Washington County, South Carolina Genealogy

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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Carolina]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Washington_County,_South_Carolina|Washington County]]''
  
[http://www.mysouthcarolinagenealogy.com/sc-maps.html "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. They rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
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*'''''Not''''' to be confused with the later [[Washington District, South Carolina|Washington District]] of northwestern South Carolina.
  
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=== History  ===
  
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[[Washington_County,_South_Carolina|Washington County]] was created in 1785 in the overarching [[Charleston District, South Carolina|Charleston District]] from shore area northwest of Charleston City up to Georgetown.<ref name="oGran">"The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in ''South Carolina - The Counties'' at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/sc_counties_alphabetical_order.html (accessed 28 April 2011).</ref><ref name="Carolana">A History of the First Washington County, South Carolina in ''Carolana'' at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Washington1_county_sc.html (accessed 7 May 2011).</ref> See the [http://www.carolana.com/SC/Early_Statehood/sc_statehood_1800_districts_counties_1785.html 1785 South Carolina map]
  
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Washington County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.<ref name="oGran" />
  
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Washington County was abolished in 1791.<ref name="Carolana" />
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For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in [[South Carolina#Colonial_Parishes|parish]] records, or for papers filed in [[Charleston, South Carolina]].
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For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/southcarolina/ "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
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=== References  ===
  
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[[Category:Extinct Counties of South Carolina]]

Revision as of 16:49, 10 March 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png Washington County

History

Washington County was created in 1785 in the overarching Charleston District from shore area northwest of Charleston City up to Georgetown.[1][2] See the 1785 South Carolina map

Washington County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.[1]

Washington County was abolished in 1791.[2]

For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in parish records, or for papers filed in Charleston, South Carolina.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/sc_counties_alphabetical_order.html (accessed 28 April 2011).
  2. 2.0 2.1 A History of the First Washington County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Washington1_county_sc.html (accessed 7 May 2011).