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Our Genealogy Helper for Charleston ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Charleston (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Charleston. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Name Variations for Charleston ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Other variations include: Charles Town and Charlestown.

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Charleston is primarily located in Charleston County and is the County Seat. A portion of Charleston extends into Berkeley County.

To see how the shape of South Carolina's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Charleston County: Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester & Georgetown.

Below are the counties that are near Charleston. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Charleston:

  • Charleston County     (The home county of Charleston)
    • Charles Towne Village [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charles Towne Village
      • Charles Towne Village [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charles Towne Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charles Towne Village
    • Old Town [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town
      • Old Town [Charleston County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Town
    • Grove Creek Village [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grove Creek Village
      • Grove Creek Village [Charleston County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grove Creek Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grove Creek Village
    • James Island [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for James Island
      • James Island [Charleston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,226 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on James Island
    • The Village [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for The Village
      • The Village [Charleston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for The Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on The Village
    • Dorchester [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dorchester
      • Dorchester [Charleston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dorchester
    • Essex Village [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Essex Village
      • Essex Village [Charleston County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the west of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Essex Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Essex Village
    • Sullivan's Island [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sullivan's Island
      • Sullivan's Island [Charleston County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,938 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sullivan's Island
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sullivan's Island<3>
    • Mount Pleasant [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
      • Mount Pleasant [Charleston County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 92,799 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Pleasant<3>
    • Island-of-Palms [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Island-of-Palms
      • Island-of-Palms [Charleston County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Island-of-Palms have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Island-of-Palms
    • Folly Beach [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Folly Beach
      • Folly Beach [Charleston County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,682 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Folly Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Folly Beach<3>
    • Johns Island [Charleston County]
  • Berkeley County
    • North Charleston [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Charleston
      • North Charleston [Berkeley County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 118,752 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Charleston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for North Charleston<3>
    • Hanahan [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hanahan
      • Hanahan [Berkeley County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 28,280 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanahan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hanahan<3>
    • Wando [Berkeley County]
    • Goose Creek [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goose Creek
      • Goose Creek [Berkeley County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,972 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goose Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goose Creek<3>
    • Camelot Village [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camelot Village
      • Camelot Village [Berkeley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Camelot Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camelot Village
    • Caromi Village [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caromi Village
      • Caromi Village [Berkeley County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caromi Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caromi Village
    • Ladson [Berkeley County]
    • Highland Village [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Highland Village
      • Highland Village [Berkeley County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Highland Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Highland Village
    • Tarry Town [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tarry Town
      • Tarry Town [Berkeley County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tarry Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tarry Town
    • Huger [Berkeley County]
    • Cordesville [Berkeley County]
    • Washington Town [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Washington Town
      • Washington Town [Berkeley County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Washington Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Washington Town
  • Colleton County
    • Edisto Beach [Colleton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edisto Beach
      • Edisto Beach [Colleton County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 402 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edisto Beach have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edisto Beach
    • Jacksonboro [Colleton County]
    • Cottageville [Colleton County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cottageville
      • Cottageville [Colleton County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the west of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 747 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cottageville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cottageville<3>
    • Round O [Colleton County]
    • Green Pond [Colleton County]
  • Dorchester County
    • Chandler Village [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chandler Village
      • Chandler Village [Dorchester County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chandler Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chandler Village
    • Summerville [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerville
      • Summerville [Dorchester County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,301 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summerville<3>
    • Flowertown Village [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flowertown Village
      • Flowertown Village [Dorchester County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flowertown Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flowertown Village
    • Brownsville [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brownsville
      • Brownsville [Dorchester County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brownsville
    • Ridgeville [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ridgeville
      • Ridgeville [Dorchester County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,841 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ridgeville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ridgeville<3>
    • Dorchester [Dorchester County]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Charleston, see our County-by-County Page for Charleston.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Charleston ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 215 newspapers that have been published in the area around Charleston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Charleston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Charleston and those printed in the larger area surrounding Charleston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 6 miles [9.7 km] of Charleston.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Charleston:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from South Carolina

Cemeteries Near Charleston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Charleston.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Charleston covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Charleston had a population of 54,955 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Charleston had a population of 139,714 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Charleston, with the one closest to Charleston listed first.

  • Charleston [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charleston
    • Charleston [Charleston County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Charleston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 54,955 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 139,714 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Charleston had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charleston
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Charleston<3>
  • James Island [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for James Island
    • James Island [Charleston County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Charleston
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,226 people
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, James Island had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on James Island
  • Mount Pleasant [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Pleasant
    • Mount Pleasant [Charleston County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Charleston
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,138 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 92,799 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mount Pleasant had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Pleasant
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Pleasant<3>
  • Belvedere [Berkeley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belvedere
    • Belvedere [Berkeley County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Belvedere had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Belvedere have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belvedere
  • Wando [Berkeley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wando
    • Wando [Berkeley County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Charleston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Wando had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wando
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wando<3>
  • Otranto [Charleston County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otranto
    • Otranto [Charleston County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Otranto had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otranto have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otranto
  • Continue List ...
    • Ladson [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ladson
      • Ladson [Berkeley County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 388 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ladson had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ladson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ladson<3>
    • Mount Holly [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Holly
      • Mount Holly [Berkeley County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mount Holly had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Holly have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Holly
    • Lincolnville [Charleston County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincolnville
      • Lincolnville [Charleston County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 388 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,624 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Lincolnville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincolnville
    • Summerville [Dorchester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerville
      • Summerville [Dorchester County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,219 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 53,301 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Summerville had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Summerville<3>
    • Strawberry [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry
      • Strawberry [Berkeley County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 12 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Strawberry had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry
    • Huger [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huger
      • Huger [Berkeley County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Huger had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Huger<3>
    • Long Ridge [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Long Ridge
      • Long Ridge [Berkeley County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Charleston
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Long Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Long Ridge have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Long Ridge
    • Moncks Corner [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moncks Corner
      • Moncks Corner [Berkeley County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 188 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,497 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Moncks Corner had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moncks Corner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moncks Corner<3>
    • Bethera [Berkeley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bethera
      • Bethera [Berkeley County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Charleston
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bethera had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bethera
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bethera<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Charleston. See our List of 1890's Communities around Charleston.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Charleston ...

While our initial data about Charleston came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Charleston in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Charleston.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Charleston:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, Express Office

Rand McNally Map of South Carolina (1911)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

We have found Charleston in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Charleston for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Charleston. See our Misc Page for Charleston for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in South Carolina

About Charleston County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Charleston: www.charleston-sc.gov/

The official website for Charleston County: www.charlestoncounty.org/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Charleston) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from CharlestonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Charleston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7922, Longitude: -79.9407    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Charleston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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