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Oconee County, South Carolina Facts

Oconee County

When was Oconee County, SC Created?
Oconee County was established on 1868 from Pickens County. The county was named for the Oconee Native Americans .

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

What counties are adjacent to Oconee County, SC?
Bordering counties are Jackson County, North Carolina (north), Transylvania County, North Carolina (northeast), Pickens County (east), Anderson County (southeast), Hart County, Georgia (south), Franklin County, Georgia (south), Stephens County, Georgia (southwest), Habersham County, Georgia (west), Rabun County, Georgia (west), Macon County, North Carolina (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Oconee County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Salem, Seneca, Walhalla, West Union, Westminster.

Oconee County, SC Vital Records

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

Oconee 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 Oconee 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.

Oconee County, SC Census Records

What Oconee 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 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Oconee Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Oconee Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Oconee 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.

Oconee County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Oconee County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Oconee County Courthouse?
The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Oconee county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

Old Oconee County Courthouse
  • Oconee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 415 South Pine Street, Walhalla, SC 29691
  • Oconee 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.
    • Phone: 864-638-4285
    • Land Records: 1868
  • Oconee 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: 864-638-4275
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1868
  • Oconee 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: 864-638-4280
    • Court Records: 1868
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Oconee County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Oconee County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Oconee County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Oconee 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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Oconee Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

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Oconee Co. SC Military Records

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