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Anderson County, South Carolina Facts

Anderson County

When was Anderson County, SC Created?
Anderson County was established on December 20, 1826 from Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time). The county was named in honor of Robert Anderson, American Revolutionary War general and Southern surveyor .

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

What counties are adjacent to Anderson County, SC?
Bordering counties are Pickens County (north), Greenville County (northeast), Laurens County (east), Abbeville County (south), Elbert County, Georgia (southwest), Hart County, Georgia (west), Oconee County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Anderson County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Anderson, Belton, Clemson, Easley, Honea Path, Iva, Pelzer, Pendleton, Starr, West Pelzer, Williamston.

Anderson County, SC Vital Records

Where can find Anderson County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Anderson 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.

Anderson 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 Anderson 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.

Anderson County, SC Census Records

What Anderson 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 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Anderson Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Anderson Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Anderson Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Anderson 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.

Anderson County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Anderson County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Anderson County Courthouse?
The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Anderson County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Records of Pendleton County in Ninety-Six and Washington Districts and Pendleton District are housed in Anderson County.

Old Anderson County Courthouse
  • Anderson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 South Main Street, Anderson, SC 29624
  • Anderson County Register of Deeds  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) 260-4054
    • Land Records: 1826
  • Anderson 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) 260-4049
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1826
  • Anderson 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: (864) 260-4053
    • Court Records: 1826
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Anderson County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Anderson County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Anderson County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Anderson 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.

Anderson Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Anderson Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Anderson Co. SC General and History Websites

Anderson Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Anderson Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Anderson Co. SC Military Records

Anderson Co. SC Schools & Directories

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