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Newspaper Obituary Index

for the Old Beaufort District, SC

Beaufort, Hampton, & Jasper Counties

1862 --

(Bulk, 1882 - 1995)

Updated on an Irregular Basis

 

Please NOTE:

The Newspaper Obituary Index does not include the actual texts of the obituary notices.

Search

Search the Online Obituary Index for names included in our files. (http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/obituary-files/public/deadpeople_list.php?a=showall#)

Sources

Our collection of newspapers published in Beaufort County (SC) begins in 1862 with significant gaps. We regret that our collection does not include every issue of every newspaper title.

NOTE: This obituary index is substantially drawn from the microfilmed newspaper collection of the Beaufort County Library.

Range

The newspaper collection includes select Beaufort County, SC based newspapers on microfilm, some captured digital newspaper titles from the 2000s, and some newspapers that exist only in hardcopy from the 1970s - to the present. The earliest issues date from 1862.

Volunteer

Our goal is to provide obituary indexing for all our local newspapers but the task is arduous. We rely on dedicated docents to perform the work necessary to provide full coverage. This is an ongoing project with new citations being added on an irregular basis. Contact the Beaufort District Collection Manager to volunteer as an indexer.

Microfilm Services

The Beaufort District Collection has the largest collection of materials on microfilm and has one microfilm reader/printer machine. Beaufort Branch and Hilton Head Island Branch libraries have limited materials on microfilm and microfilm reader/printer equipment. We are unable to provide microfilm services at Bluffton Branch, Lobeco Branch and St. Helena Branch libraries at this time.

Can't get to the BDC Research Room to do this research for yourself? Perhaps We Can Help!

LIMITED OBITUARY SERVICES are provided by the Beaufort District Collection
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POLICY
(Revised July 1, 2006)

NOTE: The online index does not include the actual text of the obituary notices. It lists only dates and newspapers in which the notices appear. We limit our obituary service to providing a photocopy or scan of an obituary notice for a deceased individual as found in our local newspaper microfilm. This is a fee based service. We do not search obituary files of other newspapers.

NOTE: Please bear in mind that there is no legal requirement in the State of South Carolina that an obituary for a deceased individual is published in a newspaper.

Each request for this fee based service is handled as a separate transaction.

Each customer is limited to one obituary per request for obituary assistance.

Most requests for assistance are completed within fourteen working days of the receipt of the request.

There is no limit on the number of separate requests that can be submitted. Each request, however, incurs the charge applied to that level of service (that is, whether or not the deceased individual is listed in our Online Obituary Index). Each request is handled as a separate matter and payment must be received before a subsequent request can be processed.

FEES

(Revised July 1, 2006)
NOTE: Fees are subject to change without prior notice.

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Please check our Online Obituary Index (http://beaufortcountylibrary.org/obituary-files/public/deadpeople_list.php?a=showall) for the individual's name.

Our obituary reference service fee structure has two levels based upon the degree of staff time necessary to fulfill your request:

1) For deceased individuals listed in our Online Obituary Index
and
2) For deceased individuals not listed in our Online Obituary Index.

 

For deceased individuals listed in our Online Obituary Index:

If the deceased individual is listed within the current index, please indicate the citation as given in the Online Obituary Index within your request for assistance.

The charge for our obituary service when the deceased person is listed in our Online Obituary Index is five dollars in US currency ($5.00 US). Fees must be paid in US currency.
The $5.00 fee is payable at the time of request.

Payment for each obituary must be received before an additional obituary can be processed.

Note: If you desire copies of the obituaries for more than one person within the index, contact BDC staff to discuss: gracec@bcgov.net or 843-255-6446.

For deceased individuals not listed in our Online Obituary Index:

If the deceased individual is not listed within the current index
, it will be necessary to provide a precise date of death with your request. We cannot perform this service without an exact date of death.

Sometimes, there is no published obituary notice for a deceased individual within our local newspaper microfilm. In this case, a customer will receive a report listing the names of those deceased persons as given in the seven subsequent issues of the local newspapers starting with the date of death provided by the customer.

Please note: A customer must pay for the search whether or not a published obituary is found during the staff time devoted to reading the newspaper microfilm on a customer's behalf.

The charge for the obituary service for a person not listed in our Online Obituary Index is ten dollars in US currency ($10.00 US). Fees must be paid in US currency.

The $10.00 fee is payable upon request for the search.

Payment for each obituary search must be received before an additional obituary can be processed.

Note: If you desire staff to search in the newspapers for more than one person, contact BDC staff to discuss: gracec@bcgov.net or 843-255-6446.

HOW TO ORDER OBITUARIES
(Revised July 1, 2006)

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Obituary Orders submitted by e-mail or postal mail are preferred.

Submit orders by e-mail to: asylva@bcgov.net

Submit requests by postal mail to:

Beaufort District Collection
ATTN: Ashley Sylva
Beaufort County Library
311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 (USA
)

Telephone requests can be submitted by leaving a voicemail message at (843) 255-6468.
Please speak clearly and slowly, carefully spelling out the surname of the deceased person. Leave your telephone number so that staff can return your call to verify your address, the name of the deceased, and payment instructions.

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