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Hampton County, South Carolina Facts

Hampton County

When was Hampton County, SC Created?
Hampton County was established on February 18, 1878 from Beaufort County. The county was named in honor of Wade Hampton, Congressman from South Carolina and once the nation's wealthiest citizen .

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

What counties are adjacent to Hampton County, SC?
Bordering counties are Bamberg County (north), Colleton County (east), Beaufort County (southeast), Jasper County (south), Effingham County, Georgia (southwest), Screven County, Georgia (west), Allendale County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Hampton County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Brunson, Estill, Furman, Gifford, Hampton, Lena, Luray, McPhersonville, Scotia, Varnville, Yemassee.

Hampton County, SC Vital Records

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

Hampton 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 Hampton 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.

Hampton County, SC Census Records

What Hampton 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 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Hampton Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Hampton Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1880. Hampton 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.

Hampton County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Hampton County Courthouse

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

  • Hampton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1 Courthouse Square, Hampton, SC 29924
  • Hampton 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: 803-914-2183
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1878
  • Hampton 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: 803-914-2250
    • Land Records: 1878
    • Court Records: 1878
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Hampton County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Hampton County: Jasper County in 1912 and Allendale County in 1919

Hampton County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Hampton Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Hampton Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hampton Co. SC General and History Websites

Hampton Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Hampton Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hampton Co. SC Military Records

Hampton Co. SC Schools & Directories

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