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Colleton County

When was Colleton County, SC Created?
Colleton County was established on 1800 from Charleston County (one time contained St. Bartholomew Parish, St. Paul Parish, and St. George Dorchester Parish. In 1769 the parishes became part of the Charleston District, until 1800 when they formed the Colleton District). The county was named in honor of John Colleton, colonial proprietary landowner .

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

What counties are adjacent to Colleton County, SC?
Bordering counties are Orangeburg County (north), Dorchester County (northeast), Charleston County (east), Beaufort County (south), Hampton County (west), Allendale County (west), Bamberg County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Colleton County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Cottageville, Edisto Beach, Green Pond, Lodge, Round O, Ruffin, Smoaks, Walterboro, Williams, Jacksonboro.


Colleton County, SC Vital Records

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

Colleton 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 Colleton 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.


Colleton County, SC Census Records

What Colleton 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.

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


Colleton County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Colleton County Courthouse

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

Records were evacuated to Columbia in February 1865, where fire destroyed them. Deed books have suffered heavy losses. Virtually no pre-1865 records survived.

  • Colleton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Colleton 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.
    • Address: 31 Klein Street, P.O. Box 157, Walterboro, SC 29488
    • Phone: 843-542-2745
    • Land Records: 1802
  • Colleton 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: 239 N. Jefferies Blvd., Walterboro, SC 29488
    • Phone: 843-549-7216
    • Marriage Records: 1911
    • Probate Records: 1865
  • Colleton 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.
    • Address: 101 Hampton Street, P.O. Box 620, Walterboro, SC 29488
    • Phone: (843) 549-5791
    • Court Records: 1807
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Colleton County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Colleton County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Colleton County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Colleton 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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