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Dorchester County

When was Dorchester County, SC Created?
Dorchester County was established on February 25, 1897 from Berkeley County and Colleton County. The county was named for the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

What is the County Seat of Dorchester County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in St. George plus the county government website is www.dorchestercounty.net/

What counties are adjacent to Dorchester County, SC?
Bordering counties are Berkeley County (east), Charleston County (southeast), Colleton County (southwest), Bamberg County (west), Orangeburg County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Dorchester County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Grover, Harleyville, North Charleston, Reevesville, Ridgeville, St. George, Summerville, Ladson.


Dorchester County, SC Vital Records

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

Dorchester 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 Dorchester 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.


Dorchester County, SC Census Records

What Dorchester 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 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.


Dorchester County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Dorchester County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Dorchester County Courthouse?
The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Dorchester county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.


Old Dorchester County Courthouse
  • Dorchester County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 5200 East Jim Bilton Boulevard, St. George, S.C. 29477
  • Dorchester 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: 201 Johnston Street, Saint George, SC 29477
    • Phone: Summerville area - 843-832-0181 St. George area - 843-563-0181
    • Land Records: 1897
  • Dorchester 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: 843-563-5785 or 843-851-5785
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1897
  • Dorchester 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: (843) 563 -0160
    • Court Records: 1897
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Dorchester County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Dorchester County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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