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Lexington County, South Carolina Facts

Lexington County

When was Lexington County, SC Created?
Lexington County was established on 1804 from Orangeburg County (Formed from territory of Lexington County (non-functioning) in Orangeburgh District). The county was named for the Battle of Lexington, opening skirmish of the Revolutionary War .

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

What counties are adjacent to Lexington County, SC?
Bordering counties are Richland County (east), Orangeburg County (southeast), Calhoun County (southeast), Aiken County (southwest), Saluda County (west), Newberry County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Lexington County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Batesburg-Leesville, Cayce, Chapin, Columbia, Gaston, Gilbert, Irmo, Lexington, Oak Grove, Pelion, Pine Ridge, Red Bank, Seven Oaks, South Congaree, Springdale, Summit, Swansea, West Columbia

Lexington County, SC Vital Records

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

Lexington 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 Lexington 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.

Lexington County, SC Census Records

What Lexington 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.

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

Lexington County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Lexington County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Lexington County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Lexington County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Record loss in 1839. In February 1865, advancing federal troops destroyed pre-1839 records of the clerk of court; the destruction included deeds and virtually all probate records.

  • Lexington County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 205 E. Main St., Lexington, SC 29072
  • Lexington 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: 212 South Lake Drive, Suite 301, Lexington, South Carolina
    • Phone: 803-785-8168
    • Land Records: 1839
  • Lexington 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: 803-785-8324
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1809
  • Lexington 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: 803-785-8212
    • Court Records: 1800
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Lexington 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 Lexington County: Aiken County in 1871 and Calhoun County in 1908

Lexington County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lexington Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Lexington Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lexington Co. SC General and History Websites

Lexington Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Lexington Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lexington Co. SC Military Records

Lexington Co. SC Schools & Directories

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