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Berkeley County

When was Berkeley County, SC Created?
Berkeley County was established on January 31, 1882 from Charleston County (was orginally created in 1682, and included St. John Berkeley Parish, St. James Goose Creek Parish, St. James Santee Parish, St. Stephen Parish, and St. Thomas Parish and St. Denis Parish.But in 1769 Berkeley County and the parishes became part of Charleston District). The county was named in honor of William Berkeley, colonial proprietary governor and landowner .

What is the County Seat of Berkeley County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in Moncks Corner plus the county government website is berkeleycountysc.gov

What counties are adjacent to Berkeley County, SC?
Bordering counties are Georgetown County (northeast), Williamsburg County (northeast), Charleston County (south), Dorchester County (west), Orangeburg County (northwest), Clarendon County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Berkeley County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Bonneau, Charleston, Cross, Goose Creek, Gumville, Hanahan, Huger, Jamestown, Ladson, Moncks Corner, North Charleston, Pinopolis, St. Stephen, Summerville, Pineville


Berkeley County, SC Vital Records

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

Berkeley 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 Berkeley 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.


Berkeley County, SC Census Records

What Berkeley 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 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Berkeley 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.


Berkeley County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Berkeley County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Berkeley County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Berkeley County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

  • Berkeley County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1003 Hwy 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
  • Berkeley 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) 719-4084 
    • Land Records: 1883
  • Berkeley 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) 719-4519
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1883
  • Berkeley 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.
    • Address: 300-B California Avenue, Moncks Corner, SC 29461
    • Phone: (843) 719-4400
    • Court Records: 1881
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Berkeley County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Berkeley County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Berkeley Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Berkeley Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Berkeley Co. SC General and History Websites

Berkeley Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Berkeley Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Berkeley Co. SC Military Records

Berkeley Co. SC Schools & Directories

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