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*'''1920''' - Bamberg gained from [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton]] County.
*'''1920''' - Bamberg gained from [[Colleton County, South Carolina|Colleton]] County.
For more information as well as maps of Bamberg 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].  
For more information as well as maps of Bamberg County through time, see the [http://archives.sc.gov/formation/ South Carolina State Archives] or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/southcarolina/ "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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For a list of record loss in South Carolina counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/southcarolina/sc-counties.html#courthouse South Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/southcarolina/bamberg-county/ Bamberg County, SC History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
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Bamberg 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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Bamberg County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Bamberg County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1897
County Seat Bamberg

Quick Dates

Bamberg County's civil records start the following years:

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

County Courthouse

Bamberg Courthouse

Bamberg County Courthouse
P.O. Box 150
Bamberg, SC 29003-0150
Phone: 803-245-2025
On Main Street

Bamberg County Probate Judge
Phone: 803-245-3008
Email: bambergcountysc.gov Contacts - Probate Judge
Marriage and Probate records

Bamberg County Register of Deeds
P.O. Box 150
Bamberg, SC 29003
Phone: 803-245-3025

Bamberg County Clerk of Court
Phone: 803-245-3025
Email: bambergcountysc.gov Contacts - Clerk of Court
Does not provide research of any kind (research checks)

Hours:  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Bamberg County was named for members of the Bamberg Family, who founded the county seat (also named Bamberg). Bamberg is primarily agricultural and its towns are built along the South Carolina Railroad.[1] Learn more about the history of Bamberg County from the South Carolina State Library or from Carolana.com.

Parent County/Boundary Changes

  • 1897 - Bamberg was created from Barnwell County.
  • 1919 - Bamberg gained from Colleton County.
  • 1920 - Bamberg gained from Colleton County.

For more information as well as maps of Bamberg County through time, see the South Carolina State Archives or For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

County Seat

The county seat of Bamberg County is Bamberg.

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[2]

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in South Carolina counties see: South Carolina Counties with Burned Courthouses

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.



Research Guide

African Americans

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Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Broxton Bridge - Ehrhardt
  • Halfmoon
  • Woodlands - Midway


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 17,296
1910 18,544 7.2%
1920 20,962 13.0%
1930 19,410 −7.4%
1940 18,643 −4.0%
1950 17,533 −6.0%
1960 16,274 −7.2%
1970 15,950 −2.0%
1980 18,118 13.6%
1990 16,902 −6.7%
2000 16,658 −1.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bamberg 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.

1790 (parent county)

  • Jarrell, Lawrence E. Early Orangeburgh, South Carolina Census: Complete Transcription of the Federal Census Records for the Orangeburgh District, South Carolina; 1790 Orangeburgh Census (Current Counties of Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun, Lexington, Orangeburg and [cont. with note below]. High Point, N.C.: Alligator Creek Genealogy Publications, 1998. FHL 975.779 X2ja


Bamberg 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.

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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Bamberg, 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.

  • Brabham, M.M. and W.C. Kirkland. A Family Sketch and Else; or, Buford's Bridge and Its People. Columbia, S.C.: The State Co., 1923. FHL 164

Message Boards



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 show where you may best expect to find land records for Bamberg County:

Tracing Land Currently in Bamberg County with Parent Counties and Districts [3]
Date Government Office  
1897-Present Bamberg County
1868-1897 Barnwell County
1800-1868 Barnwell District
1791-1799 Records Lost*
1786-1791 Winton County"
1769-1786 Records Lost"*
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants

*Orangeburg District records destroyed by fire

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Local Histories



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


Civil War, 1861-1865 

Bamberg County was created between 1897 and 1920 after the Civil War  from the counties of Barnwell and Colleton.  During the Civil War, men from the area of Bamberg County mostly would have served in various regiments recruited in those counties. Counties were called districts during the Civil War.

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Bamberg County

February 3, 1865 = Rivers’ Bridge[5] also known as Salkehatchie River, Hickory Hill, Owens’ Crossroads, Lawtonville, Duck Creek

Map showing Civil War battles in South Carolina

Civil War Battles

One battle was fought in the area of present day Bamberg County, on February 3, 1865 at Rivers' Bridge.  This was also known as the battle of Owens' Crossroads. For additional information,see Battles in South Carolina.



The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Bamberg 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:


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.”[6] 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.


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.

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 Bamberg 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 Bamberg 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 Bamberg 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

  • Bamberg County Public Library
    3156 Railroad Avenue
    Bamberg, SC 29003
    Phone: (803) 245-3022
    Hours of Operation: Monday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00  p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., Sunday Closed

    The Bramberg County Library is part of the ABBE Regional Library System listed below.
    You can subscribe to an email newsletter and select to receive information from the Barnwell branch among other places and subjects. To subscribe Click Here.

    Other Bamberg County Libraries

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

The Historic Society of Bamberg County SC

Family History Centers

Web Sites

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


  1. South Carolina State Library, "Bamberg County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/bamberg-county : accessed 13 Apr 2011). Also,"List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  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
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 8 August 2012)
  6. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."