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Understanding South Carolina County Boundaries

Historians and genealogists often base their research on county records. But in South Carolina it was not until after the Civil War that the county assumed the official functions of local government. Before that time South Carolina was divided into a confusing array of counties, judicial districts, townships and parishes. There are resources to help you map these changing boundaries and local history librarians have created this handy table of South Carolina County Boundaries for tracing the modern county boundaries.

  • The formation of counties in South Carolina / Michael E. Stauffer ; [editor and designer, Judith M. Andrews].
  • Atlas of historical county boundaries / John H. Long, editor.
  • Map guide to the U.S. federal censuses, 1790-1920 / William Thorndale and William Dollarhide
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