Chesterfield County, South Carolina

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Chesterfield is a county or district in South Carolina. It was formed in 1800 from the following county/ies or district/s: Chesterfield County in Cheraws District. It has functioned since 1785. Chesterfield began keeping birth records in 1915, marriage records in 1911, and death records in 1915. It began keeping land records in 1861, probate records in 1865, and court records in 1823. For more information, contact the county at 200 W. Main St., Chesterfield 29709-0529. On the attached map, Chesterfield is located at H2.

Chesterfield County is one of 17 counties that were burned between 1785 and 1872, and one of six with almost a total loss of all records prior to 1865. These facts make locating information regarding family much more difficult than most areas within the state. Even with this, there are many records available that are helpful to researchers. Some of these records can be found online and others through some unusual sources providing the researcher has patients to do the work.

History of the County


Vital Records

Birth -1915 - Present Can be ordered from the DHEC Office in Columbia, SC

Marriage - Probate Judge's Office, Second Floor, Courthouse, 200 W. Main St, Chesterfield SC 29709, 843-623-2376

  • 1911 - Present (Originals all in house)

Notes:

  • 1911 - 1950 are microfilmed and can also be found at the SC Archives and History Center
  • 1990 - Present are scanned in-house and can be viewed on the Computer in the Probate Court
  • 1951 - 1990 are currently being digitized. Please contact office if looking for these years prior to arriving to ensure they are in house.

Probate Judge's Office, Second Floor, Courthouse, 200 W. Main St, Chesterfield SC 29709, 843-623-2376

Death - 1915 - present

Census Records

In addition to the standard federal census records of 1790 - 1940, the state of South Carolina performed their own state census in the years, 1825, 1839, 1869, and 1875. Additionally ensure you review:

  • Slave schedules of 1850 and 1860
  • Veterans schedule for 1890
  • Mortality Schedules of 1850 - 1880
  • Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent schedule of 1880


Background Sources

Maps

Land Records

Probate Records

Probate Judge's Office, Second Floor, Courthouse, 200 W. Main St, Chesterfield SC 29709, 843-623-2376 1865 - 1950 are microfilmed and can also be found at the SC Archives and History Center 1951 - 2003 have not been digitized 2004 - present are scanned in-house and can be viewed on the Computer in the Probate Court

Court Records

Tax Records

Cemetery Records

Church Records

Military Records

Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections

Archives, Libraries, and Societies

  • SC Archives and History Center
  • Matheson History Room
  • Chesterfield County Genealogical Society
  • Chesterfield County Historical Society
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Sons of the Confederacy
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy (Chapter is no longer active but records exist)
  • Southern African American Heritage Center - http://www.southernaaheritagecenter.org/

Immigration

Naturalization

Ethnic Groups

Internet Resources

Special Considerations

County Resources


For information about the state of South Carolina see South Carolina Family History Research.

The Counties and County Seats of South Carolina


Counties of South Carolina
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AbbevilleAikenAllendaleAndersonBambergBarnwellBeaufortBerkeleyCalhounCharlestonCherokeeChesterChesterfieldClarendonColletonDarlingtonDillonDorchesterEdgefieldFairfieldFlorenceGeorgetownGreenvilleGreenwoodHamptonHorryJasperKershawLancasterLaurensLeeLexingtonMcCormickMarionMarlboroNewberryOconeeOrangeburgPickensRichlandSaludaSpartanburgSumterUnionWilliamsburgYork