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Welcome!      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.


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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.

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Dorchester Photo Album Dorchester Places & Towns
African American Genealogy
Dorchester, Colleton & Bamberg Counties
Dorchester County Mailing List
Dorchester Co Queries How You Can Contribute to the Dorchester County SCGenWeb!
David Gavin Diary
.Historic Bed & Breakfast Inns
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Link to Upper Dorchester County Historical Society

NEWS, SEPT. 2013: 
Our society is hosting a "Historic Homes & Sites Tour" on Saturday, November 2, from 11 AM to 5 PM.  Last year the tour featured the Badham Mansion (only downstairs) that had never been opened to the public before. This year's tour will include the entire house. The upstairs is remarkable. It is the living quarters and features a maze of rooms and 5 balconies. One overlooks the front of the property and 4 are actually antique bathrooms, suspended from air hanging over the 2 side porches. The walls, ceiling and floors are built of walnut, mahogany and pine. Stained glass is featured in windows and door panels and the radiators used to steam heat the house in earlier days are prevalent throughout the house.  All proceeds will be used on a growing list of historic needs. Tickets are $15 per person, children 15 and under are free if accompanied with an adult. Tickets can be purchased in advance through our website:

Bill Blakely has shared photographs of the sites on the tour.  Please click on link below to view the photographs and brief histories of the sites.  UDCHS Tour of Historic Sites

NEWS, MAY 2012:    Memorial Stones-Cemetery Inscriptions of Upper Dorchester County, has been published and is ready to sell. It is a beautiful hard-bound book that includes 153 cemeteries with over 15,000 inscriptions recorded. Also included in this publication are several cemeteries in Colleton County (oldest along the Edisto River) and two from Orangeburg County.
The book has been broken down into Townships and all cemeteries within the township are listed in alphabetical order. Under the cemetery name are listed: surnames, first name, birth and death date, relationship (e.g. husband of, wife of, son of, etc.) and other pertinent information (e.g. minister, veteran, physician, etc.) are included.   

Information for ordering this and other publications on THIS PAGE.   


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

Pat Sabin, County Coordinator
Dorchester County, SCGenWeb

Pat's Place 
Other History, Genealogy, and Vintage Postcard Sites I Host

2001-2014 Pat Sabin for the Dorchester County SCGenWeb
1998-2000 Jane Hurd, original county coordinator who made
a HUGE contribution to Dorchester County online Genealogy!

If you are interesting in adopting a county with the SCGenWeb Project, contact the SCGenWeb State Coordinator, Victoria Proctor . You'll find County Coordinator guidelines at The USGenWeb Project .