Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Charleston County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Charleston County's civil records start the following years:
Note: City of Charleston birth and death records begin earlier. See Charleston County, South Carolina Vital Records.
Charleston County Courthouse
4050 Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Charleston County Probate Court
100 Broad St., Suite 381
Charleston, SC 29401-5030
Charleston County Register Mesne Conveyance
101 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC 29401-2249
Charleston County Clerk of Court
100 Broad St., Suite 106
Charleston, SC 29401-2258
Historical FactsJudicial 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).
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.
- Charles Town
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.
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.
- "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/%7C"Charleston and Charleston County History"
- South Carolina State Library, "Charleston County" (http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/charleston-county : accessed 13 Apr 2011).
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).