Cherokee County, South Carolina

Cherokee County

Cherokee County was established on February 25, 1897 from Spartanburg County, Union County and York County. The county was named for the Cherokee Native Americans .

The Cherokee County Seat is situated in Gaffney plus the county government website is delisac.site.aplus.net/cherokeecountysouthcarolina/

Areas adjacent to Cherokee County are Cleveland County, NC (north), York County (east), Union County (south), Spartanburg County (west), Rutherford County, NC (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Cherokee county include Blacksburg, Chesnee, Gaffney, Smyrna

Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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.

Cherokee County does have Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Cherokee County Society and Family History Resources

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

Cherokee County Courthouse and Government Records


Cherokee County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee 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.
  • Cherokee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Cherokee 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.
    • Address: 1434 North Limestone Street, Gaffney, South Carolina 29341
    • Phone: (864) 487-2583
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1897
  • Cherokee County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds 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: 125 E. Floyd Baker Blvd., Gaffney, S.C. 29342
    • Phone: 864-487-2571
    • Land Records: 1897
    • Court Records: 1897
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Cherokee County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Cherokee 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: 400 S. Logan St., PO Box 338, Gaffney, SC 29342
    • Phone: (864) 487-2705
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Cherokee County Links

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

Cherokee Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Cherokee Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Cherokee Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Cherokee Co. SC Census Records

Cherokee Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Cherokee Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Cherokee Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cherokee Co. SC General and History Websites

Cherokee Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Cherokee Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cherokee Co. SC Military Records

Cherokee Co. SC Schools & Directories

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