Research and Collections

  • Information on Clarendon County history and historic sites

  • Records on the Revolutionary and Confederate history of the area

  • Tax list from 1898 including all 18 townships of Clarendon County

  • Census records

  • – Worldwide subscription

  • Records on microfilm

  • Some of the People of Old Sumter District and Some of the People of Old Sumter District in the American Revolution by J. Maynard Davis and M. Jean Brunson.

  • Partisans and Redcoats by Walter Edgar.

  • Many published and unpublished manuscripts of local family genealogy.

  • Out of Bull Savannah; The Family of Joseph and Mary Harrington by W. Harrington.

  • Brown, Cato, and Hatfield Family Trees prepared by Aubrey Hatfield.

  • A Little History of Alcolu by Robert Lewis Alderman.

  • CD-ROM indexed transcript of the 1880 Federal Census for the entire country.

  • CD-ROM Freedman's Bank Records.

  • Probate Records:

    • Petition and Orders--1925-1942;

    • Journal Probate Court-1946-1956;

    • Devise lands-1883-1917.

  • Index for 1869 State Census for Clarendon County, SC.

  • Index for 1860 Slave Schedule.



Our staff is available to do a limited amount of research for you if you cannot come to the Archives in person.


When sending a research request, please include the family name(s) you are researching and as many specifics as you have available, such as dates of residence, approximate year of birth and/or death.  Names of other family members (spouse, siblings, uncles, aunts etc.).  The more information you give us, the more we may be able to help you.

If you are looking for a specific document, please include the type of document in your request, such as a marriage license or obituary. The Archives does not have any records of birth certificates- those are an official state record and are available through the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Vital Records department.

Research Request 

Please send us an email at as specifically as possible in order to help us find the information more quickly and efficiently.  All request will be acknowledged upon receipt. We have a limited number of staff available, so we make no guarantee of response time on your request.