Dorchester County, South Carolina Genealogy Guide

Dorchester County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on February 25, 1897 from Berkeley County and Colleton County. The county was named for the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Learn More About State of South Carolina History.

Dorchester County is bordered by Berkeley County (east), Charleston County (southeast), Colleton County (southwest), Bamberg County (west), Orangeburg County (northwest).

Dorchester County Cities and Towns include Grover, Harleyville, North Charleston, Reevesville, Ridgeville, St. George, Summerville, Ladson. A Map of Dorchester County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Dorchester County, South Carolina Courthouse Records

Dorchester County, South Carolina Courthouse
Dorchester County, SC Courthouse

Old Dorchester County Courthouse

The Dorchester County Courthouse is located in St. George, South Carolina. 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 Dorchester 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.

  • Dorchester County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1897. 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.
  • Dorchester County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911  and Probate Records from 1897. 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.
  • Dorchester County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1897 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.
  • Dorchester County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Dorchester 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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Dorchester County, South Carolina Vital Records

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