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Abbeville County, South Carolina Facts

Abbeville County

When was Abbeville County, SC Created?
Abbeville County was established on March 12, 1785 from the Ninety-Six District. The county was named for Abbeville, France.

What is the County Seat of Abbeville County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in Abbeville plus the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Abbeville County, SC?
Bordering counties are Greenville County (north), Anderson County (north), Laurens County (northeast), Greenwood County (east), McCormick County (southeast), Elbert County, GA (west).

What cities and towns are in Abbeville County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, Donalds, Due West, Honea Path, Lowndesville, Ware Shoals

Abbeville County, SC Vital Records

Where can find Abbeville County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Abbeville County vital records can be found at the South Carolina Department of Health has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in South Carolina for current fees and application process.

Abbeville County Health Department has birth and death records from January 01, 1915. Marriage records prior to 1950 are available from the Probate Court office. Divorce records since April 1949 are available from the County Clerk's office. There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915

You can search online for Abbeville County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for South Carolina Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Abbeville County, SC Census Records

What Abbeville County, SC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Abbeville Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Abbeville Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Abbeville Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Abbeville Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Abbeville County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Abbeville County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Abbeville County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Abbeville County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Fires in January and November of 1872 and January 1873 destroyed virtually all records except those of the probate and equity courts. Records of Ninety-Six Circuit Court District are housed in Abbeville County.

  • Abbeville County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 102 Court Square, Abbeville, SC 29620
  • Abbeville County Clerk of Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.
    • Phone: 864-366-5312   Ext. 62
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1772
  • Abbeville County Clerk of Court is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record. The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court which handles juvenile and domestic cases. Also records and maintain deeds, mortgages, plats, state and federal tax liens, mechanics liens, uniform commercial code filings, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
    • Phone: (864) 366-5312 Ext. 55
    • Court Records: 1791
    • Land Records: 1791
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Abbeville County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Abbeville County: Greenwood County in 1871 and McCormick County in 1916

Abbeville County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Abbeville County, SC?
A list of Abbeville County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Abbeville County, SC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Abbeville County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Abbeville County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Abbeville Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Abbeville Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Abbeville Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Abbeville Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Abbeville Co. SC Military Records

Abbeville Co. SC Schools & Directories

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