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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Charleston_County,_South_Carolina|Charleston County]]''  
 
''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Charleston_County,_South_Carolina|Charleston County]]''  
  
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'''Charleston 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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*From 1800 to 1868 this ''Charleston County'' was also known by the alias ''Charleston District''.
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*'''''Not''''' to be confused with the overarching [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]] that existed from 1768 to 1800.
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*'''''Not''''' to be confused with the much smaller [[Charleston (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Charleston (1785-1791) County]] abolished in 1791.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Charleston County
 
| county = Charleston County
 
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| founded year = 1769
 
| founded year = 1769
 
| seat wl = Charleston
 
| seat wl = Charleston
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== Quick Dates  ==
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=== Quick Dates  ===
  
 
Charleston County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Charleston County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1915&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1911&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1915&nbsp;  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | &nbsp;1790  
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Note: City of Charleston birth and death records begin earlier. See [[Charleston County, South Carolina Vital Records]].
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Note: City of Charleston birth and death records begin earlier. See [[Charleston County, South Carolina Vital Records]].  
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
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[http://www2.charlestoncounty.org/ '''Charleston County Register Mesne Conveyance''']<br>101 Meeting St.<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2249<br>Phone: 843-958-4800  
 
[http://www2.charlestoncounty.org/ '''Charleston County Register Mesne Conveyance''']<br>101 Meeting St.<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2249<br>Phone: 843-958-4800  
  
<br>[http://www3.charlestoncounty.org/connect/LU_GROUP_1 '''Charleston County Clerk of Court''']<br>100 Broad St., Suite 106<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2258<br>Phone: 843-958-5000  
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[http://www3.charlestoncounty.org/connect/LU_GROUP_1 '''Charleston County Clerk of Court''']<br>100 Broad St., Suite 106<br>Charleston, SC 29401-2258<br>Phone: 843-958-5000  
  
== Historical Facts  ==
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=== Historical Facts  ===
  
 
[[Image:{{CharlesIIofEngland}}]]Charleston District/County was first established in 1769 as [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Judicial District]]. Charleston County is the home to the city of Charleston (originally Charles Towne) which was first settled in 1670 by British and Africans from the Caribbean island of [[Barbados]]. Charleston was originally named in honor of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II_of_England King Charles II of England] (1630-1685).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_South_Carolina "List of counties in South Carolina,"] Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/|"Charleston and Charleston County History"</ref><br><br>  
 
[[Image:{{CharlesIIofEngland}}]]Charleston District/County was first established in 1769 as [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Judicial District]]. Charleston County is the home to the city of Charleston (originally Charles Towne) which was first settled in 1670 by British and Africans from the Caribbean island of [[Barbados]]. Charleston was originally named in honor of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_II_of_England King Charles II of England] (1630-1685).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_counties_in_South_Carolina "List of counties in South Carolina,"] Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/|"Charleston and Charleston County History"</ref><br><br>  
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[[Charleston (1785-1791) County, South Carolina|Charleston County]] of 1785 was small and it was abolished in 1791. The current '''Charleston County''' was created in 1800 when the Charleston County/District name was used again for a much larger county/district. This "version" was altered in 1878, by carving out the new [[Berkeley County, South Carolina|Berkeley County]]. In 1897 [[Dorchester County, South Carolina|Dorchester County]] was carved out, leaving the current boundaries of Charleston County.<ref name="Carolana">A History of Charleston County, South Carolina in ''Carolana'' at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Charleston_county_sc.html (accessed 5 May 2011).</ref>
  
 
Learn more about the history of Charleston County from the [http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/charleston-county South Carolina State Library] or from [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/charleston_county_sc.html Carolana.com].  
 
Learn more about the history of Charleston County from the [http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/charleston-county South Carolina State Library] or from [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/charleston_county_sc.html Carolana.com].  
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*'''1769''' - Charleston District created as one of seven original districts.  
 
*'''1769''' - Charleston District created as one of seven original districts.  
 
*'''1785''' - Charleston divided into Berkeley, Bartholomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington Counties, which never became functional.  
 
*'''1785''' - Charleston divided into Berkeley, Bartholomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington Counties, which never became functional.  
*'''1800''' - Non-functional counties of Berkeley, Barhtolomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington were abolished and Charleston returned to its status as a district. [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton District]] created from Charleston (covering different boundaries than the non-functional Colleton County).  
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*'''1800''' - Non-functional counties of Berkeley, Barhtolomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington were abolished and Charleston returned to its status as a district. [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton District]] created from Charleston (covering different boundaries than the non-functional Colleton County). [[Image:Sccharleston.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
 
*'''1868''' - Charleston and all other districts became counties.  
 
*'''1868''' - Charleston and all other districts became counties.  
 
*'''1882''' - [[Berkeley County, South Carolina|Berkeley]] created from Charleston County.  
 
*'''1882''' - [[Berkeley County, South Carolina|Berkeley]] created from Charleston County.  
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*'''1987''' - Colleton gained from Charleston County.
 
*'''1987''' - Colleton gained from Charleston County.
  
For more information as well as maps of Charleston County through time, see the [http://archives.sc.gov/formation/ South Carolina State Archives] or [http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/sc-maps.html South Carolina County Maps and Atlases].  
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Even though Charleston's jurisdictional names have changed many times over the years, for the Colonial Period (1670-1776), the changes really did not affect record keeping. Most of the colony's public records were kept in the City of Charleston up through the year 1785.<ref>Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.</ref>
 
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==== County Seat  ====
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The county seat of Charleston County is [[Charleston, South Carolina|Charleston]] (originally Charles Town) which was founded in 1670 and is the oldest settlement in South Carolina.<ref>South Carolina State Library, "Charleston County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/charleston-county : accessed 13 Apr 2011).</ref>
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For more information as well as maps of Charleston County through time, see the [http://archives.sc.gov/formation/ South Carolina State Archives] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/south-carolina/maps/ South Carolina County Maps and Atlases].
  
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
 
==== County Pronunciation  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
Official negligence in the 1830s destroyed a large quantity of loose records of the court of general sessions. Northern "tourists," many of whom were members of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's congregation from Brooklyn, New York, looted other material from both public and private repositories in Charleston&nbsp; in April 1865. Loose probate papers were apparently destroyed in Columbia in February 1865.
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Official negligence in the 1830s destroyed a large quantity of loose records of the court of general sessions. Northern "tourists," many of whom were members of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's congregation from Brooklyn, New York, looted other material from both public and private repositories in Charleston&nbsp; in April 1865. Loose probate papers were apparently destroyed in Columbia in February 1865.  
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Places/Localities  ===
{{Charleston County, South Carolina}}
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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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For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Populated_Places:_Charleston_County,_South_Carolina Populated Places, Charleston County, South Carolina]
  
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United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Charleston County

Charleston 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.

  • From 1800 to 1868 this Charleston County was also known by the alias Charleston District.
  • Not to be confused with the overarching Charleston District that existed from 1768 to 1800.
  • Not to be confused with the much smaller Charleston (1785-1791) County abolished in 1791.
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Charleston County, South Carolina
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Location in the state of South Carolina
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Facts
Founded 1769
County Seat Charleston
Courthouse

Contents

Charleston County Resources

Quick Dates

Charleston County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915   1790 1719  1671 

Note: City of Charleston birth and death records begin earlier. See Charleston County, South Carolina Vital Records.

County Courthouse

800px-Charleston County Courthouse HABS 1940.jpg
 

Charleston County Courthouse
4050 Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Phone: 843-740-0801

Charleston County Probate Court
100 Broad St., Suite 381
Charleston, SC 29401-5030
Phone: 843-958-4030

Charleston County Register Mesne Conveyance
101 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401-2249
Phone: 843-958-4800

Charleston County Clerk of Court
100 Broad St., Suite 106
Charleston, SC 29401-2258
Phone: 843-958-5000

Historical Facts

King Charles II of England (1630-1685)
Charleston District/County was first established in 1769 as Judicial District. Charleston County is the home to the city of Charleston (originally Charles Towne) which was first settled in 1670 by British and Africans from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Charleston was originally named in honor of King Charles II of England (1630-1685).[1]

Charleston County of 1785 was small and it was abolished in 1791. The current Charleston County was created in 1800 when the Charleston County/District name was used again for a much larger county/district. This "version" was altered in 1878, by carving out the new Berkeley County. In 1897 Dorchester County was carved out, leaving the current boundaries of Charleston County.[2]

Learn more about the history of Charleston County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1769 - Charleston District created as one of seven original districts.
  • 1785 - Charleston divided into Berkeley, Bartholomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington Counties, which never became functional.
  • 1800 - Non-functional counties of Berkeley, Barhtolomews, Charleston, Colleton, Marion, and Washington were abolished and Charleston returned to its status as a district. Colleton District created from Charleston (covering different boundaries than the non-functional Colleton County).
    Sccharleston.jpg
  • 1868 - Charleston and all other districts became counties.
  • 1882 - Berkeley created from Charleston County.
  • 1893 - Charleston gained from Berkeley County.
  • 1911 - Charleston gained from Colleton County.
  • 1921 - Charleston gained from Berkeley and Dorchester Counties.
  • 1975 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.
  • 1987 - Colleton gained from Charleston County.

Even though Charleston's jurisdictional names have changed many times over the years, for the Colonial Period (1670-1776), the changes really did not affect record keeping. Most of the colony's public records were kept in the City of Charleston up through the year 1785.[3]

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

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[4]

Variant Spellings

  • Charles Town

Record Loss

Official negligence in the 1830s destroyed a large quantity of loose records of the court of general sessions. Northern "tourists," many of whom were members of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher's congregation from Brooklyn, New York, looted other material from both public and private repositories in Charleston  in April 1865. Loose probate papers were apparently destroyed in Columbia in February 1865.

Places/Localities



For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to Populated Places, Charleston County, South Carolina

References

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/%7C"Charleston and Charleston County History"
  2. A History of Charleston County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Charleston_county_sc.html (accessed 5 May 2011).
  3. Mike Becknell, "Overview of South Carolina Genealogical Research," Group Tour of South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 10 May 2011.
  4. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).