Allendale County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Allendale County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Allendale County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1919
County Seat Allendale

Quick Dates

Allendale County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
  1919  1919 1919  1920  1919  1919 

County Courthouse

Allendale County Courthouse
292 Barnwell Hwy.
Allendale, SC 29810

Allendale County Probate Judge
P.O. Box 603
Allendale, SC 29810
Phone: 803-584-5157
Probate and Marriage records

Allendale County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 126
Allendale, SC 19810
Phone: 803-584-2737
Court records


The county is named after the Allendale family.[1]

Parent County

1919--Allendale County was created 6 February 1919 from Barnwell and Hampton Counties.
County seat: Allendale [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Allendale Concord Crossroads Martin Solomons Crossroads
Appleton Fairfax Mathis (hist.) Sycamore
Averill Gravel Hill (hist.) Moores Crossroads Tuten (hist.)
Baldock Hayes Crossroads Ruddell (hist.) Ulmer
Barton Jennys Seigling Woods Crossroads
Coalla (hist.) Lopers Crossroads

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

Neighboring Counties

Bamberg | Barnwell | Burke County, Georgia | Colleton | Hampton | Screven County, Georgia


Research Guides

African Americans

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 16,098
1930 13,294 −17.4%
1940 13,040 −1.9%
1950 11,773 −9.7%
1960 11,362 −3.5%
1970 9,692 −14.7%
1980 10,700 10.4%
1990 11,722 9.6%
2000 11,211 −4.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1920 and 1930 federal population schedules of Allendale 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.


The Inventory of (SC) Church Archives 1937-1939 is available for free online, courtesy: South Caroliniana Library. Allendale County's W.P.A. reports are included.

Allendale County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.



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


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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Allendale, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 700 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.

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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



Civil War

Allendale County was created in 1919 from Barnwell & Hampton counties. Refer to Barnwell & Hampton counties for Civil War information.



The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Allendale 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.



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:



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.


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 Allendale 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.


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 Allendale County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to June 1950 and after October 2009. 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

  • 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.

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 Allendale 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


Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

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


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).