Dorchester County



The Dorchester County SCGenWeb Project

Welcome!    Please bear with me as I work to make this site more compatible with mobile devices.   I am Pat Sabin, County Coordinator for the Dorchester County SCGenWeb Project.  I also host the Colleton and Bamberg County SCGenWeb sites.  My "lowcountry" families include Ayer, Byrd, Gavin, Hughes, Raysor, Risher, Stokes, and related families.

My contribution to the Dorchester County SCGenWeb site is in maintaining the project site.  If you have any documents, such as wills, deeds, Bible records, old letters, groups photos, church histories, etc., please consider submitting them to the Dorchester County SCGenWeb Project to share with other "seekers."

PLEASE NOTE:   I do not live in South Carolina, and regret to say that I am unable to help with personal genealogy research unless it coincides with my own family research.   I upload information as it is received from volunteers, and everything I have is on this site.    Please let me know if you would like to register your surnames. I recommend that you post queries on the RootsWeb/Ancestry and the GenForum (Genealogy.Com) forums linked below.


     The USGenWeb Project began in 1996 as a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone. 

     Organization is by county and state, and this website provides you with links to all the state websites which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties. The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects at the national level and this website provides an entry point to all of those pages, as well.   The SCGenWeb Project  is a member of the USGenWeb Project.  Read about the History of the USGenWeb Project.


South Carolina Map

Dorchester County was named for Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1696 Congregationalists migrated from Dorchester, Massachusetts to South Carolina, establishing a new settlement  called Dorchester.  The original town had been abandoned by 1788, but the parish continued to refer to it as St. George Dorchester. 

The area of modern Dorchester County was, in 1710, part of the old Colleton and Berkeley Districts.  In 1769 it became part of the Orangeburgh and Charleston Districts.   In 1801 it was incorporated into the new Colleton County.  Dorchester County was formed in 1897.


Research & Resources - Transcriptions & Links 
to Additional Information

Visitor Center 

How to Get Started in Your Dorchester County Research

What's New at Dorchester SCGenWeb
Lookup Volunteers
Surname Registry   |    Family Reunions

Dorchester Photo Album Dorchester Places & Towns

African American Genealogy
Dorchester, Colleton & Bamberg Counties

Dorchester County Mailing List
Post and View Dorchester Co Queries
How You Can Contribute to the Dorchester County SCGenWeb!

David Gavin Diary

.Historic Bed & Breakfast Inns
SCGenWebSCGenWeb Project US GenWeb Project
View 1998 Entries

A few of our "Low Country" Neighbors
 Allendale | Bamberg  | Barnwell | BerkeleyBeaufort
Charleston |ColletonDorchester | Hampton | Jasper | Orangeburg

Pat Sabin, County Coordinator
Dorchester County, SCGenWeb

2001-2015 Pat Sabin for the Dorchester County SCGenWeb
1998-2000 Jane Hurd, original county coordinator who made
a HUGE contribution to Dorchester County online Genealogy!

This page last updated 03/09/2015