Berkeley County, South Carolina Genealogy

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County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Berkeley Courthouse

History[edit | edit source]

The county was named after Virginia Governor William Berkeley (1605-1677).[1]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1882--Berkeley County was created 31 January 1882 from Charleston County.
County seat:  Moncks Corner [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Alvin Floricane (hist.) Moncks Corner Saint Stephen
Ararat Fox Bank (hist.) Moorefield Sandridge
Avendaughbough (hist.) Gehlkin (hist.) Moreland Sandy Run (hist.)
Berkeley Hills Goose Creek Moss Pond (hist.) Santee (hist.)
Bethera Gravel Hill (hist.) Mount Holly Santee Circle
Beufordtown Green Bay Mudville (hist.) Shulerville
Black Tom (hist.) Green Hill (hist.) Murraysville Simmonsville
Bonneau Grove Hall Murrell (hist.) Simpson Crossing
Bonneau Beach Hagan Newland Spring Head (hist.)
Bombaretta (hist.) Hanahan North End (hist.) Spring Hill (hist.)
Buck Hall (hist.) Harristown Oakley Spring Plain (hist.)
Burtons (hist.) Hickory Grove (hist.) Old Cordesville Strawberry
Caromi Village Highland Park Old Joe Tiger Corner (hist.)
Casey Hill (hist.) Honey Hill Old Vat (hist.) Turkey Pond
Chapel Hill (hist.) Hope (hist.) Palmerville Wampee
Charity Huger Pigeon Bay (hist.) Wando
Cherry Hill Jamestown Pimlico Wappoola
Chicora Kitfield (hist.) Pine Grove Washington
Childsbury Kittredge Pineville Wassamassaw (hist.)
Church Hill (hist.) Ladson Pinopolis Whitesville
Comingtee Legare (hist.) Pringletown Wilder
Conifer (hist.) Limerick Prioleau Witherbee
Cordesville Locklair (hist.) Razorville (hist.) Woodland
Corsada (hist.) Long Ridge Region Town (hist.) Wrangle Town (hist.)
Cross Macbeth Remleys (hist.) Yellow House (hist.)
Driggerstown Matassee (hist.) Rice Hope
Eadytown Melgrove (hist.) Richmond
Ellwood Mepkin Russellville

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Berkeley County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church[edit | edit source]

The following Berkeley County church records have been indexed on the International Genealogical Index:[3]

Church Baptisms Batch Marriages Batch
St. Andrews Parish 1699-1783 C506601 x x

Court[edit | edit source]

Family Histories[edit | edit source]

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Berkeley, South Carolina at World Connect, results in more than 7,500 entries.

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

Message Boards


  • [Carter] Pedigree of the Descendants of Thomas Cater, Planter of Berkeley County, S. C., Will Dated, 1730. FHL US/CAN Pedigree File no. 456.

Land[edit | edit source]

Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

  • Orvin, Maxwell Clayton. Monck's Corner, Berkeley County, South Carolina. Charleston, S.C.?: unknown, 1950. Digital version at Ancestry ($).

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. FHL 942 P27c 2007 [Includes wills of residents of Christ Church Parish, St. John's Parish, and Berkeley County proved in London, see place-name index. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries [edit | edit source]

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Berkeley County, South Carolina

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Hugh Wallis, IGI Batch Numbers for South Carolina, USA, accessed 14 September 2010.