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Marriage Records in South Carolina

Marriage records contain basic information about the married couple. This information usually includes the names of the two individuals, the date of the marriage, and the place of marriage. Some marriage records will also include the names of the mothers and fathers of the couple. Additionally, some records contain the names of the official witnesses to the marriage. Some governmental marriage records contain the maiden names of the mothers of the married couple as well as the place of residence of the married couple.

A marriage record should not be confused with the following documents: a marriage license, a marriage announcement, or a marriage index. The marriage license is the legal document that was issued to the married couple. The marriage announcement is the public listing of the wedding, in most cases, in a published newspaper.

A marriage index is simply a list of the marriages within a specific location. Typically, such an index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, the name of the county in which the marriage occurred, and either the file number of the license or the volume and page name for a register listing as well as the location of the marriage record.

In South Carolina, marriage records can be obtained from the county courthouse office. It is necessary to contact the Probate Judge at the local county courthouse where the marriage license was issued. For look up fees and the cost of certified copies, contact 803-898-3630. Records prior to 1911 may not be available.

For a successful search for the marriage records that you are trying to locate, follow these steps:
1. Print or type each name and address clearly to avoid confusion. This includes the full name of both the husband and the wife. The maiden name should be included for the wife. Include nicknames and alternate spellings that may have been used, but list them as such.
2. Keep your request brief and to the point.
3. Limit your request to one marriage record.
4. Include the full address of the individuals at the time of the marriage, including street, city or town, and state. If you know the county in which the marriage took place, include that as well.
5. Include the date that the marriage occurred. If you do not know the date, include a time frame for the search. Generally, it is best to specify a short span of years for an unknown year search. You can always expand the number of years that you search, and a shorter span will lead to a shorter search. You can expect to pay an additional fee for searches such as this that require more effort.
6. Include contact information where you can be reached in the event that more information is required. Include a telephone number, fax number, or an e-mail address.
7. Include your relationship to the individuals listed in your search request.
8. Include the reason for your request.
9. Print your name clearly and sign your request. Some states may also require additional identifying information on you as well. Therefore, you may want to include your driverís license number.
10. Include a SASE, or self addressed stamped envelope with your request for a speedier delivery.
11. Include the date that you mail your request with your correspondence.

To obtain a copy of a marriage record, contact the Probate Judge in the specific county office where the marriage license was issued. Remember to provide as much accurate information as you have available on the subject of the search, sufficient contact information for yourself, and the required fee. Providing the necessary information will speed the process up considerably.

A list of the local county courthouse addresses and telephone numbers for South Carolina is provided below in alphabetical order.

State of South Carolina
South Carolina Office of Vital Records
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: (803) 898-3630
Fax: (803) 898-3630

Abbeville County
Abbeville County Clerk
P.O. Box 99
Abbeville, SC 29620
Telephone: (864) 459-5074

Aiken County
Aiken County Clerk
P.O. Box 583
Aiken, SC 29802-0583
Telephone: (803) 642-2001

Allendale County
Allendale County Clerk
P.O. Box 126
Allendale, SC 29810-0126
Telephone: (803) 584-2737

Anderson County
Anderson County Health Dept.
220 MeGee Rd.
Anderson, SC 29625
Telephone: (864) 260-5667

Bamberg County
Bamberg County Clerk
P.O. Box 150
Bamberg, SC 29003-0150
Telephone: (803) 245-2025

Barnwell County
Barnwell County Clerk
P.O. Box 723
Barnwell, SC 29812-0723
Telephone: (803) 541-1031

Beaufort County
Beaufort County Clerk
P.O. Box 1083
Beaufort, SC 29901
Telephone: (843) 525-7300

Berkeley County
Berkeley County Clerk
223 North Live Oak Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461-2331
Telephone: (843) 761-6900

Calhoun County
Calhoun County Clerk
302 South Railroad Avenue
St. Matthews, SC 29135-1452
Telephone: (803) 874-3524

Charleston County
Charleston County Clerk
4050 Bridgeview Drive
North Charleston, SC 29405
Telephone: (843) 740-0801

Cherokee County
Cherokee County Clerk
P.O. Box 866
Gaffney, SC 26342
Telephone: (864) 487-2562

Chester County
Chester County Clerk
P.O. Drawer 580
Chester, SC 29706-0580
Telephone: (803) 385-2605

Chesterfield County
Chesterfield County Clerk
P.O. Box 529
Chesterfield, SC 29709-0529
Telephone: (803) 623-2574

Clarendon County
Clarendon County Clerk
P.O. Box E
Manning, SC 29102-0136
Telephone: (803) 435-4444

Colleton County
Colleton County Clerk
P.O. Box 620
Walterboro, SC 29488-0620
Telephone: (843) 549-5791

Darlington County
Darlington County Clerk
Darlington, SC 29532-3213
Telephone: (803) 393-3836

Dillon County
Dillon County Clerk
P.O. Box 1220
Dillon, SC 29536-1220
Telephone: (803) 774-5611

Dorchester County
Dorchester County Clerk
101 Ridge St.
Saint George, SC 29477-2443
Telephone: (843) 563-5100

Edgefield County
Edgefield County Clerk
215 Jeter Street
Edgefield, SC 29824-1133
Telephone: (803) 637-5781

Fairfield County
Fairfield County Clerk
P.O. Drawer 236
Winnsboro, SC 29180-0236
Telephone: (803) 635-1411

Florence County
Florence County Clerk
180 N. Irby St. MSC-L
Florence, SC 29501-3456
Telephone: (843) 665-3031

Georgetown County
Georgetown County Clerk
715 Prince St., P.O. Box 1270
Georgetown, SC 29440-3631
Telephone: (843) 546-5011

Greenville County
Greenville County Clerk
301 University Ridge, Suite 1200
Greenville, SC 29601
Telephone: (803) 467-7170

Greenwood County
Greenwood County Clerk
528 Monument
Greenwood, SC 29646-2643
Telephone: (864) 229-6622

Hampton County
Hampton County Clerk
P.O. Box 7
Hampton, SC 29924-0007
Telephone: (803) 943-7510 or (803) 943-7513

Horry County
Horry County Clerk
P.O. Box 288
Conway, SC 29528-0288
Telephone: (843) 248-1200

Jasper County
Jasper County Clerk
P.O. Box 248
Ridgeland, SC 29936-0248
Telephone: (843) 726-8832

Kershaw County
Kershaw County Clerk
1121 Broad St., Room 302
Camden, SC 29020
Telephone: (803) 425-1527

Lancaster County
Lancaster County Clerk
P.O. Box 1809
Lancaster, SC 29720
Telephone: (803) 285-1581

Laurens County
Laurens County Clerk
P.O. Box 287
Laurens, SC 29360-0287
Telephone: (864) 984-3538

Lee County
Lee County Clerk
P.O. Box 387
Bishopville, SC 29010
Telephone: (803) 484-5341

Lexington County
Lexington County Clerk
139 E. Main St., Room 110
Lexington, SC 29072-3488
Telephone: (803) 359-8324

Marion County
Marion County Clerk
P.O. Box 295
Marion, SC 29571-0295
Telephone: (843) 423-6500

Marlboro County
Marlboro County Clerk
P.O. Drawer 996
Bennettsville, SC 29512-0996
Telephone: (843) 479-8391

McCormick County
McCormick County Clerk
133 S. Mine St., P.O. Box 86
McCormick, SC 29835
Telephone: (803) 465-2195

Newberry County
Newberry County Clerk
P.O. Box 278
Newberry, SC 29108-0278
Telephone: (803) 276-3494

Oconee County
Oconee County Clerk
P.O. Box 158
Walhalla, SC 29691-0158
Telephone: (864) 638-4280

Orangeburg County
Orangeburg County Clerk
P.O. Box 100
Orangeburg, SC 29116-0100
Telephone: (803) 533-1000

Pickens County
Pickens County Clerk
P.O. Box 215
Pickens, SC 29671-0215

Richland County
Richland County Clerk
1701 Main St., P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202-2833
Telephone: (803) 748-4684

Saluda County
Saluda County Clerk
Courthouse Square
Saluda, SC 29138-1444
Telephone: (864) 445-3303

Spartanburg County
Spartanburg County Clerk
180 Magnolia St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Telephone: (864) 596-2556

Sumter County
Sumter County Clerk
141 N. Main St.
Sumter, SC 29150-4965
Telephone: (803) 773-1581

Union County
Union County Clerk
P.O. Box G
Union, SC 29379-0200
Telephone: (864) 427-0391

Williamsburg County
Williamsburg County Clerk
203 North Brooks
Kingstree, SC 29556
Telephone: (843) 354-6012

York County
York County Clerk
P.O. Box 649
York, SC 29745-0649
Telephone: (803) 684-8505

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