Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy
- Not to be confused with the much smaller Charleston (1785-1791) County abolished in 1791.
- Not to be confused with the overarching Charleston District that existed from 1768 to 1800.
|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:
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
Charleston County of 1785 was small and it was abolished in 1791. The current Charleston County was created in 1800 when the Charleston County/District name was used again for a much larger county/district that included present-day Berkeley County, Dorchester County, and most of present-day Charleston County. This "version" was altered in 1878, by carving out the new Berkeley County, and Dorchester County was carved out in 1897, leaving the current boundaries of Charleston County.
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.
- "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia. [http://www.charleston-sc.com/history/%7C"Charleston and Charleston County History"
- A History of Charleston County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Charleston_county_sc.html (accessed 5 May 2011).
- 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).