Kershaw County, South Carolina

Kershaw County

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 .

The Kershaw County Seat is situated in Camden plus the county government website is www.kershaw.sc.gov/

Areas adjacent to Kershaw County are Lancaster County (north), Chesterfield County (northeast), Darlington County (east), Lee County (southeast), Sumter County (southeast), Richland County (southwest), Fairfield County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Kershaw county include Antioch, Bethune, Boykin, Camden, Cassatt, Elgin, Kershaw, Liberty Hill, Lugoff, Westville.

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.

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 does have 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 Society and Family History Resources

A list of Kershaw County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Kershaw County Courthouse and Government Records


Kershaw County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Kershaw County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in South Carolina courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the desires and worries of the many South Carolina men and women.


Old Kershaw County Courthouse

The chances are very good that your particular ancestors have left a detailed document of at least several aspects of their lives in the Kershaw County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

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.

I highly recommend you call the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will aid persons in locating the resources, however it is up to the particular person to complete the basic research.
  • 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 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
    • Address: 1116 Church Street, Camden, SC 29020
    • Phone: (803) 425-6012
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Kershaw County Links

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. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Kershaw County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Kershaw Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Kershaw Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Kershaw Co. SC Census Records

Kershaw Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Kershaw Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Kershaw Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Kershaw Co. SC General and History Websites

Kershaw Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

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Kershaw Co. SC Military Records

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