South Carolina Department
of Health and Environmental Control's
Office of Public Health Statistics and Information
Services offers a wide range of services. The
Division of Vital Records is the state's official
records keeper for vital information pertaining to
births, deaths, marriages, and divorces occurring in
South Carolina. South Carolina law requiring the
filing of birth and death certificates became
effective January 01, 1915. Today a fireproof vault
in Columbia at department's state office at 2600
Bull Street houses more than 9 million original
birth and death certificates. State law also
requires the department to house copies of marriage
records beginning July 1950 and divorce records
beginning July 1962. The state office of the
Division of Vital Records in Columbia conducts
searches for records of birth, death, marriage and
divorce. Each of South Carolina's 46 counties has a
vital records office in the county public health
department. Branch vital records offices in the 46
county public health departments can search for
birth and death records only.
County vital records such as birth records,
divorce decrees, marriage certificates and death records are
required to be filed in the USA. Genealogists use this information
regularly to learn more about family history.
across the United States saw an opportunity with the Internet. They
created online databases for marriage records and other information
that allows genealogists to search for these county vital records
from their home or office computer.
Many counties, still
have not computerized their records. Many people just wanting to
trace one record are not aware of even how to begin a search. Online
records databases are a way to help anyone trying to find a marriage
record. Online search companies compile these county vital
statistics in one place. These databases have several advantages:
You can search for the marriage record discreetly.
Online databases contain records from all 50 states.
If you don’t know where the marriage record was filed, you
don’t want to waste you time calling from Florida to Alaska.
The information is at you fingertips when you use an online
database search company to help you find the marriage
These searches are inexpensive. Most
searches cost less than $50—even if you need unlimited
access to county vital records. If you are searching for
just one marriage record, you could spend as little as $10.
This saves time and money for anyone needing to find out
where a record is fast.
If you know just a little bit of information, you
can find a marriage record easily. Just type in the correct
information in the lines provided and you will see a list of records