South Carolina Early Marriage Records Index, 1641-1799

The South Carolina Early Marriage Records index holds 4,756 records in its collection that date all the way back to the early days of this country. The records and marriage licenses contained in this collection are dated between 1641 and 1799 and were compiled by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr., through newspapers, pension records and church files. Individuals can learn more about the information contained with the South Carolina Early Marriage Records by visiting the Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. website created by Paul R. Sarret, Jr.

Information Available In This Collection

The South Carolina Early Marriage Records index includes any vital statistics Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. was able to compile through a variety of historical sources. When available, the files will provide a full name and gender for both the bride and groom. The date and location of the marriage is also included in most of the files in this archive. The source of the information for the marriage is also included in this archive. All of the files in the collection are listed on the website Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. compiled, listed alphabetically according to the last name of the groom. A second file is also provided and catalogued by the last name of the bride.

About Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.

The records of the South Carolina Early Marriage Records were compiled by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. To obtain original copies of the records of this collection, contact Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.at:

Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.

Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. began compiling this list of early marriage records for the state of South Carolina when he realized no such records officially existed. The state does not provide a single source for marriage licenses that date prior to 1800. It was not until 1911 that South Carolina made a legal requirement to keep marriages officially on file. Paul R. Sarrett, Jr. began the work of scanning newspapers, church records, pension applications and other sources where marriage evidence might be found. He was able to put together this list of more than 4,700 marriages that took place in the early years of the state, and he is still on the lookout for additional information on certain South Carolina families.

The South Carolina Early Marriage Records by Paul R. Sarrett, Jr.are recorded in alphabetical order, first by the groom's last name and then by the bride's last name. Actual documents are available for viewing for some of these marriages and copies may be requested through this website, via the services of USA Vital.


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