Beaufort County, South Carolina Genealogy Guide

Beaufort County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on  1769 from 1769 Beaufort District containing of Prince William Parish, St. Luke Parish, St. Helena Parish, and St. Peter Parish. The county was named in honor of Henry Somerset, 1st Duke of Beaufort, colonial proprietary landowner . Learn More About State of South Carolina History.

Beaufort County is bordered by Colleton County (north), Jasper County (west), Hampton County (northwest).

Beaufort County Cities and Towns include Beaufort, Bluffton, Burton, Hilton Head Island, Laurel Bay, Parris Island, Port Royal, Shell Point, Yemassee. A Map of Beaufort County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Beaufort County, South Carolina Courthouse Records

Beaufort County, South Carolina Courthouse
Beaufort County, SC Courthouse

Old Beaufort County Courthouse

The Beaufort County Courthouse is located in Beaufort, South Carolina. In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Beaufort County: Hampton County in 1878. 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 Beaufort 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. Beaufort suffered a major loss in February 1865 after records had been removed to Columbia for safety and subsequent losses during Reconstruction. Deed books in particular have suffered heavy losses. Beaufort District absorbed the four counties in Beaufort Circuit Court District.

  • Beaufort County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1863. The County Register of Deeds 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.
  • Beaufort County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1865. 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.
  • Beaufort County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1865 and Divorce Records from since April 1949. The County Clerk of Court is divided into General Sessions and Common Pleas Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record.
  • Beaufort County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Beaufort 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.

Beaufort County, South Carolina Census Records

Beaufort County, South Carolina Vital Records

Beaufort County, South Carolina Resources

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