&nbsp;Joe
 
| Tiger Corner (hist.)
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Casey Hill (hist.)
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| align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" | 1785-1800
| Honey Hill
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" | ''Washington County''
| Old Vat (hist.)
 
| Turkey Pond
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Chapel Hill (hist.)
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| align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" | 1710-1868
| Hope (hist.)
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" | ''Charleston District''
| Palmerville
 
| Wampee
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Charity
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| align="center" width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" | 1670-1710
| Huge<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1264885535093_334" />r
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| align="center" width="16%" valign="middle" height="25" | ''Proprietary Land Grants''
| Pigeon Bay (hist.)
 
| Wando
 
|-
 
| Cherry Hill
 
| Jamestown
 
| Pimlico
 
| Wappoola
 
|-
 
| Chicora
 
| Kitfield (hist.)
 
| Pine Grove
 
| Washington
 
|-
 
| Childsbury
 
| Kittredge
 
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=191492&subject_disp=South+Carolina%2C+Berkeley%2C+Pineville&columns=*,0,0 Pineville]
 
| Wassamassaw (hist.)
 
|-
 
| Church Hill (hist.)
 
| Ladson
 
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=1132156&subject_disp=South+Carolina%2C+Berkeley%2C+Pinopolis&columns=*,0,0 Pinopolis]
 
| Whitesville
 
|-
 
| Comingtee
 
| Legare (hist.)
 
| Pringletown
 
| Wilder
 
|-
 
| Conifer (hist.)
 
| Limerick
 
| Prioleau
 
| Witherbee
 
|-
 
| Cordesville
 
| Locklair (hist.)
 
| Razorville (hist.)
 
| Woodland
 
|-
 
| Corsada (hist.)
 
| Long Ridge
 
| Region Town (hist.)
 
| Wrangle Town (hist.)
 
|-
 
| Cross
 
| Macbeth
 
| Remleys (hist.)
 
| Yellow House (hist.)
 
|-
 
| Driggerstown
 
| Matassee (hist.)
 
| Rice Hope
 
|
 
|-
 
| Eadytown
 
| Melgrove (hist.)
 
| Richmond
 
|
 
|-
 
| Ellwood
 
| Mepkin
 
| Russellville
 
|  
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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*'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868''''' For information about the State Land Grants, see [[South Carolina Land and Property#Plats_For_State_Land_Grants_1784-1868|State Land Grants]]
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 +
*Chapman, Charles S. ''A Working Plan for Forest Lands in Berkeley County, South Carolina''. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=gsYYAAAAYAAJ Google Books].
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=== Maps ===
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393315&reqParentsLabel=Berkeley%2C%20South%20Carolina%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
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{{SC Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{SC Berkeley County}}}}
  
*[[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston]]
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=== Migration  ===
*[[Clarendon County, South Carolina|Clarendon]]
 
*[[Dorchester County, South Carolina|Dorchester]]
 
*[[Georgetown County, South Carolina|Georgetown]]
 
*[[Orangeburg County, South Carolina|Orangeburg]]
 
*[[Williamsburg County, South Carolina|Williamsburg]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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Early migration routes to and from Berkeley County for European settlers included:<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.'' (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. ({{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}) ▲ {{WorldCat|50140092}}, and William E. Myer, ''Indian Trails of the Southeast''. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). ({{FHL|54678|item|disp=FHL Book 970.1 M992i}}) ▲ {{WorldCat|1523234}}.</ref>
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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:*[[Old South Carolina State Road]] 1747
{{RAOGKcemetery}}
 
==== Church  ====
 
  
==== Court ====
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=== Military ===
  
==== Family Histories ====
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==== Revolutionary War ====
  
It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:  
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*"Pee Dee supplies for the siege of Charleston, 1780," ''Darlington Flag'', Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Hartsville, SC.
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*"Battle of the Great Cane Brake on the Reedy River, 1775," ''Greenville County Historical Society Proceedings and Papers'', 2005, Volume 12. Greenville County Historical Society: Greenville, SC.
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*"Elizabeth Jackson, Waxham women aid Revolutionary soldiers, Charleston, 1781," ''Chester District Genealogical Society Bulletin'', March 2003, Volume 27, Issue 1. Chester County Genealogical Society: Richburg, SC. {{FHL|386053|item|disp=FHL Book 975.74 D25b, Film 2416428, 2406014, 2416420, 2435185, 1709620}}.
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*"Rebel prisoners from Charleston, 1780," ''Ancient City Genealogist'', February 2002, Volume 13, Issue 1. St. Augustine Genealogical Society: St. Augustine, Florida.
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*"Nathanael Greene's troops attack British, 1781," ''St. Lucie River Whig'', Summer 2000, Volume 8, Issue 3. St. Lucie River Chapter: Lucie, Florida.
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*"Dorchester its mystery fort," ''Americana'', April 1933, Volume 27, Issue 2. American Historical Society: Somerville, New Jersey. {{FHL|100512|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2a}}
  
*Locate publications about direct ancestors
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==== War of 1812  ====
*Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
 
*Identify publications, to quote [[Elizabeth Shown Mills|Elizabeth Shown Mills]], about an ancestor's "FAN Club" ['''F'''riends, '''A'''ssociates, and '''N'''eighbors]
 
  
'''General'''  
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*''List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance...'' Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. {{FHL|286899|item|disp=FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5}}; digital versions at [http://books.google.com/books?id=t7oqAAAAMAAJ Google Books] and [http://www.archive.org/details/listpensionerso02buregoog Internet Archive]. See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Berkeley County, p. 182. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.
  
As of August 2010, a query for [http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=Search&includedb=&lang=en&ti=&surname=&stype=Exact&given=&bplace=Berkeley+South+Carolina&byear=&brange=0&dplace=&dyear=&drange=0&mplace=&myear=&mrange=0&father=&mother=&spouse=&skipdb=&period=All&submit.x=Search persons born in Berkeley, South Carolina] at ''[[World Connect|World Connect]]'', results in more than 7,500 entries.
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==== Civil War  ====
  
Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's [http://www.andreafiles.com/files.php Files]&nbsp;| [http://www.andreafiles.com/folders.php Folders]&nbsp;| [http://www.andreafiles.com/resources.php Resources] are available online, courtesy: [http://www.andreafiles.com/ The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research]. [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina Genealogy|Learn more]].
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1849624|South Carolina Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861 - 1865''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
'''Bibliography'''
+
<br>
  
==== Land  ====
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'''''Regiments.'''''Berkeley County did not exist during the Civil War. Present day Berkeley County was created 31 January 1882 from [[Charleston County, South Carolina|Charleston County]]. During the Civil War, men from the area of Berkeley County mostly would have served in various regiments recruited in Charleston County. Counties were called districts during the Civil War.
  
'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''
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<br>
  
This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and&nbsp;the Columbia Series&nbsp;with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.&nbsp; All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Search.aspx?br=1 On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>
+
''Other Resources''
 +
*Bridges, Anne B. ''St. James Santee Plantation Parish [South Carolina]: History &amp; Records, 1685-1925 ''( Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., c1997 ), 541 pages. Civil War pages 195-227. Includes church records for St. James Santee, 1758-1788 (Church of England); previously unpublished records, 1846-1921 (assumed to be Episcopalian). Also includes cemetery records for the church and lists of French &amp; Swiss refugees &amp; inhabitants. The old parish existed in today's Charleston &amp; Berkeley counties. {{FHL|734731|item|disp=FHL 975.79 H2b}} ▲ {{WorldCat|35646490}}.
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*Jervey, Susan Revenel and Revenel, Charlotte St. Julien. ''Diaries of '65: journals kept by Miss Susan Ravenal Jervey of Northampton Plantation and Miss Charlotte St. Julien Ravenel of Pooshee Plantation''. (Johns Island, South Carolina: Philip L. Bradley, 1994). Title of original: Two diaries: from middle St. John's Berkeley, South Carolina, February-May, 1865. {{FHL|711019|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 H29d.}}
  
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.
+
=== Newspapers  ===
  
Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.
+
'''''Historic'''''
  
==== Local Histories  ====
+
The [http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress] has identified the following historic newspapers for Berkeley County, South Carolina on their [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.
  
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn95079550/ ''South Carolina Temperance Advocate and Register of Agriculture and General Literature''] (Columbia, S.C.) 1841-1854.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn92065414/ ''The Berkeley County Gazette''] (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) 1882-189?.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93063921/ ''The Berkeley Democrat''] (Monck's Corners, S.C.) 1913-1990.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067970/ ''The Berkeley Independent''] (Moncks Corner, S.C.) 1987-current.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn95077206/ ''The Echo and Press'']&amp; (Monck's Corner, S.C.) 1899-1917.
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn93067974/ ''The Goose Creek Gazette''] (Goose Creek, S.C.) 1979-current.
  
==== Military  ====
+
'''''Current'''''
  
==== Newspapers ====
+
=== Periodicals ===
 +
 
 +
See: [[Periodicals]] for description.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*Coldham, Peter Wilson. ''North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857.'' Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. {{FHL|942 P27c 2007}} [Includes wills of residents of Christ Church Parish, St. John's Parish,&nbsp;and Berkeley County proved in London, see place-name index. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
+
Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”<ref>Henry Campbell Black, ''Black's Law Dictionary,'' 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."</ref> Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, [[United States Probate Wills|wills]], bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records&nbsp;in [[South Carolina Probate Records|South Carolina]].
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 +
*Coldham, Peter Wilson. ''North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857.'' Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. {{FHL|1384506|item|disp=FHL Book 942 P27c 2007}} [Includes wills of residents of Christ Church Parish, St. John's Parish, and Berkeley County proved in London, see place-name index. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]  
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*Abstracts of Wills of Charleston District, South Carolina and other wills recorded in the districts, 1783-1800. By Caroline T. Moore. {{FHL|203373|item|disp=FHL Book 975.79 S2m}} Includes index.
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 +
'''Online Probate Records'''
 +
*'''1670-1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9080 South Carolina Wills and Probate Records 1670-1980] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $ 
 +
*'''1671-1977''' {{RecordSearch|1919417|South Carolina Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes 1671-1977}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images 
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*'''1732-1964''' {{RecordSearch|1911928|South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers 1732-1964}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1782-1866''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/south-carolina-will-transcripts-1782-1866 South Carolina, Will Transcripts 1782-1866] at [https://www.findmypast.com/ findmypast] — $, index
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 +
=== Taxation  ===
 +
 
 +
Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.
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 +
*South Carolina Department of Archives and History [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/guide/CountyRecords/rg0008.htm tax lists] for Berkeley County.<br>
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 +
'''''Published abstracts '''''
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 +
*'''1768''' - Quit Rent Rolls.<ref>Mary Bondurant Warren, ''Citizens and Immigrants--South Carolina, 1768'' (Athens, Ga.: Heritage Papers, 1994). Quit Rent begins on page 255.</ref> {{FHL|709348|item|disp=FHL Book 975.7 N28w 1994}} Includes Berkeley County
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 +
=== Vital Records  ===
 +
 
 +
Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.
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 +
==== Birth  ====
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 +
State-wide birth registration began in 1915. For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health]. The Berkeley County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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 +
''Births and Birth Substitutes- Indexes''
 +
 
 +
*'''1766-1900''' - {{RecordSearch|2512859|South Carolina, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1766-1900}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1680-1884''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4672 ''St.Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884''] on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] <ref>Ancestry.com. St. Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, in South Carolina, from 1680 to 1884. Columbia, SC, USA: Walker, Evans and Cogswell, 1884.</ref> - Fee, free at [[Family History Library|FHL]] and [[Introduction to Family History Centers|FHC]]; church records of birth, baptisms, marriages, and burials
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 +
==== Marriage  ====
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 +
In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See [[South Carolina Vital Records#Marriage_Records|South Carolina Vital Records]] for more information.
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 +
The [https://berkeleycountysc.gov/drupal/probate Berkeley County probate court] holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/index.htm South Carolina Division of Vital Records] has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.
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 +
Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See [[South Carolina Newspapers]].
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 +
''Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes''
 +
 
 +
*'''1680-1884''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4672 ''St.Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884''] on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] <ref>Ancestry.com. St. Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, in South Carolina, from 1680 to 1884. Columbia, SC, USA: Walker, Evans and Cogswell, 1884.</ref> - Fee, free at [[Family History Library|FHL]] and [[Introduction to Family History Centers|FHC]]; church records of birth, baptisms, marriages, and burials
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*There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in&nbsp; some counties of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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 +
==== Death  ====
 +
 
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State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the [http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/vr/ South Carolina Department of Health]. The Berkeley County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years. For more information, see the [[South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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''Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records''
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*'''1680-1884''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4672 ''St.Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884''] on [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] <ref>Ancestry.com. St. Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, in South Carolina, from 1680 to 1884. Columbia, SC, USA: Walker, Evans and Cogswell, 1884.</ref> - Fee, free at [[Family History Library|FHL]] and [[Introduction to Family History Centers|FHC]]; church records of birth, baptisms, marriages, and burials
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*'''1816-1990''' - {{RecordSearch|3518732|South Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1816-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1915-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417492|South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the [[South Carolina Vital Records#South_Carolina.C2.A0Birth.2C_Marriage_and_Death_Records_Online|South Carolina Vital Records]] page.
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== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
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'''[http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/ Berkeley County Library System]<br>'''The Berkley County Library System comprises six libraries of Berkeley County, South Carolina. The main branch in the system is at Moncks Corner.&nbsp; The Berkeley County Library System is on [https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyLibrarySC/ Facebook] and it has a [http://berkeleycountylibrary.blogspot.com/ blog].
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*'''Moncks Corner Library'''<br>'''Address:<br>'''PO Box 1239 <br>1003 Hwy. 52 <br>Moncks Corner, SC 29461<br>'''Telephone:''' (843) 719-4223 <br>'''Fax:''' (843) 719-4226 <br>'''Website:''' http://www.bcls.sc.gov <br>The main collection of genealogical and historical materials is housed in the South Carolina Room of the Moncks Corner library. Some of their holdings include microfilm, microfiche, or book collections<br>such as:<br>- Death Certificates of South Carolina 1915-1960; <br>- Census: Mortality Schedules for South Carolina counties-1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Census of the United States 1790-1930 (Local Districts/Berkeley County Parishes/Counties), plus the Soundex to the 1930 Census for South Carolina; <br>- Newspapers: Berkeley Democrat 27 Sept 1928 - 3 Jan 1990 (no issues available for 1966-1968), Berkeley Independent 21 Oct 1987 - 25 Sept 2002 (Note: Hard copies of the Berkeley Independent (past - present) are available in our General Ref. area- W.P.A. Tombstone Inscriptions, South Carolina Historical Society-- 1930s W.P.A. Inventories of Church Archives (Berkeley County) <br>- Histories about Moncks Corner//Berkeley County and other areas in South Carolina<br>- Genealogical Magazines<br>- Some family histories<br>- Cemetery Inscriptions Books (Local)
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*'''Daniel Island Library<br>'''2301 Daniel Island Drive<br>Daniel Island, South Carolina 29492
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*'''Sangaree Library <br>'''595 Sangaree Parkway <br>Summerville, South Carolina 29483
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*'''Goose Creek Library <br>'''325 Old Moncks Corner Road <br>Goose Creek, SC 29445
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*'''Hanahan Library <br>'''1274 Yeamans Hall Road <br>Hanahan, South Carolina 29406
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*'''Saint Stephen Library <br>'''1104 S. Main Street <br>Saint Stephen, South Carolina 29479
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*[http://www.berkeleymuseum.org/ Berkeley Museum]<br>950 Stony Landing Road<br>Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461-2944<br>(843) 899-5101
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/southcarolina/berkeley-county/ Berkeley County, SC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=191490&subject_disp=South+Carolina%2C+Berkeley&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]  
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*[http://www.scgenweb.org/berkeley/ Berkeley County, SCGenWeb]  
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/SC/Berkeley/ Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/SC/Berkeley/ Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)  
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*[http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/berkeley_county_original.html Berkeley County, South Carolina], courtesy: [http://www.carolana.com/ Carolana.com]. Includes history.
  
 
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Guide to Berkeley County, South Carolina ancestry, family history and genealogy court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.


Berkeley County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Berkeley County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 31, 1882
County Seat Moncks Corner
Courthouse


Cypress Garden, Berkeley County, South Carolina.jpg

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county is named for both John and William Berkeley, co-owners of the Province of Carolina. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

Berkeley County, South Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1911 1915 1881 1883 1883 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Berkeley Courthouse


Berkeley County Courthouse
223 North Live Oak Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461-2331
Phone: 843-761-6900

Berkeley County Probate Court
300 California Avenue
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-719-4519

Register of Deeds
1003 Highway 52
Moncks Corner, SC 29461-6120
Phone: 843-719-4084

Clerk of Courts
300-BCalifornia Ave.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-719-4400

Hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

Modern Berkeley County created in 1882 is not to be confused with the two previously extinct counties of the same name.

Berkeley County was named for Lord Proprieters of South Carolina Lord John Berkeley and Sir William Berkeley.[3] Berkeley County has existed as three incarnations. It was created as one of the original South Carolina counties in 1682. At the time, all formal business was conducted in Charles Town and the counties were used to locate property. The original Berkeley County was abolished in 1768 after the District Court Act was passed. A second incarnation of Berkely County was created within Charleston District with the passage of the 1785 County Court Act but never became functional and was abolished in 1798. The present day Berkeley County (with boundaries similar to the original Berkeley County) was established in 1882.[4] Learn more about the history of Berkeley County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For more information as well as maps of Berkeley County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

County Seat[edit | edit source]

The county seat of Berkeley County is Moncks Corner.

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Hear it spoken.[5]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Resources[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

Gotoarrow.pngBerkeley County, South Carolina African Americans

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
SCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project FamilySearch Places
SCInterment
Billion Graves
See South Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 55,428
1900 30,454 −45.1%
1910 23,487 −22.9%
1920 22,558 −4.0%
1930 22,236 −1.4%
1940 27,128 22.0%
1950 30,251 11.5%
1960 38,196 26.3%
1970 56,199 47.1%
1980 94,727 68.6%
1990 128,776 35.9%
2000 142,651 10.8%
2010 177,843 24.7%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Berkeley County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Berkeley County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

For documents of people who lived in this area from 1706 to 1785, look in:[7]


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

DNA[edit | edit source]

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

  • [Allston] Groves, Joseph A. The Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina Compiled from English, Colonial and Family Records, with Personal Reminiscences, Also Notes of Some Allied Families. Selma, Ga.: J.G. Groves, 1902. FHL Collection 896812 Item 1
  • [Allston] Allston, Susan Lowndes. Brookgreen Waccamaw in the Carolina Low Country. Charleston, S.C.: Walker, Evans & Cogswell, 1935. FHL Collection 929.273 AL58a
  • [Anderson] McNees, Lucien L. Descendants of Capt. Henry Anderson, Sr. of Newberry County, South Carolina. Ebenezer, Miss.: L.L. McNees, 1972. FHL Collection 1035998 Item 2
  • [Ball] Deas, Anne Simons. Recollections of the Ball family of South Carolina and the Comingtee plantations. Summerville, SC, 1904. Digital version at American Libraries.
  • [Ball]  John Ball and Keating Simons Ball Books, 1779-1911.  The Southern Historical Collections at the Louis Round WIlson Special Collections Library.
  • [Broughton] Broughton, M. Leon. Broughton Memoirs. Dallas, Texas: M.L. Broughton, 1972. FHL Collection 929.273 B797b 1972
  • [Capers] MacDowell, Dorothy K. Descendants of William Capers and Richard Capers and Related Families. Aiken, S.C.: D.K. MacDowell, 1973. FHL Collection 929.273 C171m 
  • [Carter] Pedigree of the Descendants of Thomas Cater, Planter of Berkeley County, S. C., Will Dated, 1730. FHL US/CAN Pedigree File no. 456.
  • [Cuttino] Cuttino, G.P. History of the Cuttino Family. Atlanta, Ga.: Emory University, 1982. FHL Collection 929.273 C982c
  • [Dorroh] Munger, Rose McDavid. McDavid - Dorroh Families. [Birmingham, Ala.]: R.D. Munger, [196-]. FHL Collection 823730 Item 4
  • [Fuller] Fuller, John Beattie. Captain William Fuller (1620-1695). Astor, Fla.: Fuller Genealogy Data Bank, [2008]. FHL Collection 929.273 F959fjw
  • [Goble] Goble, Robert. The Cupboard in the Attic: Goble Family History - Goble's Corners to Penhurst Farm. Cobble Hill, British Columbia: Greyridge Productions, 2004. FHL Collection 929.271 G538g
  • [Gordon] Marshall, Erminie Northcutt. Gordons of the Deep South. Austin, Texas: [E.N. Marshall], 1961. FHL Collection 929.273 G653ma
  • [Haworth] Haworth, C.V. Haworths in America. ca.1600-1950: Genealogy of the Family of James Haworth, Fourth Son of George and Sarah (Scarborough) Haworth. Typescript. Microfilmed 1959. FHL Collection 201403 Item 5
  • [Huggins] Huggins, George Allen. Genealogy, Huggins (Huygens--Huyghens), 1682-1934. S.C.?: G.A. Huggins, Jr., 1934. FHL Collection 1401457
  • [Lee] Jamison, Elizabeth Ann Arledge. Past, Present and Future Generations of the Sligh and Lee Families of South Carolina. Franklin, Tenn.: E.A.A. Jamison, 1997. FHL Collection 929.273 L51je; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library;
  • [McCarley] McAfee, Jane Berry. The McCarley Memories. Farmersville, Texas: Search-N-Print, 1980. FHL Collection 929.273 M126mj
  • [McCrary] Reynolds, Harriet Dickson. Colonel Robert McCrary (1732-1804) of North Carolina and Some of His Descendants in Georgia and Alabama. Typescript. FHL Collection 929.273 M137rhd 
  • [Mell] Mell, P.H. and Eliza Elizabeth Cooper Pell. The Genealogy of the Mell Family in the Southern States. Auburn, Ala.: Dr. & Mrs. P.M. Pell, 1897. FHL Collection 1016937 Item 12
  • [Miller] White, Margaret Miller. The Huguenot Millers: A Family History. [Miss.]: S.M.M. White, 1986. FHL Collection 929.273 M612wm
  • [Mounier] White, Margaret Miller. The Huguenot Millers: A Family History. [Miss.]: S.M.M. White, 1986. FHL Collection 929.273 M612wm
  • [Norman] Carson, Maggie Laurie and Margaret Newman. The Normans, 1720-1976, and Information on the Walker, Clayton and Weir Families of Mississippi: A Genealogical Record, 1975-1976, in Memory of Marguerite Norman Caver, Who Kept a Family Record in Pictures Which Made Possible Our Research. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Round Table Press, 1976. FHL Collection 929.273 N781cm
  • [Palmer] Towles, Louis P. A World Turned Upside Down: The Palmers of South Santee, 1818-1881. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press, 1996. FHL Collection 929.273 P182wt
  • [Ramsey] Ramsey, James. Ramsey Roots and Branches. Houston, Texas: J. Ramsey, 1980. FHL Collection 929.273 R149rj
  • [Ravenel] Ravenel, Henry James. Ravenel Records: A History and Genealogy of the Huguenot Family of Ravenel, of South Carolina; with Some Incidental Account of the Parish of St. Johns Berkeley, which was Their Principal Location. Atlanta, Ga.: The Franklin Printing and Publishing Co., 1898. Digital version at Google Books. 1964-1973 supplements: FHL Collection 1486610 Items 8-9
  • [Ravenel] Ravenel, Henry Edmund. Ravenel Records New Edition with Penciled Marginal Notes and Annotations, Including a Copy of a Letter to Capt. Daniele Ravenel by Benjamin Mazÿck, 29th June 1776. Dunwoody, Ga.: Norman S. Berg, 1971. FHL Collection 929.273 R196r 1971
  • [Slappey] Slappey, Lennick M. and Mary T. Slappey. Hans (John) George Slappey. Americus, Ga.: L.M. Slappey, Sr., 1982. FHL Collection 929.273 SL13s
  • [Snelgrove] Snelgrove, Price Charles. Freeman Snelgrove and Some of His Descendants. Alford, Fla.: P.C. Snelgrove, 1993. FHL Collection 929.273 Sn27sp
  • [Sparks] Sparks, Kenneth Edgar. The History of a Sparks Family. Vancouver, Wash.: K.E. Sparks, 1974. FHL Collection 1206299 Item 21
  • [Winchester] Crowe, Winifred Winchester. Our Winchester Generation, 1975. Typescript. Microfilmed 1978. FHL Collection 1036648 Item 25

Historic Residences[edit | edit source]

  • Lees, William B. "The Historical Development of Limerick Plantation, a Tidewater Rice Plantation in Berkeley County, South Carolina, 1683-1945," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 82, No. 1 (Jan., 1981), pp. 44-62. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

History[edit | edit source]

  • Bridges, Anne B. St. James Santee Plantation Parish [South Carolina]: History & Records, 1685-1925 ( Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., c1997 ), 541 pages. Civil War pages 195-227. Includes church records for St. James Santee, 1758-1788 (Church of England); previously unpublished records, 1846-1921 (assumed to be Episcopalian). Also includes cemetery records for the church and lists of French and Swiss refugees and inhabitants. The old parish existed in today's Charleston and Berkeley counties. Book found at FHL 975.79 H2bWorldCat 35646490
  • Dubose, Samuel, and Frederick A. Porcher. A Contribution to the History of the Huguenots of South Carolina, Consisting of Pamphlets ([S.l.]: T. Gaillard Thomas, c1972), 48 pages. Historical sketches of the Huguenot families which settled in the alluvial regions within fifty miles of Charleston. FHL book at FHL 975.7 F2dWorldCat 70262880. Digital copies at Google Books and Internet Archives.
  • Easterby, James H. Wadboo Barony: Its Fate as Told in Colleton Family Papers, 1773-1793 (Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, c1952), 684 pages. The barony was located in today's Berkeley County, South Carolina. Book at FHLWorldCat 1854693.
  • Orvin, Maxwell Clayton. Monck's Corner, Berkeley County, South Carolina. Charleston, S.C.?: unknown, 1950. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Stockton, Robert P. Historic Resources of Berkeley County, South Carolina (Moncks Corner, South Carolina: Berkeley County Historical Society, South Carolina, c1990 ), 71 pages. This work is based on the Berkeley County Architectural and Historical Inventory completed before Hurricane Hugo. Includes descriptions and photos of historical sites. Book found at FHL 975.793 J7hWorldCat 49496986.

Land[edit | edit source]

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Berkeley County:

Tracing Land Currently in Berkeley County with Parent Counties and Districts[8]
Date Government Office  
1882-present Berkeley County
1868-1882 Charleston County
1785-1800 Washington County
1710-1868 Charleston District
1670-1710 Proprietary Land Grants
  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants
  • Chapman, Charles S. A Working Plan for Forest Lands in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1905. Digital version at Google Books.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Clarendon CountyWilliamsburg CountyGeorgetown CountyCharleston CountyDorchester CountyOrangeburg CountySC BERKELEY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Berkeley County for European settlers included:[9]

Military[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

  • "Pee Dee supplies for the siege of Charleston, 1780," Darlington Flag, Fall 2006, Volume 18, Issue 4. Old Darlington District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Hartsville, SC.
  • "Battle of the Great Cane Brake on the Reedy River, 1775," Greenville County Historical Society Proceedings and Papers, 2005, Volume 12. Greenville County Historical Society: Greenville, SC.
  • "Elizabeth Jackson, Waxham women aid Revolutionary soldiers, Charleston, 1781," Chester District Genealogical Society Bulletin, March 2003, Volume 27, Issue 1. Chester County Genealogical Society: Richburg, SC. FHL Book 975.74 D25b, Film 2416428, 2406014, 2416420, 2435185, 1709620.
  • "Rebel prisoners from Charleston, 1780," Ancient City Genealogist, February 2002, Volume 13, Issue 1. St. Augustine Genealogical Society: St. Augustine, Florida.
  • "Nathanael Greene's troops attack British, 1781," St. Lucie River Whig, Summer 2000, Volume 8, Issue 3. St. Lucie River Chapter: Lucie, Florida.
  • "Dorchester its mystery fort," Americana, April 1933, Volume 27, Issue 2. American Historical Society: Somerville, New Jersey. FHL Book 973 B2a

War of 1812[edit | edit source]

  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Berkeley County, p. 182. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records


Regiments.Berkeley County did not exist during the Civil War. Present day Berkeley County was created 31 January 1882 from Charleston County. During the Civil War, men from the area of Berkeley County mostly would have served in various regiments recruited in Charleston County. Counties were called districts during the Civil War.


Other Resources

  • Bridges, Anne B. St. James Santee Plantation Parish [South Carolina]: History & Records, 1685-1925 ( Spartanburg, South Carolina: The Reprint Co., c1997 ), 541 pages. Civil War pages 195-227. Includes church records for St. James Santee, 1758-1788 (Church of England); previously unpublished records, 1846-1921 (assumed to be Episcopalian). Also includes cemetery records for the church and lists of French & Swiss refugees & inhabitants. The old parish existed in today's Charleston & Berkeley counties. FHL 975.79 H2bWorldCat 35646490.
  • Jervey, Susan Revenel and Revenel, Charlotte St. Julien. Diaries of '65: journals kept by Miss Susan Ravenal Jervey of Northampton Plantation and Miss Charlotte St. Julien Ravenel of Pooshee Plantation. (Johns Island, South Carolina: Philip L. Bradley, 1994). Title of original: Two diaries: from middle St. John's Berkeley, South Carolina, February-May, 1865. FHL Book 975.7 H29d.

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Berkeley County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

Current

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

See: Periodicals for description.

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[10] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. FHL Book 942 P27c 2007 [Includes wills of residents of Christ Church Parish, St. John's Parish, and Berkeley County proved in London, see place-name index. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]
  • Abstracts of Wills of Charleston District, South Carolina and other wills recorded in the districts, 1783-1800. By Caroline T. Moore. FHL Book 975.79 S2m Includes index.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Berkeley County.

Published abstracts

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth[edit | edit source]

State-wide birth registration began in 1915. For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Berkeley County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Births and Birth Substitutes- Indexes

Marriage[edit | edit source]

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Berkeley County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes

Death[edit | edit source]

State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Berkeley County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Berkeley County Library System
The Berkley County Library System comprises six libraries of Berkeley County, South Carolina. The main branch in the system is at Moncks Corner.  The Berkeley County Library System is on Facebook and it has a blog.

  • Moncks Corner Library
    Address:
    PO Box 1239
    1003 Hwy. 52
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    Telephone: (843) 719-4223
    Fax: (843) 719-4226
    Website: http://www.bcls.sc.gov
    The main collection of genealogical and historical materials is housed in the South Carolina Room of the Moncks Corner library. Some of their holdings include microfilm, microfiche, or book collections
    such as:
    - Death Certificates of South Carolina 1915-1960;
    - Census: Mortality Schedules for South Carolina counties-1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, Census of the United States 1790-1930 (Local Districts/Berkeley County Parishes/Counties), plus the Soundex to the 1930 Census for South Carolina;
    - Newspapers: Berkeley Democrat 27 Sept 1928 - 3 Jan 1990 (no issues available for 1966-1968), Berkeley Independent 21 Oct 1987 - 25 Sept 2002 (Note: Hard copies of the Berkeley Independent (past - present) are available in our General Ref. area- W.P.A. Tombstone Inscriptions, South Carolina Historical Society-- 1930s W.P.A. Inventories of Church Archives (Berkeley County)
    - Histories about Moncks Corner//Berkeley County and other areas in South Carolina
    - Genealogical Magazines
    - Some family histories
    - Cemetery Inscriptions Books (Local)
  • Daniel Island Library
    2301 Daniel Island Drive
    Daniel Island, South Carolina 29492
  • Sangaree Library
    595 Sangaree Parkway
    Summerville, South Carolina 29483
  • Goose Creek Library
    325 Old Moncks Corner Road
    Goose Creek, SC 29445
  • Hanahan Library
    1274 Yeamans Hall Road
    Hanahan, South Carolina 29406
  • Saint Stephen Library
    1104 S. Main Street
    Saint Stephen, South Carolina 29479

Berkeley is located near Charleston City and County which has additional libraries with rich genealogical and historical resources.

  • Berkeley Museum
    950 Stony Landing Road
    Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461-2944
    (843) 899-5101

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319 West Main St
Moncks Corner, Berkeley, South Carolina, United States
Phone: 843-761-8671
Hours: W-Th 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-2pm

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References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Berkeley County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.
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  12. Ancestry.com. St. Thomas Parish Register, South Carolina, 1680-1884 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: The Annals and Parish Register of St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, in South Carolina, from 1680 to 1884. Columbia, SC, USA: Walker, Evans and Cogswell, 1884.
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