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South Carolina Death Indexes 1915-1961

This page contains links to all of the Death Index log files from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Division of Vital Records. The images are compressed in a format that requires a specialized Plugin for Internet Explorer. To view these records you must follow the instructions below.

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  • Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 or above


These files require the DjVu Image Viewer plugin. If you already have the plugin you can start viewing these files automatically without any additional steps.

Step 1: Install the Caminova DjVu © Browser Plugin - This only has to be done once the first time you view these files. These files are compressed and encoded with a proprietary file format that requires this Internet Explorer Plugin for viewing.

  • It is recommended that you close all other applications before installing the Djvu Browser Plugin (including this application).
  • Review the license agreement and select Yes if you agree with its terms.
  • Select Finish to complete the installation.

Step 2: Select the desired year and appropriate records in the listings below.

Death Index Numeric Codes

The information below relates to the numeric code provided on these Death Indexes for sex and race:

  • 1 - Male
  • 2 - Female
  • 3 - White
  • 4 - Non-White

You will note that the age listed for a decedent is a three-digit code. The last two digits of the code indicate the number of years, months, days, hours, or number of years over 100 years old. The first digit of the age code determines if the age of the decedent was years, months, days, hours, over 100 years old, or less than one hour old as follows:

  • 5 - Years of age at time of death
  • 6 - Months of age at time of death
  • 7 - Days of age at time of death
  • 8 - Hours of age at time of death
  • 9 - over 100 years of age at time of death
  • 800 - Less than one hour old at time of death

These records are viewed with the DjVu plugin:

1915 - 1924

1925 - 1934

1935 - 1944

1945 - 1949

1950 - 1961

The data for 1950 and later has been put into digital format. (Note: currently only the data for 1950-1961 is available in this format.)

You can browse through the names by selecting a letter below:

Unknown  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z 

* or you can search by a decedent's last name:

*Please use all lowercase characters.

For additional information, contact Vital Records.