One of the main goals for genealogists is finding birth, baptism, and/or christening information about their ancestors.
Over the past few decades, thanks to volunteers, librarians, and archivists, a great number of indexes to birth and baptism collections have been provided for free online. These searchable indexes provide specific birth, baptism, or christening information, and sometimes scanned images of the actual birth documents themselves. These free online collections have millions of records in them in total.
There are a great number of online and offline collections that may include birth information that is not included in the lists below. These different types can be found in 27 Ways to Find Ancestor Birth Information
If you are interested in baptism indexes that may include the birth date as well as baptism information, make sure and check out Church Records.
The lists below are specific birth, baptism, and christening indexes and record collections that are available for free online for the state.
Note 1: Many of the links listed below take you to a FamilySearch Collection of digital images. In many cases there is a link to the digital collection in the middle of the page, but also near the bottom of the page under Film/Digital Notes is the name of each sub-collection. If there is a camera icon at the right of the name (in the Format column) then the collections’ images are browsable. If there is a camera with a key icon, it is only available at a Family History Center or affiliated library. If there is a film reel icon, then it is only available in microfilm format, not digital. Please also note that I have listed below only databases that are accessible digitally from your computer (or tablet/phone)
Note 2: I have included links to Free Ancestry records and indexes. You do not need a subscription, but do need an Ancestry account. Without a subscription, you can view indexes. If there is an image associated with a record, in most cases you will need a subscription, but the index does include very usable information.
(Updated July 2021; recently added links are in BOLD):
- Barnwell County Birth Records, 1804-1958
- Berkeley County, Birth Indexes
- Charles Town Register of St. Philip’s Parish, , 1720-1758
- Charleston County Birth Registers, 1901-1926
- Colleton County Vital Records
- Darlington County Records, 1798-1923
- Florence County Delayed Births
- Lee County Birth Certificates/Applications (Delayed) 1791-1900
- Miscellaneous BMD Records by County
- Newberry County, Birth Indexes
- Saint Philip, Charleston, Births or Christenings, 1718-1810
- South Carolina Births and Christenings, 1681-1935
- South Carolina Delayed Birth Certificates 1766-1900
- South Carolina, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1766-1900
- United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!
For other Free South Carolina Links, click on the category of interest:
Probate and Wills