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Laurens County, South Carolina Facts

Laurens County

When was Laurens County, SC Created?
Laurens County was established on March 12, 1785 from Ninety-Six District. The county was named in honor of Henry Laurens, president of the Second Continental Congress and prisoner of war during the American Revolution .

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

What counties are adjacent to Laurens County, SC?
Bordering counties are Spartanburg County (north), Union County (northeast), Newberry County (southeast), Greenwood County (south), Abbeville County (southwest), Anderson County (west), Greenville County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Laurens County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Clinton, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Laurens, Ware Shoals, Waterloo.


Laurens County, SC Vital Records

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

Laurens 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 Laurens 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.


Laurens County, SC Census Records

What Laurens 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.

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


Laurens County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Laurens County Courthouse

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

  • Laurens County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 Hillcrest Square, Laurens, SC 29360
  • Laurens 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: 864-984-7315
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1766
  • Laurens 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:864-984-3538
    • Land Records: 1774
    • Court Records: 1789
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Laurens County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Laurens County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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