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'''Dorchester County, South Carolina''' genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.
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Dorchester County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Dorchester County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.
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{{Dorchester County, South Carolina}} The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.  
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African Americans  ====
 
==== African Americans  ====
  
''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina African Americans]]''
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina African Americans]]''  
  
Known plantations [http://south-carolina-plantations.com/dorchester/dorchester-county.html South Carolina Plantations]:
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Known plantations [http://south-carolina-plantations.com/dorchester/dorchester-county.html South Carolina Plantations]:  
  
*Archdale Hall - North Charleston
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*Archdale Hall - North Charleston  
*Bakers
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*Bakers  
*Blake's Cypress
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*Blake's Cypress  
*Branford's
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*Branford's  
*Burton
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*Burton  
*Cedar Grove
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*Cedar Grove  
*Clear Spring
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*Clear Spring  
*Corn Hill
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*Corn Hill  
*Cow Savanna
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*Cow Savanna  
*Deerfield
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*Deerfield  
*Dorchester
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*Dorchester  
*Jack Savanna
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*Jack Savanna  
*Joseph Izard
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*Joseph Izard  
*Koger - Grover
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*Koger - Grover  
*Langleys
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*Langleys  
*Middleton Place
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*Middleton Place  
*Mount Boone
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*Mount Boone  
*Newington - Summerville
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*Newington - Summerville  
*Oak Forest
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*Oak Forest  
*Oak Grove
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*Oak Grove  
*Oaks
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*Oaks  
*Oatland
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*Oatland  
*Perry
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*Perry  
*Pinckney Plains
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*Pinckney Plains  
*Pine Hill
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*Pine Hill  
*Pinehurst Tea - Summerville
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*Pinehurst Tea - Summerville  
*Ponds
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*Ponds  
*Rose Hill
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*Rose Hill  
*Sanders
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*Sanders  
*Spring Farm - Summerville
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*Spring Farm - Summerville  
*Sumners
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*Sumners  
*Tipseeboo
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*Tipseeboo  
*Tranquil Hill
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*Tranquil Hill  
*Wampee
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*Wampee  
 
*Windsor Hill
 
*Windsor Hill
  
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Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Dorchester County:  
 
Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Dorchester County:  
  
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|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Dorchester County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts<ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>'''  
 
|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Dorchester County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts<ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>'''  
 
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1897-Present  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | ''Dorchester County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1882-1897  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | ''Berkeley County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1866-1882  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | ''Colleton County''
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| width="52%" valign="middle" height="25" align="center" | 1800-1865  
| height="25" valign="middle" width="16%" align="center" | ''Colleton District Records Lost''
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'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''  
 
'''''Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868'''''  
  
This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and&nbsp;the Columbia Series&nbsp;with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.&nbsp; All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Search.aspx?br=1 On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>
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This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and&nbsp;the Columbia Series&nbsp;with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.&nbsp; All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's [http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/Search.aspx?br=1 On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants]<br>  
  
 
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.  
 
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.  
  
Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.
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Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.  
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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Civil War service men from Dorchester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were&nbsp;formed in Dorchester County or from many of its men.  
 
Civil War service men from Dorchester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were&nbsp;formed in Dorchester County or from many of its men.  
  
:- [[5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)|5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)]]
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:- [[5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)|5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)]]  
 
::- Company I
 
::- Company I
  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhc/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centers] in South Carolina
  

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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Dorchester County

Dorchester County, South Carolina genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.

Coordinates: 33.08°0′N 80.4°0′W / 33.08°N 80.4°W / 33.08; -80.4

Dorchester County, South Carolina
Map
Map of South Carolina highlighting Dorchester County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 25, 1897
County Seat St. George
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Dorchester County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915    1911  1915  1900  1897 1897 

County Courthouse

DorchesterSC.jpg


Dorchester County Courthouse101 Ridge Street
St. George, SC 29477

Dorchester County Register of Deeds
201 Johnston Street
Saint George, SC 29477
Phone: 843-563-0181
Land records on line index

Dorchester County Probate Court
5200 East Jim Bilton Blvd.
St. George, SC 29477
Phone: 843-563-0105
Probate and marriage records

Dorchester County Clerk of Court
5200 East Jim Bilton Blvd.
St. George, SC 29477
Phone: 843-563-0178

History

[[Image:Dorchestermassachusetts.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Neopanset River at Lower Mills, Dorchester, Mass. Dorchester County, South Carolina takes its name from the Massachusetts town of Dorchester.

[[]] Dorchester County is named for its oldest town, Dorchester. In 1696, Congregationalists from Dorchester, Massachusetts settled the area and named the town after their home. The town of Dorchester was abandoned by 1788 but by then the name has been attached to the Parish of St. George Dorchester.[1] Learn more about the history of Dorchester County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1897 - Dorchester created from Berkeley and Colleton Counties.
  • 1921 - Charleston gained from Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
  • 1977 - Dorchester gained from Charleston County.

For more information as well as maps of Dorchester County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or South Carolina County Maps and Atlases.

County Seat

The county seat of Dorchester County is St. George.

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[2]

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png South Carolina African Americans

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Archdale Hall - North Charleston
  • Bakers
  • Blake's Cypress
  • Branford's
  • Burton
  • Cedar Grove
  • Clear Spring
  • Corn Hill
  • Cow Savanna
  • Deerfield
  • Dorchester
  • Jack Savanna
  • Joseph Izard
  • Koger - Grover
  • Langleys
  • Middleton Place
  • Mount Boone
  • Newington - Summerville
  • Oak Forest
  • Oak Grove
  • Oaks
  • Oatland
  • Perry
  • Pinckney Plains
  • Pine Hill
  • Pinehurst Tea - Summerville
  • Ponds
  • Rose Hill
  • Sanders
  • Spring Farm - Summerville
  • Sumners
  • Tipseeboo
  • Tranquil Hill
  • Wampee
  • Windsor Hill

Cemeteries

There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Dorchester County, South Carolina Cemeteries. 

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 16,294
1910 17,891 9.8%
1920 19,459 8.8%
1930 18,956 −2.6%
1940 19,928 5.1%
1950 22,601 13.4%
1960 24,383 7.9%
1970 32,276 32.4%
1980 58,761 82.1%
1990 83,060 41.4%
2000 96,413 16.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Dorchester County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church

Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also St. George Dorchester Parish

Court

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Dorchester County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]

General

As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Dorchester, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 2,000 entries.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards

Bibliography

Land

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Dorchester County:


Tracing Land Currently in Dorchester County with Parent Counties and Districts[3]
Date Government Office  
1897-Present Dorchester County
1882-1897 Berkeley County
1866-1882 Colleton County
1868-1882 Charleston County
1800-1865 Colleton District Records Lost
1710-1800 Charleston District
1670-1710 Proprietary Land Grants

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Smith, Henry A.M. "The Town of Dorchester, in South Carolina: A Sketch of Its History," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Apr., 1905), pp. 62-95. Digital version at JSTOR ($).

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Dorchester County for European settlers included:[4]

Military

Revolutionary War
  • "Dorchester Its Mystery Fort," Americana, April 1933, Volume 27, Issue 2. American Historical Magazine : Somerville, NJ. FHL Collection Book. 973 B2a.


Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Dorchester County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Dorchester County or from many of its men.

- 5th Regiment, South Carolina Reserves (90 days 1862-63)
- Company I

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Dorchester County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

Current

Periodicals

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

Probate

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[5] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

Dorchester County, South Carolina estate records, ca. 1896-1950. Microreproduction of originial manuscripts at the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina FHL Film 2231531

Abstraacts of wills of Charleston District, South Carolina and other will recorded in the districts, 1783-1800. Compiled by Caroline T. Moore. FHL Book 975.79 S2m


Taxation

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Dorchester County.

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth

State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health.  The Dorchester County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Marriage

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Dorchester County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information.  See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages - Indexes and Records

  • 1911-1957 - Dorchester County, South Carolina Marriage Registers, ca. 1911-1957 [6] FHL Collection - records
  • 1918-1950 - Dorchester County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1918-1950 [7] FHL Collection - records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
Death

State-wide death registration began in 1915.  For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Dorchester County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

  • 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

 Archives, Libraries, and Museums

The Dorchester County Library provides services through two libraries and a bookmobile. Its catalog os powered by SClends which searches the libraries of multiple counties.

Jennie Johnston McMahan Library, St.George
Address:
506 North Parler Avenue
St. George, SC 29477
Telephone: (843) 832-0159
Fax: (843) 563-7823
Hours: Mon-Thursday 9:30am - 8:00pm, Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

George H. Seago, Jr. Library, Summerville
Address:

76 Old Trolley Road
Summerville, SC 29485
Telephone: (843) 871-5075
Fax: (843) 875-4811
Hours: Mon-Thu 10:00am - 8:30pm, Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Dorchester County, South Carolina

References

  1. South Carolina State Library, "Dorchester County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/dorchester-county : accessed 21 Apr 2011).
  2. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  3. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
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