Allendale County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Guide to Allendale County, South Carolina ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Allendale
Organized: February 6, 1919[1]
Parent County(s): Barnwell, Hampton[2]
Neighboring Counties
Bamberg  • Barnwell  • Burke (GA)  • Colleton District  • Hampton  • Screven (GA)
See County Maps
South Carolina, Allendale County Courthouse.png
Location Map

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The town of Allendale was named for Paul H. Allen, the first postmaster of Allendale.[3] The County is located in the southwest central area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Allendale County Courthouse
526 Memorial Ave
P.O. Box 190
Allendale, SC 29810
Telephone: 803-584-3438
Allendale County Website

County Pronunciation
Hear it spoken.[5]

Allendale County, South Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1919 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1998 The original Courthouse was burned in May of 1998. Reconstruction and renovations of the Courthouse began in August of 2002. For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Allendale County, South Carolina online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See South Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For all existing and online Federal population schedules of South Carolina, see South Carolina Census. See also USGenWeb Census Project, South Carolina, including links to transcribed files.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 16,098
1930 13,294 −17.4%
1940 13,040 −1.9%
1950 11,773 −9.7%
1960 11,362 −3.5%
1970 9,692 −14.7%
1980 10,700 10.4%
1990 11,722 9.6%
2000 11,211 −4.4%
2010 10,419 −7.1%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

The Inventory of (SC) Church Archives 1937-1939 is available for free online, courtesy: South Caroliniana Library. Allendale County's W.P.A. reports are included. Allendale County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Beldock Mills
  • Belfast
  • Bonniewood
  • Bull Pond
  • Cedar Grove - Martin
  • Cedar Hall - Boiling Springs
  • Colding-Walker House - Appleton
  • Duck Branch
  • Duck Savannah
  • Dyches Mill - Baldock
  • Elmwood
  • Erwinton - Bull Pond
  • Gravel Hill - Bull Pond
  • Groton - Solomons Crossroads
  • Hickory Hill
  • Ivanhoe
  • Joint Stock
  • Lacklawn - Allendale
  • Lethe
  • Levy's Bay - Barton
  • Lime Spring - Barton
  • Mixon
  • Mock Orange
  • Oakland
  • Oaklawn
  • Obininanza
  • Old Dry Slope - Orange Hill
  • Orange Grove - Johnsons Landing
  • Richmond Hill
  • River Swamp
  • Robwood - Appleton
  • Roselawn - Allendale
  • Seminole
  • Sycamore
  • Stillwood - Barton
  • Vauclause
  • Willingham - Bull Pond

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Because South Carolina was an agricultural state, many residents owned land. For earliest records, search 1) Charleston District, 2) your ancestor’s residential district, 3) neighboring districts, 4) the residential county, 5) neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. See also South Carolina Land and Property.

Online Land Indexes and Records

  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

The following charts show where you may best expect to find land records.

Tracing Land Currently in Allendale County originiating in Barnwell County with Parent Counties and Districts [10]
Date Government Office
1919-Present Allendale County
1868-1871 Barnwell County
1800-1868 Barnwell District
1791-1799 Records Lost*
1786-1791 Winton County"
1769-1786 Records Lost"*
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
*Orangeburg District records destroyed by fire
Tracing Land Currently in Allendale County originating in Hampton County with Parent Counties and Districts [11]
Date Government Office
1919-present Allendale County
1878-1919 Hampton County
1868-1878 Beaufort County
1865-1868 Beaufort District
1769-1865 Beaufort District Records Lost
1710-1769 Charleston District
1670-1710 Proprietary Land Grants

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Learn more about the history of Allendale County from the South Carolina State Library or from

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Burke CountyScreven CountyBarnwell CountyBamberg CountyColleton CountyHampton CountySC ALLENDALE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Regiments. Allendale County was created after the Civil War in 1919 from Barnwell and Hampton counties. During the Civil War, men from the area of Allendale County would have served in various regiments recruited in those counties.Counties were called districts during the Civil War.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Allendale County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

University of South Carolina Library Catalog

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For more information and links, see South Carolina Periodicals.

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Various types of records are created throughout the probate process of settling estates and property, usually after death. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, and relationships. See South Carolina Taxation for online resources and suggestions.

Online Tax Indexes and Records

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Allendale County.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records created by Civil authorities. See South Carolina Vital Records for online resources and suggestions.

Birth[edit | edit source]

State-wide birth registration did not begin until 1915. For records after 1915, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Marriage[edit | edit source]

In South Carolina, Probate Courts issued and still keep marriage licenses from 1 July 1911 to the present. Licenses were not required before 1911. In the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Statewide registration of marriages started in July, 1950. See South Carolina Vital Records for indexes and more information.

Marriages - Indexes

  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found insome counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Death[edit | edit source]

State-wide death registration began in 1915. For information and online records, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths - Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Allendale County. For state-wide library facilities, see South Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Allendale County. For state-wide library facilities, see South Carolina Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Allendale County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see South Carolina Societies.

Allendale County South Carolina Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage

  • Allendale County Historical Society
    P. O. Box 523
    Allendale, SC 29810

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  2. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  3. Workers of the Writers' Program of the Works Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Names (The Reprint Company: Spartanburg, S.C., 1975) 11.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, Aiken County, South Carolina in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_South_Carolina." accessed on the 3/27/2019
  5. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allendale County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.
  7. South Carolina Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed on 11 April 2021.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), South Carolina .At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Allendale County, South Carolina," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, Allendale County, South Carolina, accessed 19 December 2019.
  10. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s
  11. Schweitzer, George K. , South Carolina Genealogical Research (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, FHL book 975.7 D27s