Allendale County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Allendale County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
|Founded||February 6, 1919|
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church
- 5.6 Court
- 5.7 DNA
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Newspapers
- 5.14 Periodicals
- 5.15 Probate
- 5.16 Taxation
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 6 Archives, Libraries, and Museums
- 7 Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
Allendale County's civil records start the following years:
Allendale County Courthouse
292 Barnwell Hwy.
Allendale, SC 29810
Allendale County Probate Judge
P.O. Box 603
Allendale, SC 29810
Probate and Marriage records
Allendale County Clerk of Court
P.O. Box 126
Allendale, SC 19810
Allendale County is named for the town of Allendale which was named for Paul H. Allen, the first postmaster of Allendale. Allendale County is the youngest of South Carolina's counties. Learn more about the history of Allendale County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.
Parent County/Boundary Changes
The county seat of Allendale County is Allendale.
|Allendale||Concord Crossroads||Martin||Solomons Crossroads|
|Averill||Gravel Hill (hist.)||Moores Crossroads||Tuten (hist.)|
|Baldock||Hayes Crossroads||Ruddell (hist.)||Ulmer|
|Coalla (hist.)||Lopers Crossroads|
For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to Populated Places: Allendale County, South Carolina
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Allendale County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
- W.P.A. Inventory of the County Archives of South Carolina No. 3, Allendale County (Allendale). Columbia, S.C.: Historical Records Survey, 1938. FHL 975.777 A5h
- Vandervelde, Isabel. Other Free People in Early Barnwell District. Newberry, S.C.: Art Studio Press, 2001. Digital version at Family History Archives; FHL Book 929.273 G139v
There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Allendale County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.
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]
Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Learn more.
- Allendale County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- Allendale County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
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.
Civil War, 1861-1865
Allendale County was created after the Civil War in 1919 from Barnwell and Hampton counties. During the Civil War, men from the area of Allendale County would have served in various regiments recruited in those counties. Counties were called districts during the Civil War.
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.
- Allendale County Citizen (Allendale, S.C.) 1919-1981.
- Allendale County Citizen Leader (Allendale, S.C.) 1981-current.
- The Allendale County News Leader (Allendale, S.C.) 1980-1981.
- The Allendale Enterprise (Allendale, Barnwell Co., S.C.) 1889-1892.
- The Allendale Pen and Press (Allendale, S.C.) 1897-1899.
- The County News (Allendale, S.C.) 1943-1969.
- The Fairfax Citizen (Fairfax, S.C.) 1917-1919.
- The Fairfax Enterprise (Fairfax, Barnwell Co., S.C.) 1892-1908.
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 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.” 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.
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 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
- 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
- Allendale County Library
P.O. Box 280
158 McNair Street
Allendale, SC 29810-0280
Library hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm, Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
The Allendale County Library has a local history collection. It is part of the Allendale, Hampton, Jasper Regional Library System. The 5 participating libraries share a catalog and other functions and resources.
Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage
Family History Centers
Family History Centers in South Carolina
- Allendale County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Allendale County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Names (The Reprint Company: Spartanburg, S.C., 1975) 11.
- South Carolina State Library, "Allendale County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/allendale-county : accessed 13 Apr 2011).
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
- Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."