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Clarendon County

When was Clarendon County, SC Created?
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 .

What is the County Seat of Clarendon County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in Manning plus the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Clarendon County, SC?
Bordering counties are Sumter County (north), Florence County (northeast), Williamsburg County (east), Berkeley County (southeast), Orangeburg County (southwest), Calhoun County (west).

What cities and towns are in Clarendon County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Alcolu, Manning, Paxville, Silver, Summerton, Turbeville.

Clarendon County, SC Vital Records

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

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

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, SC Census Records

What Clarendon 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.

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, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Clarendon County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Clarendon County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court 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.

  • 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, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Clarendon Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

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Clarendon Co. SC Military Records

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