Berkeley (1682-1768) County, South Carolina Genealogy
- Not to be confused with the Berkeley County that existed 1785-1791.
- Not to be confused with the Berkeley County that has existed 1882-present.
In 1682 the Proprietors created Berkeley County out of Craven County which at first was all of South Carolina and more. Berkeley County (1682-1768) was between the Awendaw Creek and Stono River in present-day Charleston County. See the 1760 South Carolina map.
From 1682 to 1768 this original Berkeley County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.
Berkeley (1682-1768) County was abolished in 1768.
For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in:
- Christ Church Parish records since 1706
- St. Andrew's Parish records since 1706
- St. James Goose Creek Parish records since 1706
- St. Philip's Parish records since 1706
- St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish records since 1706
- St. John's Berkeley Parish records since 1708
- St. George Parish records since 1717
- St. Michael's Parish records since 1751
- papers filed in the early capital at Charleston, South Carolina.
- "A History of the Original Berkeley County" in South Carolina - The Counties at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/berkeley_county_original.html (accessed 4 May 2011).
- "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1775" [map] in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Royal_Colony/sc_royal_colony_districts_parishes_1775.html (accessed 7 May 2011).