The Darlington Flag Newsletter
FLORENCE, S.C. BIRTH AND
DEATH REGISTRATIONS, 1895-1906, Transcribed by
John L. Andrews, Jr...South Carolina genealogical researchers have been hampered
by a lack of vital statistics. Although there are notable exceptions, statewide birth
and death records were not kept by the State of South Carolina until 1915. However,
several municipalities kept records of births and deaths prior to the mandate for
statewide records. The City of Charleston is probably the best-known example.
Beginning in 1895, three additional cities began to record births and deaths, Aiken,
Newberry, and Florence. The Florence records are presented in this book. The birth
records are remarkable for their detailed picture of each event. Beginning in June,
1895, these records reveal for each birth: the date of birth, the child’s surname, the
name of the physician or midwife present, the child’s gender, race, and place of birth,
and the parents’ names, residence, place of birth, and occupation. In addition,
information is provided on stillborn births, illegitimate births, and multiple births. It
should be noted that in many cases both the names of the mother and father are
provided for illegitimate births. State law prohibits the release of information
contained on birth records for 100 years, thus no birth records after December 31,
1899, are contained in this publication.
The death records contain similar information.
For each death within the City of
Florence, detailed records were kept. The name of the deceased, date of death,
race, residence, place of death, age, birthplace, time of residence within Florence,
the attending physician, and place of burial for each event is given. Among the
cemeteries noted are the Fraternal Cemetery and the Potters’ Field Cemetery, both
of which are now abandoned and largely forgotten. Other burials were in better-known
cemeteries, however permanent tombstones never marked many of these. It is
believed that the City of Florence kept these death records until 1915. However, the
records located by the Old Darlington District Chapter, SCGS end in 1906. Efforts are
now underway to acquire records made after 1906. © 2000, 172 pages, soft cover,
spiral bound, indexed, Library of Congress Number 99-075922. Price: $20.00 plus
$4.00 shipping for first book and $1.50 for each additional book.
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