Clarendon County, South Carolina
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Clarendon County

Clarendon County was established on 1855 from Sumter County (was first created in 1785 but in 1800 it became part of Sumter District). The county was named in honor of Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, colonial proprietary landowner .

The Clarendon County Seat is situated in Manning plus the county government website is www.clarendoncounty.sc.gov/

Areas adjacent to Clarendon County are Sumter County (north), Florence County (northeast), Williamsburg County (east), Berkeley County (southeast), Orangeburg County (southwest), Calhoun County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Clarendon county include Alcolu, Manning, Paxville, Silver, Summerton, Turbeville.

Clarendon 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 Clarendon 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.

Clarendon 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.

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

Clarendon County Society and Family History Resources

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

Clarendon County Courthouse and Government Records


Clarendon County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Clarendon 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 Clarendon 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 Clarendon county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Although records were removed before General Edward H. Potter's Union cavalry destroyed Manning in April 1865, Clarendon's loose probate papers were destroyed later, at an undetermined date; they begin in 1875. Sumter suffered a major loss of probate records and deeds, on 27 November 1801, when fire destroyed the residence of Sumter District Clerk of Court John Horan, in Stateburg. This fire also consumed the records of Clarendon, Claremont, and Salem counties. Record loss, 1911.

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.
  • Clarendon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 3 W. Keitt Street, Manning, South Carolina 29102
  • Clarendon 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: 803-435-4444
    • Land Records: 1856
  • Clarendon 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) 435-8774
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1856
  • Clarendon 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.
    • Phone: (803) 435-4443 
    • Court Records: 1856
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Clarendon County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Clarendon 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: 110 East Boyce Street, Manning, SC 29102
    • Phone: (803) 435-8168/8178
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Clarendon County Links

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

Clarendon Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clarendon Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Clarendon Co. SC Census Records

Clarendon Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Clarendon Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Clarendon Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clarendon Co. SC General and History Websites

Clarendon Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

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Clarendon Co. SC Military Records

Clarendon Co. SC Schools & Directories

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