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Georgetown County

When was Georgetown County, SC Created?
Georgetown County was established on 1769 from 1769 Judicial District (originally called Winyah County but was renamed in 1800). The county was named in honor of King George II of Great Britain.

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

What counties are adjacent to Georgetown County, SC?
Bordering counties are Williamsburg County (west), Horry County (north), Berkeley County (southwest), Charleston County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Georgetown County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Andrews, Georgetown, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island


Georgetown County, SC Vital Records

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

Georgetown 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 Georgetown 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.


Georgetown County, SC Census Records

What Georgetown 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.

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


Georgetown County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Georgetown County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Georgetown County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Georgetown County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. In 1862 during the Civil War, Georgetown's records were sent to Chesterfield courthouse for safekeeping. They were destroyed there by fire during General Sherman's Union army occupation of that city in March 1865. Deed books have suffered heavy record loss.

  • Georgetown County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address:401 Cleland Street, Georgetown, SC 29442
  • Georgetown 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: 129 Screven Street, Room 109, Georgetown, SC 29442
    • Phone: (843)-545-3088
    • Land Records: 1862
  • Georgetown 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)-545-3274
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1862
  • Georgetown 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)-545-3215
    • Court Records: 1783
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Georgetown County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Georgetown County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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