S.C. Cemetery GPS Mapping Project
of the S.C. Genealogical Society
Project Contains: 12,000+ Cemeteries & 200+ Cemetery Survey Book Surname Indexes
Effective: 17 Mar 2015
Some landowners who have cemeteries located on their private property, are preventing family members from visiting and maintaining the graves of their love-ones buried there. Some of these landowners or their livestock are even illegally desecrating these cemeteries.
A cemetery is a place not only for the burial of the dead, but for an expression of love and respect by the living for the dead... Family members have the legal right of burial, visitation, maintenance and beautification of cemeteries per S.C. Code of Cemetery Laws, Section 27-43-310. Visitation to cemeteries located on private property, need to be prior approved by the landowner. Contact your local sheriff to enforce this law, if, the landowner is preventing its visitation.
Visit http://chicora.org/ for a wealth of cemetery information.
Visit Searching Around SC for helpful researching links.
Estimated GPS mapping values will normally get you within eyesight of the cemetery.
It's very common for a cemetery to be known by several different names. If the cemetery's alternate name(s) is known, it will be noted somewhere on the county webpage.
Multiple surnames used to describe a cemetery, will normally be listed in alphabetical order.
Example: Brown-Jones-Wilson Cemetery (not Wilson-Brown-Jones)
Surnames will normally come before given names.
Example: Brown Family, John (not John Brown Family)
On-line Genealogical Society Cemetery Survey Book Surname Indexes WILL NOT PROVIDE YOU WITH ANY TOMBSTONE INSCRIPTION RECORDINGS.
AME = African Methodist Episcopal (N) SMC = Southern Methodist Church UMC = United Methodist Church ME = Methodist Episcopal
Zion AME = Zion African Methodist Episcopal (N) CME = Christian Methodist Episcopal (N) = Negro (S) = Slave (C) = Caucasian (I) = Indian (A) = Asian
Negro (N) cemetery name notations are normally due to the dedicated hard-work of Emily E. Vaughn. It's suggested that you visit her compiling work at http://emilyevaughn.com/scroom.htm.
Also see http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~scoconee/Black_Heritage/.
Can you help identify any unknown cemetery locations? E-mail your comments to Gary Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org