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Kershaw County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on 1798 from Claremont County, Fairfield County, Lancaster County, and Richland County. The county was named in honor of Joseph Kershaw, one of the county's pioneering settlers . Learn More About State of South Carolina History.
Kershaw County is bordered by Lancaster County (north), Chesterfield County (northeast), Darlington County (east), Lee County (southeast), Sumter County (southeast), Richland County (southwest), Fairfield County (west).
Kershaw County Cities and Towns include Antioch, Bethune, Boykin, Camden, Cassatt, Elgin, Kershaw, Liberty Hill, Lugoff, Westville. A Map of Kershaw County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Kershaw County, South Carolina Courthouse Records
Kershaw County, SC Courthouse
Old Kershaw 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 Kershaw 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. Major loss of equity records resulted from the negligence of Thomas P. Evans, commissioner in equity from 1822-1829. Records of Camden Circuit Court and Equity Circuit districts are housed in Kershaw County.
- Kershaw County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1787. 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.
- Kershaw County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1782. 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.
- Kershaw County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1783 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.
- Kershaw County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
- Kershaw 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.
Kershaw County, South Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of South Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1850 and 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Kershaw 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
Kershaw County, South Carolina Resources
- Kershaw County Historical Society
- Camden Archives and Museum
- Historic Camden Foundation/Historic Camden Revolutionary War
- Catawba-Wateree chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society
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