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Kershaw County, South Carolina Facts

Kershaw County

When was Kershaw County, SC Created?
Kershaw County was established on 1798 from Claremont County, Fairfield County, Lancaster County, and Richland County. The county was named in honor of Joseph Kershaw, one of the county's pioneering settlers .

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

What counties are adjacent to Kershaw County, SC?
Bordering counties are Lancaster County (north), Chesterfield County (northeast), Darlington County (east), Lee County (southeast), Sumter County (southeast), Richland County (southwest), Fairfield County (west).

What cities and towns are in Kershaw County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Antioch, Bethune, Boykin, Camden, Cassatt, Elgin, Kershaw, Liberty Hill, Lugoff, Westville.

Kershaw County, SC Vital Records

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

Kershaw 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 Kershaw 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.

Kershaw County, SC Census Records

What Kershaw 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 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Kershaw County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Kershaw County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Kershaw County Courthouse?
The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Kershaw county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Major loss of equity records resulted from the negligence of Thomas P. Evans, commissioner in equity from 1822-1829. Records of Camden Circuit Court and Equity Circuit districts are housed in Kershaw County.

Old Kershaw County Courthouse
  • Kershaw County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1121 Broad St., Camden, SC 29020
  • Kershaw 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: 515 Walnut Street, Room 180, Camden, SC 29020
    • Phone: 803-425-1500
    • Land Records: 1787
  • Kershaw 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: 803-425-1503
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1782
  • Kershaw 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: 803-425-1500
    • Court Records: 1783
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Kershaw County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Kershaw County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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