It is time for another article on record accessibility. Information is taken from the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) white paper titled “Open Access to Public Records: a Genealogical Perspective.”
For South Carolina, as of 7 January 2012 the white paper lists record availability as follows
|Record Type||Year begins||Access (Closed, Open, Restricted)||Years Restricted||Copy for Genealogical Purposes||Statute||Notes|
|Marriage||1950||Restricted||44-63-86||Pre-1950 in County Office of the Probate|
|Death||1915||Restricted||50||44-63-84||Online Death Index 1915-1957.|
If you are a resident of the state, election year is a great time to let your state legislators know what you think about the state’s restrictions. Keep in mind the state’s legitimate need to prevent identity fraud. Then fight fear with facts.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled presidential election, already in progress…