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Orangeburg County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on 1769 from 1769 Judicial District. The county was named in honor of King William V of Orange. Learn More About State of South Carolina History.
Orangeburg County is bordered by Calhoun County (north), Clarendon County (northeast), Dorchester County (southeast), Berkeley County (southeast), Bamberg County (south), Colleton County (south), Aiken County (west), Barnwell County (west), Lexington County (northwest).
Orangeburg County Cities and Towns include Bowman, Branchville, Brookdale, Cope, Cordova, Elloree, Eutawville, Holly Hill, Livingston, Neeses, North, Norway, Orangeburg, Rowesville, Santee, Springfield, Vance, Wilkinson Heights, Woodford. A Map of Orangeburg County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Orangeburg County, South Carolina Courthouse Records
Orangeburg County, SC Courthouse
The Orangeburg County Courthouse is located in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Orangeburg County: Aiken County in 1871 and Calhoun County in 1908. 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 Orangeburg 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. Public records were removed to Columbia early in 1865; on 17 February 1865, they were burned there during Sherman's occupation. Deed books suffered heavy record loss. Records fragmented.
- Orangeburg County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1824. 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.
- Orangeburg County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1864. 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.
- Orangeburg County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1824 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.
- Orangeburg County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
- Orangeburg 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.
Orangeburg 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
Orangeburg 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
Orangeburg County, South Carolina Resources
- Orangeburg Historical and Genealogical Society, PO Box 959, Orangeburg, SC 29116; Telephone: (803) 531-1002
- Orangeburg County Historical Society, Inc.
- Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society
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