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Chester County, South Carolina

Chester County

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.

The Chester County Seat is situated in Chester plus the county government website is

Areas adjacent to Chester County are York County (north), Lancaster County (east), Fairfield County (south), Union County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Chester county include Chester, Fort Lawn, Great Falls, Lowrys, Richburg

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 New York for current fees and application process.

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 does have 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 Society and Family History Resources

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

Chester County Courthouse and Government Records

Chester County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Chester 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 Chester 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 Chester 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.
  • 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 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: 129 Wylie Street, PO Box 724, Chester, SC 29706
    • Phone: (803) 385-6152
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Chester County Links

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. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Chester County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Chester Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Chester Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Chester Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Chester Co. SC Census Records

Chester Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Chester Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Chester Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Chester Co. SC General and History Websites

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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