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Union County

When was Union County, SC Created?
Union County was established on 1798 from Ninety-Six District. The county was named for the Union Church, the first Christian place of worship in the area .

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

What counties are adjacent to Union County, SC?
Bordering counties are Cherokee County (north), York County (northeast), Chester County (east), Fairfield County (southeast), Newberry County (south), Laurens County (southwest), Spartanburg County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Union County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Carlisle, Jonesville, Lockhart, Union.

Union County, SC Vital Records

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

Union 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 Union 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.

Union County, SC Census Records

What Union 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 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Union County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Union County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Union County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Union County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Records of Western and Pinckney Equity Circuit Districts are housed in Union County.

  • Union County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 210 West Main Street, Union, South Carolina 29379
  • Union 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: 864-429-1625
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1777
  • Union 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: 864-429-1630
    • Land Records: 1778
    • Court Records: 1785
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Union 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 Union County: Cherokee County in 1897 and McCormick County in 1916

Union County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Union Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Union Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Union Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Union Co. SC General and History Websites

Union Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Union Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Union Co. SC Military Records

Union Co. SC Schools & Directories

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