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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 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, SC Courthouse
Old Dorchester County Courthouse
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.
Dorchester County, South Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of South Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
Dorchester County, South Carolina Vital Records
- Learn More: State of South Carolina Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from January 1915 to present
- Marriage Records: from July 1950 to present. Contact the Office of Probate for earlier records.
- Divorce Records: from July 1962 to present. Contact the Clerk of Court for earlier records.
- Locations: South Carolina Office of Vital Statistics
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth and Death Certificate or Marriage and Divorce Certificate Applications.
- In Person: List of Vital Records Services Office locations
Dorchester County, South Carolina Resources
- Upper Dorchester County Historical Society, Inc.
- Summerville Preservation Society, P.O. Box 511, Summerville, SC 29484; (843) 871-4276
- Middleton Place Foundation, 4600 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29414;(843) 556-6020
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Message Boards
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Dorchester County
Dorchester County, South Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from South Carolina (1783 - 1975 )
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Books - Amazon
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide to Dorchester County Records
- Dorchester Co., South Carolina - FindaGrave
- People and Professions of Charleston, South Carolina, 1782-1802
- A History of Dorchester County
- Dorchester County History
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Links - Cyndi's List
- Dorchester Co. SCGenweb
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Ancestry Database Collections
- South Carolina Revolutionary War Units
- On the Eve of the Civil War: the Charleston, SC Directories for the Years 1859 and 1860
- Dorchester County, South Carolina Military Records
- Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830
- City Directories for Charleston, South Carolina For the years 1803, 1806, 1807, and 1813
- Directories for the City of Charleston, South Carolina for the Years 1816, 1819, 1822, 1825, and 1829
- Charleston, South Carolina Directory, 1888-90