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|Horry County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
|Founded||December 19, 1801|
Horry County's civil records start the following years:
Horry County Courthouse
1201 Third Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Horry County Clerk of Court
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Horry County Register of Deeds
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Horry County Probate Court
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Probate and marriage records
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
1801--Horry County was created 19 December 1801 from Georgetown District.
County seat: Conway 
"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.
- Lost census: 1890
|Adrian||Eddy Lake (hist.)||Keys Field||Polecat Bay|
|Allsbrook||Floyds Crossroads||Knotty Branch||Poplar Forks|
|Atlantic Beach||Forestbrook||Konig||Poplar Hill|
|Baker Crossroads||Freemont||Lewisville (hist.)||Privetts|
|Baxter Forks||Frieds Bay||Little River||Rabon Crossroads|
|Bayboro||Galivants Ferry||Little Town||Red Bluff Crossroads|
|Booth||Garden City||Live Oak||Red Hill|
|Brooksville||Garden City Beach||Long Point||Rehobeth|
|Brown Bay||Gilbert Crossroads||Longs||Saint Paul Forks|
|Bucksport||Green Sea||Lundy Crossroads||Sand Ridge|
|Bucksville||Grissett||Maple Crossroads||Sarvis Crossroads|
|Burgan||Hammond||McQueen Crossroads||Singleton Crossroads|
|Canon Hill||Hickory Grove||Myrtle Beach||Spring Hill|
|Causey||Homewood||Myrtle Ridge||Springmaid Beach|
|Cebu (hist.)||Horry||Ned Swamp||Stalvey|
|Cedar Grove||Howard||Nixons Crossroads||Star Bluff Crossroads|
|Cherry Grove Beach||Howells||Nixonville||Stephens Crossroads|
|Chestnut Crossroads||Hulls Island||North Conway||Surfside Beach|
|Chinners||Ingram Beach||North Myrtle Beach||Toddville|
|Cool Spring||Jamestown||Oakey Bay||Twelvemile|
|Crescent Beach||Jernigans Crossroads||Ocean Drive Beach||Wampee|
|Daisy||Jones Crossroads||Ocean Forest||Wannamaker (hist.)|
|Dog Bluff||Jonestown||Pages (hist.)||White Oak|
|Dogwood Neck (hist.)||Jordanville||Pee Dee Crossroads||White Pond|
|Dongola||Joy (hist.)||Pine Island||Worthams Ferry|
|Doyle||Juniper Bay||Platt Spring|
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Horry County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Horry County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Horry 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.
- Teel, Dorothy Owens and Three Rivers Historical Society (Hemingway, S.C.). The 1810 Census of Georgetown District and the 1810 Census of Horry District, South Carolina. 199-?. FHL Collection 975.78 X2t 1810
- Woodard, Janet H. Population Schedules of the Seventh Census of the United States, 1850, Roll 854, Horry County, South Carolina Original Returns of the Assistant Marshals, White and Free Colored Population. 1980. FHL Collection 975.787 X29w 1850
- Lewis, Catherine Heniford and Ashley Patterson Cox. Index to the 1860 Census of Horry County, South Carolina. Macon, Ga.: Waccamaw Records, 1989. FHL Collection 975.787 X22L 1860
- Lewis, Catherine Heniford, Ione Woodall and Ashley Patterson Cox. 1860 Census of Horry County, South Carolina Publication No. 4; Combining Original Copy Prepared by Ione Woodall and an Index Prepared by Catherine H. Lewis and Ashley P. Cox, Jr. Macon, Ga.: Waccamaw Records, 1996. FHL Collection 975.787 X2L 1860
- Horry County Historical Society. 1880 Census of Horry County, South Carolina. Conway, S.C.: Horry County Historical Society, 1970. FHL Collection 975.787 X2c
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]
Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Learn more.
Horry County families he studied include Bell (Folder no. 58 FHL Film 954526), Gore (Folder no. 343 FHL Film 954542), Livingston (Folder no. 520 FHL Film 954550), Thomas (Folder no. 889 FHL Film 954596).
- Andrea, Leonardo. Horry Co., S.C. Data. Typescript, microfilmed 1974. FHL 954248 Item 13
- Horry County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- Horry County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- [Cooper] Cooper, John P. Sketches of John Purley Cooper and Wife Ethel Mae Bethea: with Notes on Their Ancestry, Descendants, Some Kindred and Random Recollections. Ruxton, Md.: J.P. Cooper, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 C784cj.
- [Davis] The Jones, Skipper and Davis Family of England, Wales and America. FHL Book 929.273 A1 no. 7120.
- [Durant] Andrea, Leonardo. Durant. Typescript, Polk County Historical Library, Bartow, Fla. Microfilmed 1975: FHL Film 978080 Item 2.
- [Hankins] Media Research Bureau (Washington, D.C.). The Hankins Family with Data on Descendants of Rev. Dennis Hankins of Horry District, South Carolina and Madison County, Florida. MSS., 1950. FHL 978076 Item 15
- [Hughes] Hughes, Virginia Hayden and Charles Evan Hughes. Hughes, Hardee, McCumbee, Milligan Connection of the Carolinas. n.p.: n.p., 1996. FHL Book 929.273 H874hv.
- [Lewis] Stevenson, Mary Lewis. William Lewis of Horry County, South Carolina. n.p.: Charlotte Stevenson, 1960. FHL 929.273 L589st; digital version at World Vital Records ($).
- [Lewis] Long, Dorethea M. The Lewis Family: Portrait of a People. Conway, S.C.: D.M. Long, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 L585Ldm.
- [Lewis] Lewis, J.D. My Neck of the Woods: The Lewis Families of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. Little River, S.C.: J.D. Lewis, 2002. FHL Book 929.273 L585Ljd; CD-ROM no. 1036
- [Livingston] Andrea, Leonardo. "Livingston Family of Horry County, South Carolina," Miscellaneous Family Records. Typescript. Microfilmed 1977: FHL Film 978079 Item 12.
- [McCracken] Ronemous, Hulda W. Rob & Joe: McCracken & Williamson Ancestors in Eighteenth Century South Carolina. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 M137rh.
- [Tindall] Tindall, Anne Gibson. The Family of John G. Tindall of Horry County, SC and Allied Families. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society (South Carolina), [199-?]. FHL Book 929.273 T492tg.
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.
- The Independent Republic of Horry, 1670-1970: Items from the Independent Republic Quarterly, Official Publication of the Horry County Historical Society. Conway, S.C.?: The Society?, 1970. Digital version at Ancestry ($).
- Lewis, Catherine Heniford. Horry County, South Carolina, 1730-1993. (Columbia, South Carolina : University of South Carolina Press, c1998), 229 pages. Horry County's past does not fit neatly into South Carolina history, Lewis demonstrated its decided differences--political, social, and economic--from other regions of the state. Book found at FHL 975.787 H2L and Other Libraries.
- Epps, Florence Theodora , editor; Horry County Historical Society. The Independent Republic of Horry, 1670-1970 : items from The Independent republic quarterly, official publication of the Horry County Historical Society (South Carolina : s.n., 1970?), 100 pages. Family letters, photographs, accounts, and documents are accurate through the pages of The Independent Republic Quarterly. Book found at FHL FHL 975.787 H25ia and Other Libraries.
Early migration routes in Horry County for European settlers included:
- "Soldiers, 1775 - 1865," Independent Republic Quarterly, July 1975, Volume 9, Issue 3. Horry County Historical Society : Conway, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.787 H25i.
- "General Francis Nash and the encampment on Little River Neck, 1776-1777," Independent Republic Quarterly, 2006, Volume 36, Issue 3. Horry County Historical Society : Conway, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.787 H25i.
War of 1812
- List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Collection 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Horry County, p. 185. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War (1861-1865)
Civil War service men from Horry County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Horry County or from many of its men.
- Military Records. Horry County Historical Society. Internet site, accessed 12/27/2010. Has links to other Civil War information that is connected to Horry County.
- "Horry County - South Carolina Troops Confederate Roll of the the Dead". Horry County Historical Society. Internet site, accessed 12/27/2010. Gives a list of men who died, some ages, Company involved in and comments.
- Brunson, Joseph Woods. Pee Dee Light Artillery of Maxcy Gregg's (Later Samuel McGowan's) Brigade, First South Carolina Volunteers (infantry) C. S. A., a Historical Sketch and Roster (University, Alabama : Confederate Pub., c1983), 60 pages. Includes rosters of the three Pee Dee infantry companies (from Darlington, Horry and Marion counties) which were supported by the Pee Dee artillery. The battery was officially Company D of the 1st South Carolina regiment. Book found at FHL 975.7 M2bjr and Other Libraries.
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Horry 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.
- Aynor Journal (Aynor, S.C.) 1988-current.
- Grand Strand Journal (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1972-1973.
- Horry County News (Loris, S.C.) 1936-1952.
- Horry News (Conwayboro, S.C.) 1869-1877.
- Loris Times (Loris, S.C.) 1991-current.
- Myrtle Beach Daily News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1956-1956.
- Myrtle Beach News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1935-1956.
- Myrtle Beach News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1956-1961.
- North Myrtle Beach Times (North Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1971-current.
- Sun-News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1961-current.
- The Conway Field (Conway, S.C.) 1958-1964.
- The Field (Conway, S.C.) 1903-1958.
- The Field and Herald (Conway, S.C.) 1964-1989.
- The Horry County News and the Loris Sentinel (Loris, S.C.) 1952-1954.
- The Horry Dispatch (Conwayboro', S.C.) 1861-1863.
- The Horry Herald (Conway, S.C.) 1886-1897.
- The Horry Herald (Conway, S.C.) 1899-1964.
- The Horry Independent (Conway, S.C.) 1980-current.
- The Horry Progress (Conway, S.C.) 1883-1888.
- The Independent Republic (Conway, S.C.) 1897-1899.
- The Loris Scene (Loris, S.C.) 1992-current.
- The Loris Sentinel (Loris, S.C.) 1954-1991.
- The Myrtle Beach Journal (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1971-1972.
- The Myrtle Beach Journal (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1982-1992.
- The Myrtle Beach Sun (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1950-1955.
- The Myrtle Beach Sun and the Ocean Beach News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1956-1961.
- The Telephone (Conwayboro, S.C.) 1878-1883.
- The Tribune (Tabor City, N.C.) 1989-1991.
- The Tribune (Tabor City, N.C.) 1991-current.
- The Weekly Journal (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1975-1976.
- The Weekly Observer (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) 1974-1977.
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 this county, see:
- Independent Republic Quarterly
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available.
Probate Records, 1803-1873. Probate Court Horry County, South Carolina. Microfilm of original records in the Horry County courthouse, at Conway, South Carolina. FHL Film 1029438
- [1827-1828] Horry County, South Carolina Tax Records, 1827-28, Independent Republic Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Oct. 1976).
Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.
State-wide birth registration began in 1915. For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Aiken County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.
In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, 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. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.
The Aiken County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to June 1950 and after October 2009. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.
Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.
Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes
- 1861-1912 - Horry County marriages Abstracted from Newspapers - Bride Listing - abstract
- 1861-1912 - Horry County marriages Abstracted from Newspapers - Groom Listing abstract
- Prior to 1911 - Horry County Marriage Records Prior to 1911 - Recreated marriages - not complete
- 1911-1916 - Horry County Marriage Records, July 1, 1911 to Dec 16, 1916 - abstract
- There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Aiken County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.
Death - Indexes and Records
- 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Broad River Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 215
Hickory Grove SC 29928
source: Society Hill
Horry County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1428
Marion SC 29571
source: Society Hill
Horry County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2025
Conway SC 29528
source: Society Hill
Family History Centers
Myrtle Beach South Carolina
48th Ave N & Hwy Us 17 Bypass
Myrtle Beach, Horry, South Carolina, United States
Hours: W 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-4pm
- Horry County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Horry County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- ↑ "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
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