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Welcome to the South Carolina
USGenWeb Obituary Project!



There are three levels of volunteering work involved in helping with this project:

1.Submitting whole obituaries as seen in the newspaper. Permission is required. See bottom of page for information and sample letter.

2. Indexing the information found in the obituary (Name, dob, dod, locations, parents, spouses, marriage date & location, cemetery, funeral home, date of source, picture availability) . If you live in South Carolina or know someone who does that subscribes to a local paper, then you can help with this project! You can index the local paper. Permission is not required from the newspaper, so begin today. It is easy, not a lot of typing is involved, just a dedication to saving the obits and typing in the basic information for each one. Estimated amount of time five to ten minutes a day (or save them and do them on the weekend). More information available at bottom of this page.

3. Individual Obituaries also accepted. Permission is required to place the obit word for word. Otherwise a synopsis or index of the obit can be submitted without permission.

Know the city and need the county?

SCArchives Obituaries & Death Notices Submission Form

Any obituary contributions pertaining to South Carolina are most welcomed! Please use our automated system to submit records. Thank you.

Participating Newspapers

  • The Post and Courier
  • The Beaufort Gazette
  • The News and Reporter
  • The Gaffney Ledger
  • The Westminster News and Keowee Courier
  • Some other site of interest

  • Oconee Homestead
  • Pickens Homestead

    South Carolina Counties
    Abbeville Aiken Allendale *
    Anderson Bamberg * Barnwell *
    Beaufort Berkeley * Calhoun *
    Charleston Cherokee Chester
    Chesterfield Clarendon * Colleton *
    Darlington Dillon Dorchester
    Edgefield Fairfield Florence
    Georgetown Greenville Greenwood
    Hampton * Horry Jasper *
    Kershaw Lancaster Laurens
    Lee * Lexington Marion
    Marlboro McCormick Newberry
    Oconee Orangeburg Pickens
    Richland Saluda Spartanburg
    Sumter * Union Williamsburg
    York Other States  

    Here is how you can help with the Obituary Project

    1. To volunteer send your name, email address, and the newspaper you will be working from, make a note if you are indexing or submitting whole obits. Once a month, you will email me your file of obit information. We will then place them online.

    2. Contact local newspapers to ask permission for the USGenWeb Archives Project to archive their obituaries. Here is a sample letter to send to the newspapers. Contact Maggie Stewart with the name of the newspaper and name and title of person granting permission from the publication.

    3. Check with state archives and genealogical societies to locate microfilm or other sources of pre-1928 (public domain) newspapers to transcribe obituaries from.

    4. Something to think about, some newspapers offer subscriptions by mail.

    5. Volunteer to transcribe obituaries from newspapers already granting permission (must have access to their publication or website).

    Copyright Law: The South Carolina Obituary Project will abide by today's copyright laws. Obituaries published after December 31, 1928, unless:

    1. you were the original author of the obituary, or

    2. the newspaper in question grants permission to reprint the obituary, or

    3. the obituary is that of a family member (you must give the relation), or

    4. you submit an abstract/INDEX of your obituaries.

    This page was last revised Thursday, 03-Oct-2013 20:49:07 EDT

    Thinking about Adopting a State? Please see the
    Guidelines Page for more information.

    Obituary Archives Project Coordinator - Maggie Stewart