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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 .
Areas adjacent to Colleton County are Orangeburg County (north), Dorchester County (northeast), Charleston County (east), Beaufort County (south), Hampton County (west), Allendale County (west), Bamberg County (northwest).
Cities and towns to be found in Colleton county include Cottageville, Edisto Beach, Green Pond, Lodge, Round O, Ruffin, Smoaks, Walterboro, Williams, Jacksonboro.
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.
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 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.
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.
A list of Colleton County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Colleton 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 Colleton 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 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.
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. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Colleton County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.