Solving Research Problems with a South Carolina Maps
– If you have started your family research, you might have experienced trouble with trying to identify South Carolina city borders and names that have changed over the course of time. This can make it difficult to understand where your ancestors’ information is kept.
Because South Carolina historic maps were usually commissioned by the county seat, they often display information about the county, including town names. Reading a South Carolina map from the time period you are researching can help tremendously in solving these problems by leading you to the correct town records. It can also give you other leads, such as the location of city directories or old post offices in South Carolina.
Choosing the Best South Carolina Map – If you have a large source of maps to choose from, try starting with the area where your ancestors resided and looking for the maps with the most detail. You can determine a lot by seeing if the area was still rural or more developed, and how far it was to the nearest city. This can shed light on your family’s lifestyle and occupation. Were they farmers who lived in the country, or merchants who traveled often to a nearby city? A map can give you an idea of what occupations were possible.
The South Caroliniana Library from the University of South Carolina at Columbia contains the finest assortment of early South Carolina maps. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History puts out a pamphlet “The Formation of Counties in South Carolina,” which can be procured online. There is no gazetteer for South Carolina.