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Florence County, South Carolina Facts

Florence County

When was Florence County, SC Created?
Florence County was established on December 22, 1888 from Clarendon County, Darlington County, Marion County, and Williamsburg County. The county was named in honor of Florence Harllee, wife of Wilmington and Manchester Railroad founder W.W. Harllee.

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

What counties are adjacent to Florence County, SC?
Bordering counties are Williamsburg County (south), Marion County (east), Dillon County (north), Marlboro County (north), Darlington County (northwest), Sumter County (west), Lee County (west), Clarendon County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Florence County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Coward, Effingham, Florence, Johnsonville, Lake City, Mars Bluff, Olanta, Pamplico, Quinby, Scranton, Timmonsville.

Florence County, SC Vital Records

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

Florence 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 Florence 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.

Florence County, SC Census Records

What Florence 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 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Florence 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.

Florence County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Florence County Courthouse

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

  • Florence County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 180 North Irby Street Florence, South Carolina 29501
  • Florence 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: 843-665-3085
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1889
  • Florence 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) 665-3031
    • Land Records: 1889
    • Court Records: 1889
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Florence County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Florence County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Florence Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Florence Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Florence Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Florence Co. SC General and History Websites

Florence Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Florence Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Florence Co. SC Military Records

Florence Co. SC Schools & Directories

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