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Hi, my name is Carolyn Golowka and I am the County Coordinator for Edgefield County.  Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.  Feel free to contact me.


Naturalization and Immigration

If you know of a Edgefield County Resource not found here or would like to submit any transcriptions for Edgefield County, please contact me.

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  • The majority of colonial settlers in South Carolina were from England. Many came from Barbados or other colonies held by England. A group of Dutch settlers came to South Carolina in 1671 from New York. Other groups were from France, descendants of Huguenots, who came starting in 1680. Many Scottish dissenters were brought to South Carolina starting in 1682 along with some German settlers during the 18th century. From colonial times to 1930, Blacks were one of the largest population groups. Native American populations left the area during the Indian Wars.

    Much of the population moved west soon in the late 18th century, heading towards Alabama and Mississippi.

    The major port of entry was Charleston. Some of these arrivals are documented in passenger lists as well as Customs records which are available in the State Archives. For this information plus a little more, refer to the Emigration and Immigration section of the LDS Resource Outline for South Carolina.

  • Naturalization

  • Naturalization records usually list the petitioner's date of birth, sometimes just the year and their age. An immigrant could apply for naturalization at any state supreme, superior, district, or circuit court, or at any federal circuit or district court.

    For Naturalization records that may have been completed through the U.S. District Court in the Sourthern District of South Carolina, contact the National Archives - Atlanta Branch..

    Naturalization records that may have been completed in Edgefield Co, AL will be available through the local Clerk of Court.

    The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization was established in 1906. Starting in October 1906, the Bureau began keeping the naturalization records. If your ancestor was naturalized after that time, you should write to the National Archives-Atlanta Branch or Immigration and Naturalization Service for their naturalization records.

    Most naturalization records for the period before 1906 have been microfilmed by the LDS church and the films may be rented through the LDS Family History Centers. Many have also been indexed or transcribed for publication, and as such, are available at local and regional libraries.

  • Other WWW Resources

  • Here are some links to WWW pages related to immigration and naturalization.
  • American Immigration Home Page

    The Olive Tree - a source for passenger list information.

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    I do not live in South Carolina so I am unable to help with your personal research questions. All the information I know about Edgefield County is posted promptly on this site. Please visit the "Research Resources" section of this site. I would suggest that if you don't find the information your looking for here, that you join the email list and post your question on the query board. The more places you ask the question, the better your chances of getting an answer.

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