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Marion County, South Carolina Facts

Marion County

When was Marion County, SC Created?
Marion County was established on 1785 from Georgetown District (originally called Liberty County, it renamed and became a separate district in 1800). The county was named in honor of Francis Marion, Revolutionary War general .

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

What counties are adjacent to Marion County, SC?
Bordering counties are Dillon County (north), Horry County (east), Georgetown County (south), Williamsburg County (southwest), Florence County (west).

What cities and towns are in Marion County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Brittons Neck, Centenary, Gresham, Marion, Mullins, Nichols, Rains, Sellers, Temperance Hill.


Marion County, SC Vital Records

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

Marion 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 Marion 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.


Marion County, SC Census Records

What Marion 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.

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


Marion County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Marion County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Marion County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Marion County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Probate and Clerk of Court records prior to about 1906 are now located in the Marion County Archives and History Center, 101 North Main St., Marion, SC.

  • Marion County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • Marion 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.
    • Address: 201 Court Street, Marion, South Carolina 29571
    • Phone: 843-423-8244
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1790
  • Marion 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. 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.
    • Address: 100 West Court Street, Marion, South Carolina 29571
    • Phone: 843-423-8240
    • Land Records: 1800
    • Court Records: 1800
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Marion 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 Marion County: Florence County in 1888 and Dillon County in 1910


Marion County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Marion Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Marion Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marion Co. SC General and History Websites

Marion Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Marion Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marion Co. SC Military Records

Marion Co. SC Schools & Directories

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