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Cherokee County, South Carolina Facts

Cherokee County

When was Cherokee County, SC Created?
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 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Cherokee County, SC?
Bordering counties are Cleveland County, NC (north), York County (east), Union County (south), Spartanburg County (west), Rutherford County, NC (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Cherokee County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Blacksburg, Chesnee, Gaffney, Smyrna


Cherokee County, SC Vital Records

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

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. There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915

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, SC Census Records

What Cherokee 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 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Cherokee County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Cherokee County Courthouse

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

  • 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, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Cherokee County, SC?
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.

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