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Spartanburg County

When was Spartanburg County, SC Created?
Spartanburg County was established on 1785 from Ninety-Six District, and from 1791 to 1799 it was part of Pinckney District. The county was named in honor of "Spartan Regiment" of the state militia, which was the key force for victory in the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowpens.

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

What counties are adjacent to Spartanburg County, SC?
Bordering counties are Rutherford County, North Carolina (north), Cherokee County (east), Union County (southeast), Laurens County (south), Greenville County (west), Polk County, North Carolina (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Spartanburg County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Campobello, Central Pacolet, Chesnee, Cowpens, Duncan, Greer, Inman, Landrum, Lyman, Pacolet, Reidville, Spartanburg, Wellford, Woodruff

Spartanburg County, SC Vital Records

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

Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg 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.

Spartanburg County, SC Census Records

What Spartanburg 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.

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

Spartanburg County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Spartanburg County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Spartanburg County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Spartanburg County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

  • Spartanburg County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg, South Carolina 29306
  • Spartanburg 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: 366 North Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303
    • Phone: (864) 596-2514
    • Land Records: 1784
  • Spartanburg 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) 596-2556
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1787
  • Spartanburg 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: 864-596-2591
    • Court Records: 1785
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Spartanburg 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 Spartanburg County: Cherokee County in 1897.

Spartanburg County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Spartanburg County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Spartanburg 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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Spartanburg Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Spartanburg Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Spartanburg Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Spartanburg Co. SC Military Records

Spartanburg Co. SC Schools & Directories

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