26 February 2016

CSI: Dixie -- Examining 19th Century South Carolina Violent Deaths

I’ve just discovered a fascinating web site, CSI: Dixie.

Coroners’ inquests are some of the richest records we have of life and death in the nineteenth century South. As mortals, we all die, but we do not die equally. Race, place, gender, profession, behavior, and good and bad luck play large roles in determining how we go out of the world. Collecting extant coroners' inquests for the state of South Carolina between 1800 and 1900, "CSI: Dixie" provides rare glimpses into Victorian-era suicide, homicide, infanticide, abortion, child abuse, spousal abuse, master-slave murder, and slave on slave violence.

A project of the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia, CSI:D is delighted to thank the American Council of Learned Societies and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts for their steadfast support.

Learn about the creation of coroner’s offices, the numbers of dead (and by what means), some of the crimes, some of the coroners and jurors, and more.  A fascinating glimpse into the process of determining cause of death (including infanticide) and those found guilty or innocent of causing said deaths.

As expected, this got me wondering what other similar resources might exist for those researching in other states.  Here are a few Coroner’s Inquest database finds:

Are you aware of another database dealing with the records of coroners? If so, please share.

Have you found a helpful overview published about these records? If so, please share.

Share the story of any family members found mentioned in a coroner’s inquest.


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