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Cemetery Preservation
Gravestone Inscriptions

Abandoned Graveyard, Clio
Abandoned Cemetery, Clio

Publications

There are numerous publications that list inscriptions from South Carolina cemeteries. Many of these publications can be found at local public libraries or archives, at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina, or at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.  

WPA Transcriptions

 

In the late 1930s, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) recorded names, birth dates, and death dates from gravestones in some cemeteries across the state. The volumes containing the transcriptions are at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. In 1981, these inscriptions were transcribed, organized by last name, and microfilmed by the South Carolina Historical Society in cooperation with the South Carolina Genealogical Society. The WPA Tombstone Transcriptions are available on microfiche at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History's Research Room.