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Union County, South Carolina (Map It) was created on 1798 from Ninety-Six District. The county was named for the Union Church, the first Christian place of worship in the area . Learn More About State of South Carolina History.
Union County is bordered by Cherokee County (north), York County (northeast), Chester County (east), Fairfield County (southeast), Newberry County (south), Laurens County (southwest), Spartanburg County (northwest).
Union County Cities and Towns include Carlisle, Jonesville, Lockhart, Union. A Map of Union County, South Carolina contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Union County, South Carolina Courthouse Records
Union County, SC Courthouse
The Union County Courthouse is located in Union, South Carolina. In searching for genealogy records be sure to check the following counties as they were created from Union County: Cherokee County in 1897 and McCormick County in 1916. 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 Union 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. Records of Western and Pinckney Equity Circuit Districts are housed in Union County.
- Union County Clerk of Probate Court has Marriage Records from 1911 and Probate Records from 1777. 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.
- Union County County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds has Court Records from 1785, Divorce Records from since April 1949 and Land Records from 1778. 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.
- Union County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
- Union 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.
Union 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
Union 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
Union County, South Carolina Resources
- Union County Historical Society
- Union County Historical Museum
- Piedmont Historical Society
- Pinckney District Chapter of South Carolina Genealogical Society
- Union County, South Carolina Message Boards
- Union County, South Carolina Genealogy Forum read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Union County