Jasper County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Template:South Carolina-stubUnited States  Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Jasper County
County in South Carolina Lowcountry.

Jasper County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Jasper 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 January 30, 1912
County Seat Ridgeland

Quick Dates

Jasper County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1912  1915  1920  1912    1912

County Courthouse

Jasper Courthouse

Jasper County Courthouse
305 Russell St.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7728

Register of Deeds
358 Third Ave.
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-717-3615
Land records

Clerk of Court
265 Russell Street
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7710
Court records

Probate Court
P.O. Box 1028
Ridgeland, SC 29936
Phone: 843-726-7718
Probate and marriage records

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


Monument to William Jasper at Savannah, Georgia
The county is named after Sergeant William Jasper (c1750-1779).[1]

Parent County

1912--Jasper County was created 30 January 1912 from Beaufort and Hampton Counties.
County seat:  Ridgeland [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Baker Hill Hardeeville Murad Purysburgh
Bashan Hugers Settlement (hist.) Myers (hist.) Purysburgh Landing
Coosawhatchie Jasper Nevadum Ricetown
Deerfield Kress New Landing Ridgeland
General Hamiltons Settlement (hist.) Levy Okatie Robertville
Gillisonville Limehouse Old House Switzerland
Gilmania Mill Stone Landing Pineland Tarboro
Grahamville Mitchellville Pocotaligo Tillman
Grays Morgan Possum Corner

Neighboring Counties

Beaufort | Chatham County, Georgia | Effingham County, Georgia | Hampton


Research Guides

African Americans

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 9,868
1930 9,988 1.2%
1940 11,011 10.2%
1950 10,995 −0.1%
1960 12,237 11.3%
1970 11,885 −2.9%
1980 14,504 22.0%
1990 15,487 6.8%
2000 20,678 33.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1920 and 1930 federal population schedules of Jasper 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.


Church of England

Gotoarrow.png See also St. Luke's Parish

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Ridgeland



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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Jasper County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.


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 Jasper, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 800 results.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards



Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories

  • Perry, Grace Fox. Moving Finger of Jasper. unknown: unknown, 1952. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
  • Todd, John Reynard and Francis M. Huston. Prince William's Parish and Plantations. ( Richmond [Virginia] : Garrett & Massie, c1935), 265 pages. Written with the idea of tracing, as briefly and accurately as possible, the physical development and transition of the Prince William's Parish secion of South Carolina from the earliest days of settlement to the present. Book found at FHL 975.79 H2t and Other Libraries.



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


Revolutionary War
  • "Head Quarters muster roll, 1779," Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin, Fall 1970, Volume 7, Issue 2. Carolinas Genealogical Society : Monroe, NC. FHL Collection Book 975 B2c.



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

  • Carolinas Genealogical Society Bulletin



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 Jasper 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 Jasper County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to June 1950 and after October 2009. 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 and Records

  • 1912-1950 - Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950 [5] FHL Collection - records
  • 1912-1952 - Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952 [6] FHL Collection - index and records
  • 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 Jasper 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


Family History Centers

Ridgeland South Carolina
Grays HWY (278 West)
Ridgeland, Jasper, South Carolina, United States
Phone: 843-726-8241
Hours: Monday - Saturday by appt. Wed. evening 6-8PM

Web Sites

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


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  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. South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Jasper County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, ca. 1912-1950, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2001.
  6. South Carolina. Probate Court (Jasper County), Marriage Registers (Jasper County, South Carolina), 1912-1952, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2005.