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  • Oconee County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 22, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Pickens County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1868
    County Seat:  Walhalla, South Carolina

    County history - Oconee County is named in honor of Oconee Band of Native Americans.

    Oconee Courthouse
    GHLL Oconee County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Oconee County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Old Pendleton District Chapter of SCGS (Central, SC)
    6. US/SCGenWeb site - Oconee County Archives
    7. US/SCGenWeb - Oconee County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Oconee County (Local Records)  |  Walhalla, SC (County Seat Records).
    9. Vital Records - Oconee County Public Health Department, 609 N. Townville St, P.O. Box 488, Seneca, SC 29679.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Transylvania County, North Carolina (northeast), Pickens County (east), Anderson
                County
    (southeast), Hart County, Georgia (south), Franklin County, Georgia (south),
             Stephens County, Georgia (southwest), Habersham County, Georgia (west), Rabun
                County, Georgia
    (west), Macon County, North Carolina (northwest).

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        County-Clerks.com - A directory of every county clerk's office in the USA. - web site quote.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Anderson County, SC.
    Census Information Oconee County):
  • 1870 Census
  • 1900 Census
  • 1910 Census
  • 1930 Census
  • 1940 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Oconee county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Orangeburg County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the 1769 Judicial District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1769
    County Seat:  Orangeburg, South Carolina

    County history - Orangeburg County is named in honor of William V Batavus, Prince of Orange and Nassau-Dietz, the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, and between 1795 and 1806 he led the Government of the Dutch Republic in Exile in London.

    Orangeburg Courthouse
    1. Orangeburg County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Orangeburg County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Orangeburg County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Orangeburg County - US/SCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Orangeburg County - US/SCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Orangeburg County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Orangeburg County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Orangeburg County Vital Records - Orangeburg Public Health Department, 1550 Carolina Avenue, Orangeburg, SC 29116-0100.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Orangeburgh German-Swiss Genealogical Society (Orangeburg, SC)

      Census Information:
    10. 1790 Census (T) - Federal Census, Orangeburg County, South Carolina (North & South Division: 5 pgs)
    11. 1870 Census (T) - Federal Census Orangeburg County, (Townships of:  Amelia, Rocky Grove and Vance('s))


  • Pickens County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 28, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of the Pendleton District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1826
    County Seat:  Pickens, South Carolina

    County history - Pickens County is named in honor of General Andrew Pickens (1739-1817), a Revolutionary War hero and a member of the US Congress. This area in the northwestern corner of the state was Indian territory until 1777. It subsequently became part of Pendleton District. In 1826 Pendleton was divided into two counties, Pickens and Anderson.

    Pickens Courthouse
    GHLL Pickens County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pickens County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Old Pendleton District Chapter of SCGS / Central, SC)
    6. US/SCGenWeb site - Pickens County Archives
    7. US/SCGenWeb - Pickens County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Pickens County (Local Records)  |  Pickens, SC (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Transylvania County, North Carolina (north), Greenville County (east), Anderson
                County
    (south), Oconee County (west).

        Pickens District - Plaintiff Index to Court of Common Pleas 1828-1841

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        County-Clerks.com - A directory of every county clerk's office in the USA. - web site quote.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Anderson County, SC.
    Census Information Pickens County):
  • 1830 Census
  • 1860 Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Pickens county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Richland County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  May 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the Camden District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1785
    County Seat:  Columbia, South Carolina



    County history - Richland County was probably named for its "rich land." It is also home to South Carolina's State Capitol.
             In 1786 the state legislature decided to move the capital from Charleston to a more central location. A site was chosen in Richland County, which is in the geographic center of the state.

    Richland Courthouse

    Capitol history - Destruction in Columbia, February 1865 - General William T. Sherman and his Union army captured the State Capital on February 17, 1865 leaving city-wide destruction. The old State House was destroyed by fire. It consumed the valuable State House library, offices and workshops, a vast quantity of finished marble and rough material, estimated to be worth $700,000; and, a library of architectural and scientific books, engravings and several thousand drawings, the result of collection for twenty-five years. These, along with "one of the latest and best busts of Calhoun" and all the valuable detail State House drawings, contracts, and so forth, which had accumulated during a ten year period, "were utterly swept away during that terrible night--an irreparable loss."
    — courtesy South Carolina State House, Student Collection.


    South Carolina State Capitol

    GHLL Richland County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Richland County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Richland County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Columbia Chapter of SCGS / tColumbia, SC)
    6. US/SCGenWeb site - Richland County Archives
    7. US/SCGenWeb - Richland County Genealogy & History
    8. Richland County Vital Records - Richland County Public Health Department, 2000 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29204.
               Note:  Please be sure to click on the county vital records link just above, Each of South Carolina's counties has a
               vital records office in the county health department. Each office can search for birth and death records from
               January 1, 1915.


    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
              Fairfield County (north), Kershaw County (northeast),
             Sumter County (east), Calhoun County (south), Lexington County (west), Newberry
             County (Northwest.

        Camden District - Old Camden District, South Carolina
       

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    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Saluda County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 28, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Edgefield County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1896
    County Seat:  Saluda, South Carolina

    County history - Saluda County is named for the Saluda River.

    Saluda Courthouse
    1. Saluda County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Saluda County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Saluda County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Saluda County Historical Society (Saluda, SC)
    4. Saluda County - US/SCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Saluda County - US/SCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Saluda County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Saluda County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Saluda County Vital Records - Saluda Public Health Department, 613 Newberry Highway, Saluda, SC 29138.


  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 1, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of the Ninety Six District, and from 1791 to 1799 it was part of Pinckney District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1875
    County Seat:  Spartanburg, South Carolina

    County history - Spartanburg County [and the city of Spartanburg] are named in honor of the Spartan Regiment, a local militia unit that fought in the Revolutionary War.

    Spartanburg Courthouse
    1. Spartanburg County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Spartanburg County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Spartanburg County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Spartanburg County Historical Assn. (Spartanburg, SC)
    4. Spartanburg County - US/SCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Spartanburg County - US/SCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Spartanburg County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Spartanburg County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Spartanburg County Vital Records - Spartanburg Public Health Department, 151 E. Wood Street, P. O. Box 4217, Spartanburg, SC 29305.
               Note:  Please be sure to click on the county vital records link just above, Each of South Carolina's counties has a
               vital records office in the county health department. Each office can search for birth and death records from
               January 1, 1915.


    9. Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records,
               name lists, etc..
    10. Piedmont Historical Society - collecting, preserving and publishing historical and genealogy records
               of upstate South Carolina and other areas of the state.

      Census Information:
    11. 1850 Census (T) - 34 county files
    12. 1860 Census (T) - 20 files (Northern portion). The remainder of the county (Southern Division)
               is currently being transcribed.


  • Sumter County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 23, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Claremont, Clarendon, and Salem Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1798
    County Seat:  Sumter, South Carolina

    County history - Sumter County is named in honor of Thomas Sumter (1734-1832), nicknamed the Carolina Gamecock, who was a hero of the American Revolution and went on to become a longtime member of the Congress of the United States. Sumter was born in Virginia in 1734. His father was an emigrant from Wales. He died at age 97 in South Carolina.

    Sumter Courthouse
    1. Sumter County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Sumter County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Sumter County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Sumter County Genealogical Society (Sumter, NC)
    4. Sumter County - US/SCGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Sumter County - US/SCGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Sumter County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Sumter County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Sumter County Vital Records - Sumter Public Health Department, 105 N. Magnolia, Sumter, SC 29150.


  • Union County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 14, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of the Ninety-Six District, a former judicial district.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1798
    County Seat:  Union, South Carolina

    County history - Union County is named in honor of the old Union Church, built in 1765 near the present-day town of Union.

    Union Courthouse
    GHLL Union County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Union County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
          Union County Historical Society
          127 West Main Street
          P. O. Drawer 220
          Union, SC 29379

    5. US/SCGenWeb site - Union County Archives
    6. US/SCGenWeb - Union County Genealogy & History
    7. Union County Vital Records - Union Public Health Department, 115 Thomas Street, P. O. Box 966, Union, SC 29379.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Cherokee County (north), York County (northeast), Chester County (east), Fairfield
                County
    (southeast), Newberry County (south), Laurens County (southwest),
             Spartanburg County (northwest).
               Note:   County names in black print are not yet linked, those in blue are
                  clickable (meaning linked).

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    Census Information:
        1800 Census (T) - Federal Census, Union County (Text: 1 page).
        1880 Census (T) - Federal Census, Union County (Text: 1 page).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Williamsburg County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 30, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of the Georgetown District.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1802
    County Seat:  Kingstree, South Carolina

    County history - Williamsburg County is named in honor of Prince William (William Augustus; 26 April 1721 - 31 October 1765), was a younger son of George II of Great Britain and Caroline of Ansbach, and Duke of Cumberland from 1726. He is generally best remembered for his role in putting down the Jacobite Rising at the Battle of Culloden in 1746, and as such is also known as "Butcher" Cumberland. After Culloden, he went on to enjoy a successful military career, but following the Convention of Klosterzeven in 1757, he never held active military command, and switched his attentions to politics and horse-racing.


    Williamsburg Courthouse
    GHLL Williamsburg County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Williamsburg County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Three Rivers Historical Society & Museum / Hemingway, SC)
    6. US/SCGenWeb site - Williamsburg County Archives
    7. US/SCGenWeb - Williamsburg County Genealogy & History
    8. Williamsburg County Vital Records - Williamsburg County Health Department, 520 Thurgood Marshall Highway, Kingstree, SC 29556-4108.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Florence County (north), Marion County (northeast), Georgetown County (east),
             Berkeley County (south), Clarendon County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1810 Census (I) - Federal Census Williamsburg County (Index: 1 page).
        1860 Census (T) - Federal Census Williamsburg County, South Carolina (Partial).
        1880 Census (T) - Federal Census Williamsburg County, ED-129 (Text: 3 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • York County, South Carolina —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 19, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of the old Camden District (Catawba Indian Tribe lands), [original county].
    Established:  xx-xxx-1785
    County Seat:  York, South Carolina  (The York"ville" was dropped in 1915)

    County history - York County [the name of York] was brought from England to Pennsylvania, and then on to South Carolina by the early settlers.

    York Courthouse
    GHLL York County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - York County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - York County, SC Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (York County Genealogical and Historical Society / Rock Hill, SC)
    6. US/SCGenWeb site - York County Archives
    7. US/SCGenWeb - York County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - York Public Health Department, 1070 Heckle Blvd., Rock Hill, SC 29732.
               Note:  Please be sure to click on the county vital records link just above, Each of South Carolina's counties has a
               vital records office in the county health department. Each office can search for birth and death records from
               January 1, 1915.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Gaston County, North Carolina (north), Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
             (northeast), Lancaster County (east), Chester County (south), Union County
             (southwest), Cherokee County (west), Cleveland County, North Carolina (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1790 Census (T) - Federal Census York County, South Carolina (Text: 2 pgs).
        1800 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census York County, South Carolina (Index: 1 pg / Text: 1 pg).
        1930 Census (I) - Federal Census York County, South Carolina, Kings Mountain (Index: 1 pg).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.



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