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Darlington County, South Carolina Facts

Darlington County

When was Darlington County, SC Created?
Darlington County was established on 1785 from Cheraws District and until 1800 it remained a part of the Cheraws District. The county was named for Darlington, England.

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

What counties are adjacent to Darlington County, SC?
Bordering counties are Marlboro County (northeast), Florence County (southeast), Lee County (southwest), Kershaw County (west), Chesterfield County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Darlington County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar, North Hartsville, Society Hill

Darlington County, SC Vital Records

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

Darlington 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 Darlington 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.

Darlington County, SC Census Records

What Darlington 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.

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

Darlington County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Darlington County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Darlington County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Darlington County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. A courthouse fire on 19 March 1806 destroyed most of Darlington County's records with the exception of early probate files; this fire also destroyed the early records of the Cheraw Judicial District. The negligence of a local district ordinary also resulted in the subsequent destruction of a portion of loose probate papers.

  • Darlington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1 Public Square, Darlington, South Carolina 29532
  • Darlington 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: (843) 398-4310 or (843) 398-4311
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1783
  • Darlington 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: (843) 398-4330
    • Land Records: 1803
    • Court Records: 1801
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Darlington County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Darlington County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Darlington County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Darlington 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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Darlington Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Darlington Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Darlington Co. SC General and History Websites

Darlington Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Darlington Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Darlington Co. SC Military Records

Darlington Co. SC Schools & Directories

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