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Sumter County

When was Sumter County, SC Created?
Sumter County was established on 1798 from Claremont County, Clarendon County, and Salem County were Sumter District in 1800 (Clarendon was once again split off in 1857). The county was named in honor of Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary War general and U.S. Senator from South Carolina .

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

What counties are adjacent to Sumter County, SC?
Bordering counties are Lee County (north), Florence County (northeast), Clarendon County (south), Calhoun County (southwest), Richland County (west), Kershaw County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Sumter County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Dalzell, East Sumter, Mayesville, Shiloh, South Sumter, Sumter, Wedgefield.


Sumter County, SC Vital Records

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

Sumter 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 Sumter 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.


Sumter County, SC Census Records

What Sumter 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.

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


Sumter County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


Sumter County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Sumter County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Sumter County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Sumter suffered a major loss of probate records and deeds, on 27 November 1801, when fire destroyed the residence of Sumter District Clerk of Court John Horan, in Stateburg. This fire also consumed the records of Clarendon, Claremont, and Salem counties.

  • Sumter County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 13 E. Canal St., Sumter, SC 29150
  • Sumter 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: 141 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150
    • Phone: 803-436-2223
    • Land Records: 1801
  • Sumter 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: 141 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150
    • Phone: 803-436-2166
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1774
  • Sumter 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.
    • Address: 141 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150
    • Phone: 803-436-2223
    • Court Records: 1795
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Sumter 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 Sumter County: Clarendon County in 1857 and Lee County in 1902


Sumter County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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