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Orangeburg County

When was Orangeburg County, SC Created?
Orangeburg County was established on 1769 from 1769 Judicial District. The county was named in honor of King William V of Orange.

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

What counties are adjacent to Orangeburg County, SC?
Bordering counties are Calhoun County (north), Clarendon County (northeast), Dorchester County (southeast), Berkeley County (southeast), Bamberg County (south), Colleton County (south), Aiken County (west), Barnwell County (west), Lexington County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Orangeburg County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Bowman, Branchville, Brookdale, Cope, Cordova, Elloree, Eutawville, Holly Hill, Livingston, Neeses, North, Norway, Orangeburg, Rowesville, Santee, Springfield, Vance, Wilkinson Heights, Woodford.


Orangeburg County, SC Vital Records

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

Orangeburg 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 Orangeburg 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.


Orangeburg County, SC Census Records

What Orangeburg 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.

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


Orangeburg County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Orangeburg County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Orangeburg County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Orangeburg County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Public records were removed to Columbia early in 1865; on 17 February 1865, they were burned there during Sherman's occupation. Deed books suffered heavy record loss. Records fragmented.

  • Orangeburg County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 190 Gibson Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115
  • Orangeburg 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.
  • Orangeburg 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: 803-533-6280
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1864
  • Orangeburg 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: 803-533-6260
    • Court Records: 1824
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Orangeburg 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 Orangeburg County: Aiken County in 1871 and Calhoun County in 1908


Orangeburg County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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