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Sumter County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on 1798 from Claremont County, Clarendon County, and Salem County were Sumter District in 1800. The county was named in honor of Thomas Sumter, Revolutionary War general and U.S. Senator from South Carolina . Learn More About State of South Carolina History.
Sumter County Cities and Towns include Dalzell, East Sumter, Mayesville, Shiloh, South Sumter, Sumter, Wedgefield. A Map of Sumter County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Sumter County, South Carolina Courthouse Records
Sumter County, SC Courthouse
The Sumter County Courthouse is located in Sumter, South Carolina. In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Sumter County: Clarendon County in 1857 and Lee County in 1902. 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 Sumter 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. Sumter suffered a major loss of probate records and deeds, on 27 November 1801, when fire destroyed the residence of Sumter District Clerk of Court John Horan, in Stateburg. This fire also consumed the records of Clarendon, Claremont, and Salem counties.
- Sumter County Register of Deeds has Land Records from 1801. 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.
- Sumter County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1774. 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.
- Sumter County Clerk of Court has Court Records from 1795 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.
- Sumter County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
- Sumter 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.
Sumter 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
Sumter 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
Sumter County, South Carolina Resources
- Sumter County Genealogical Society
- Sumter County Historical Commission, 406 N Magnolia Street, Sumter, SC 29150; phone: (803) 775-7503
- Sumter County Historical Society, PO Box 1456, Sumter, SC 29151; phone: (803) 775-0908
- Sumter County Museum
- Sumter County, South Carolina Message Boards
- Sumter County, South Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Sumter County
Sumter County, South Carolina External Links
- Historical Newspapers from South Carolina (1783 - 1975 )
- Sumter County, South Carolina Books - Amazon
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide to Sumter County Records
- Sumter Co., South Carolina - FindaGrave
- Stateburg and its people
- A History of Sumter County
- Sumter County, South Carolina Wiki
- Sumter County History