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Laurens County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on March 12, 1785 from Ninety-Six District. The county was named in honor of Henry Laurens, president of the Second Continental Congress and prisoner of war during the American Revolution . Learn More About State of South Carolina History.
Laurens County is bordered by Spartanburg County (north), Union County (northeast), Newberry County (southeast), Greenwood County (south), Abbeville County (southwest), Anderson County (west), Greenville County (northwest).
Laurens County Cities and Towns include Clinton, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn, Gray Court, Laurens, Ware Shoals, Waterloo. A Map of Laurens County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Laurens County, South Carolina Courthouse Records
Laurens County, SC 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 Laurens 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.
- Laurens County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1766. 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.
- Laurens County County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds has Court Records from 1774, Divorce Records from since April 1949 and Land Records from 1789. 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.
- Laurens County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
- Laurens 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.
Laurens County, South Carolina Census Records
- Learn More: State of South Carolina Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1790, 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
Laurens 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
Laurens County, South Carolina Resources
- Laurens District Chapter, of the South Carolina Genealogical Society
- Laurens County Historical Society, PO Box 292, Laurens, SC 29360; phone: (864) 833-7518
- Gray Court-Owings Historical Society
- Laurens County Historical Commission, PO Box 49, Laurens, SC 29360
- Piedmont Historical Society
- General James Williams Chapter Sons of the American Revolution
- Laurens County, South Carolina Message Boards
- Laurens County, South Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Laurens County
Laurens County, South Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from South Carolina (1783 - 1975 )
- Laurens County, South Carolina Books - Amazon
- Blacks Found in the Deeds of Laurens & Newberry Counties, SC: 1785-1827
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide to Laurens County Records
- Laurens County, South Carolina Census, 1800
- Laurens Co., South Carolina - FindaGrave
- Laurens County, SC Geographical DNA Project
- Historic Laurens County
- A History of Laurens County
- Laurens County History