Aiken County, South Carolina

Aiken County

Aiken County was established on March 10, 1871 from Orangeburg County, Lexington County, Edgefield County, and Barnwell County. The county was named in honor of William Aiken, founder of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company.

The Aiken County Seat is situated in Aiken plus the county government website is www.aikencountysc.gov

Areas adjacent to Aiken County are Saluda County (north), Lexington County (northeast), Orangeburg County (east), Barnwell County (south), Burke County, GA (southwest), Edgefield County (west), Richmond County, GA (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Aiken county include Aiken, Bath, Beech Island, Belvedere, Burnettown, Clearwater, Gloverville, Graniteville, Jackson, Langley, Monetta, New Ellenton, North Augusta, Perry, Salley, Vaucluse, Wagener, Warrenville, Windsor

Aiken 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.

You can search online for Aiken 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.

Aiken County does have Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Aiken Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Aiken Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Aiken 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.

Aiken County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Aiken County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Aiken County Courthouse and Government Records


Aiken County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Aiken County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in South Carolina courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the desires and worries of the many South Carolina men and women.

The chances are very good that your particular ancestors have left a detailed document of at least several aspects of their lives in the Aiken County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Aiken county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

I highly recommend you call the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will aid persons in locating the resources, however it is up to the particular person to complete the basic research.
  • Aiken County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 109 Park Avenue SE, Aiken, SC 29801
  • Aiken County Registrar Mesne Conveyance  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.
    • Address: 828 Richland Avenue West, Aiken, SC 29801
    • Phone: 803-642-2072
    • Land Records: 1872
  • Aiken 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: (803) 642-2000
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1872
  • Aiken 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.
    • Phone: (803) 642-1587
    • Court Records: 1871
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Aiken County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Aiken 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
    • Address: 828 Richland Avenue, West, Aiken, SC 29801
    • Phone: (803) 642-1687
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Aiken County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Aiken 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. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Aiken County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Aiken Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Aiken Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Aiken Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Aiken Co. SC Census Records

Aiken Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Aiken Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Aiken Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Aiken Co. SC General and History Websites

Aiken Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Aiken Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Aiken Co. SC Military Records

Aiken Co. SC Schools & Directories

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