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South Carolina County Research Information

In 2016, chapter member Rick Springer began a series of articles about genealogical and historical research in the various counties of South Carolina.  This information is available in our Members Only section.

We cannot do extensive research for members or the general public, but we do answer inquiries and make suggestions.

Please contact us if you have a research question. If we cannot answer your query directly, we will put your query in our newsletter, or put you in contact with an organization or individual who may be able to answer your query.

Chapter members who conduct paid research are shown below.

Alternatively, you can also find a list of paid researchers from the Charleston County Public Library’s web site on their SC Room page. Another source is the SC State Archives, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223: (803) 896-6100.

Chapter Members for Hire

The following members of the Charleston County Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society are available for hire as paid genealogical researchers.

Anne E. Dodenhoff
1423 Brookbank Ave.
Charleston, SC 29412-3406
Phone: (843) 795-1486


Mark E. Geesey
Charleston Genealogy Service
277 Indigo Bay Circle
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: (843) 276-9809
e-mail: SWISSGVSI-at-sign-GMAIL.COM

Greg Lovelace
Part of the Tree Reseach Services
683 Edmonds Drive
Charleston, SC 29412
Phone: (843) 906-9977

Rorey Cathcart
The Who Hunter LLC
164 Market Street, Ste 247
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 714-7827

Wevonneda Minis
Minis Genealogy Services
1221 Wimbee Drive
Charleston, SC 29407
Phone: (843) 670-6115


Charleston County Cemeteries

The first project taken up by the Charleston Chapter was an inventory of the Charleston County cemeteries, led by Mr. Robert Babb. Mr. Babb, a very efficient engineer, made area maps of each “assignment” in Charleston, Berkeley and Colleton Counties, showing each cemetery in these areas. The results were compiled into several cemetery books.  Books that are still available for purchase can be found at Books Available from Chapter.

We are continuing to put together an exhaustive compilation of Charleston County Cemeteries. In addition to identifying the specific locations of the cemeteries, we are also identifying any transcriptions of cemetery tombstones or records that have been made.

Charleston County Churches

Churches: We are collecting information about Charleston County Churches for dissemination on our web site. We are interested in Church name (both current and historical), location, founding date, contact information, and whether church records exist. As with our Cemeteries page, if you can add any information, please contact us.

Donations of Genealogical Materials

Do you have books, manuscripts, letters, photographs, or land records that could benefit from better care than you can provide? Matching your items with the proper repository may take some time, but there are numerous benefits.

  • PROTECTION Most of these facilities provide secure storage that is climate controlled for better preservation.
  • CONSERVATION Frequently documents require repairs beyond what individuals can provide.
  • SHARING Placing your material in a library gives other researchers access to information that might not otherwise be available.
  • TAX BENEFITS All these institutions will provide receipts. Some appraise the donation or help you find appraisers.

Charleston Library Society
164 King St., Charleston, SC 29401. (843) 723-9912
They are interested in old books. Query before donating.
Contact Carol Jones, Head Librarian at, or Trisha Kometer, Archivist at

The South Caroliniana Library

University of South Carolina campus in Columbia, SC.
They collect unpublished and published historical and genealogical materials of South Carolina interest, including manuscripts, books and pamphlets, images, maps, newspapers, and oral histories.
Contact:  Henry Fulmer, Director; telephone (803) 777-5745; email

South Carolina Historical Society
100 Meeting Street, Charleston
(843) 723-3225

South Carolina Room of the Charleston County Public Library

They are interested in published and unpublished South Carolina historical and genealogical material, particularly family histories but also including manuscripts, books, pamphlets, oral histories, dissertations, maps, and postcards. Also interested in genealogical material for the surrounding states of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama.
68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 843-805-6956
Contact: Marianne Cawley, Manager 843-805-6960 or 6956 email:

Hollings Library, USC Campus, Columbia, SC

Rare Books and Special Collections, at USC accepts old and special books. Query regarding donating.
Contact Elizabeth Sudduth, Special Collections Librarian at

The A.S. Salley Archives/Orangeburg County Historical Society

Interested in materials relating to Orangeburg County and/or people from there. Please query before donating.
1421 Middleton St.
Orangeburg, SC 29116
(803) 535-0022