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Chester County

When was Chester County, SC Created?
Chester County was established on 1785 from Camden District but was later moved to Pinckney District (1791-1800) and became a separate district in 1800. The county was named for Chester, Pennsylvania.

What is the County Seat of Chester County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in Chester plus the county government website is www.chestercounty.org/

What counties are adjacent to Chester County, SC?
Bordering counties are York County (north), Lancaster County (east), Fairfield County (south), Union County (west).

What cities and towns are in Chester County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Chester, Fort Lawn, Great Falls, Lowrys, Richburg


Chester County, SC Vital Records

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

Chester 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 Chester 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.


Chester County, SC Census Records

What Chester 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 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Chester County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Chester County Courthouse

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

  • Chester County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 140 Main St, Chester, SC 29706
  • Chester 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: (803) 385-2604
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1787
  • Chester 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. Also 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: (803) 385-2605
    • Land Records: 1785
    • Court Records: 1785
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Chester County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Chester County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Chester County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Chester 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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Chester Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Chester Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Chester Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Chester Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Chester Co. SC Military Records

Chester Co. SC Schools & Directories

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