Beaufort County, South Carolina
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Beaufort County

Beaufort County was established on  1769 from 1769 Beaufort District containing of Prince William Parish, St. Luke Parish, St. Helena Parish, and St. Peter Parish. The county was named in honor of Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort, colonial proprietary landowner .

The Beaufort County Seat is situated in Beaufort plus the county government website is www.co.beaufort.sc.us/

Areas adjacent to Beaufort County are Colleton County (north), Jasper County (west), Hampton County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Beaufort county include Beaufort, Bluffton, Burton, Hilton Head Island, Laurel Bay, Parris Island, Port Royal, Shell Point, Yemassee.

Beaufort 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 Beaufort 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.

Beaufort County does have Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Beaufort County Society and Family History Resources

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

Beaufort County Courthouse and Government Records


Beaufort County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Beaufort 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.


Old Beaufort County Courthouse

The chances are very good that your particular ancestors have left a detailed document of at least several aspects of their lives in the Beaufort 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 Beaufort county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Beaufort suffered a major loss in February 1865 after records had been removed to Columbia for safety and subsequent losses during Reconstruction. Deed books in particular have suffered heavy losses. Beaufort District absorbed the four counties in Beaufort Circuit Court District.

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.
  • Beaufort County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 102 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29901
  • Beaufort 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: (843) 255-2555
    • Land Records: 1863
  • Beaufort 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: (843) 255-5660
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Beaufort 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: (843)255-5050
    • Court Records: 1865
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Beaufort County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Beaufort 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: 1407 King St., Beaufort, SC 29902
    • Phone: (843) 525-7603
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Beaufort County: Hampton County in 1878.

Beaufort County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Beaufort 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 Beaufort County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Beaufort Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Beaufort Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Beaufort Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Beaufort Co. SC Census Records

Beaufort Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Beaufort Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Beaufort Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Beaufort Co. SC General and History Websites

Beaufort Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Beaufort Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Beaufort Co. SC Military Records

Beaufort Co. SC Schools & Directories

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