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Marlboro County, South Carolina Facts

Marlboro County

When was Marlboro County, SC Created?
Marlboro County was established on March 2, 1785 from Cheraws District. The county was named in honor of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, English general, diplomat, and confidant of monarchs.

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

What counties are adjacent to Marlboro County, SC?
Bordering counties are Richmond County, North Carolina (north), Scotland County, North Carolina (northeast), Robeson County, North Carolina (east), Dillon County (east), Florence County (south), Darlington County (southwest), Chesterfield County (west), Anson County, North Carolina (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Marlboro County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Bennettsville, Blenheim, Clio, McColl, Tatum, Wallace

Marlboro County, SC Vital Records

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

Marlboro 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 Marlboro 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.

Marlboro County, SC Census Records

What Marlboro 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.

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

Marlboro County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Marlboro County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Marlboro County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Marlboro County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Probate estate records and marriage licenses up to 1950 are on microfilm at the Marlboro County Public Library for genealogy research and public viewing.  We recommend using the library due to little space to work in the vault at the Probate Judge's Office.

  • Marlboro County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 105 Main Street, Bennettsville, SC 29512
  • Marlboro 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: 843-479-5610
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1787
  • Marlboro 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:  843-479-5613
    • Land Records: 1786
    • Court Records: 1785
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Marlboro County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Marlboro County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Marlboro County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Marlboro 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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Marlboro Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Marlboro Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Marlboro Co. SC General and History Websites

Marlboro Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Marlboro Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Marlboro Co. SC Military Records

Marlboro Co. SC Schools & Directories

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