Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Charleston County Resources
Charleston County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Charleston 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 1769
County Seat Charleston

Quick Dates

Charleston County's civil records start the following years:

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

County Courthouse

Charleston County Courthouse HABS 1940

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


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]

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

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).
  • 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.

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 Seat

The county seat of Charleston County is Charleston (originally Charles Town) which was founded in 1670 and is the oldest settlement in South Carolina.[2]

County Pronunciation

Hear it spoken.[3]

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.


Populated Places

Adams Run Folly Beach Miller Hill Saint Andrews
Ashley Heights Folly Island Moores Corner Sandy
Ashley Junction Fort Bull Mount Pleasant Scanlonville
Avondale Fort Moultrie Myers Seabrook Island
Awendaw Freedman North Charleston Seaside
Baptist Hill Gannon (hist.) Oakgrove Secessionville
Barrelville Germantown Oakland Sherwood Forest
Bears Bluff Gibson Oceanview Snowden
Bennett Goshen Osborn South Santee
Berry Hill Hickory Hill Otranto South Windermire
Brentwood Hobcaw Point Oyster Point Stone Park
Buck Hall Hollywood Palmetto Fort Stono
Camp Saint Christopher Humbert Woods Parkers Ferry Stono Station
Capwells Crossroads Hunley Park Parrot Point Sullivan's Island
Cedar Springs Isle of Palms Pepperhill Sylvia Lane
Centerville James Island Philip Ten Mile
Chandler Jericho Pierpont The Groves
Charleston Johns Island Pinecrest Three Trees
Charleston Heights Joshua Pineland Tibwin
Cohen Hill Kiawah Island Point Pleasant (hist.) Wadmalaw Island
Collins Creek Lambs Ponpon Wando Woods
Deer Park Laurel Hill Plantation Porcher Bluff Warren Crossroads
Delemar Crossroads Legareville Rantowles Waylyn
Deweys Hill Limehouse Station Ravenel Whipper-Barnoy
Dorchester Lincolnville Red Top Whitehall Terrace
Drayton Little Edisto Riverland Willtown Bluff
Dupont Station Maryville Riverland Terrace Woodstock
Edgewater Park McClellanville Rockland Woodville
Edisto Island Meggett Rockville Yonges Island
Fenwick Crossroads Melrose Runnymede
Fenwick Hills Midland Park

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

Neighboring Counties

Berkeley | Colleton | Dorchester | Georgetown


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia. ["Charleston and Charleston County History"
  2. South Carolina State Library, "Charleston County" ( : accessed 13 Apr 2011).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).