Barnwell County, South Carolina Genealogy Guide

Barnwell County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on 1785 from Orangeburg District. The county was named in honor of John Barnwell, South Carolina State Senator and prisoner of war during the American Revolution. Learn More About State of South Carolina History.

Barnwell County is bordered by Aiken County (north), Bamberg County (east), Orangeburg County (east), Allendale County (southeast), Columbus County, Georgia (southwest).

Barnwell County Cities and Towns include Barnwell, Blackville, Elko, Hilda, Kline, Snelling, Williston. A Map of Barnwell County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Barnwell County, South Carolina Courthouse Records

Barnwell County, South Carolina Courthouse
Barnwell County, SC Courthouse

The Barnwell County Courthouse is located in Barnwell, South Carolina. In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Barnwell County: Aiken County in 1871, Bamberg County in 1897 and Allendale County in 1919. Learn More About State of South Carolina Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Barnwell county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Records of Winton County (1785—91) in Orangeburgh Circuit Court District are housed in Barnwell County.

  • Barnwell County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1800. The County Clerk of Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.
  • Barnwell County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds has Court Records from 1800, Divorce Records from since April 1949 and Land Records from 1800. The County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds is divided into General Sessions and Common Pleas Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record. It records and maintain deeds, mortgages, plats, state and federal tax liens, mechanics liens, uniform commercial code filings, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
  • Barnwell County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Barnwell County Health Department has birth and death records from 1915. Marriage records prior to 1950 are available from the Probate Court office. Divorce records since April 1949 are available from the County Clerk's office.

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Barnwell County, South Carolina Vital Records

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