Florence County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Florence County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
|Founded||December 22, 1888|
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church
- 5.6 Court
- 5.7 DNA
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Newspapers
- 5.14 Periodicals
- 5.15 Probate
- 5.16 Taxation
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 6 Archives, Libraries, and Museums
- 7 Societies
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
Florence County's civil records start the following years:
Florence County Courthouse
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501-3431
Florence County Probate Court
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Probate and marriage records
Florence County Clerk of Court
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Court and land records
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
The county is named after Florence Harllee.
"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
Places / Localities
|Back Swamp||Fleet||Lake City||Peniel Crossroads|
|Bazen Crossroads||Flemingtown||Lee Crossroads||Perkins Crossroads|
|Bostick||Friendfield||Lynches Mill||Pleasant View (hist.)|
|Burch Crossroads||Gardner Crossroads||Mars Bluff||Poston|
|Butler Crossroads||Gibbs Crossroads||Mathis Corner||Poston Crossroads|
|Byrds Crossroads||Gregg Camp||McCalls Crossroads (hist.)||Price Crossroads|
|Camp Branch||Half Moon (hist.)||McKenzie Crossroads||Prospect Crossroads|
|Claussen||Hannah||Mill Branch||Quinby Forest|
|Coles Crossing||Hoffmeyer Crossroads||Mount Zion||Salem|
|Coward||Hollman Crossroads||New Hope||Sansbury Crossroads|
|Cusac Crossroads||Howe||North Gate||Sardis|
|Effingham||Johnsonville||Orum||Willow Creek Siding|
|Evergreen||Kennedy Crossroads||Parker Crossroads|
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Florence County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
CemeteriesThere are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Florence County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.
- Tanner, Vernon M. 1900 Census of the United States, State of South Carolina, County of Florence. 2 vols. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society, n.d. FHL Collection 975.784 X2t 1900
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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.
- Florence County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- Florence County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- [Chisolm] Horn, John Chisolm and Ruth Marguerite Horn Thompson. The Ancestors and Descendants of Edward Traill Horn (1850-1915) - Harriet Chisolm (1861-1946), Henry Eyster Jacobs (1844-1932) - Laura Hewes Downing (1852-1936). Huntingdon, Pa.: J.C. Horn Associates, 1989. FHL Book 929.273 H783ho.
- [Haynes] Christensen, Celia Langford. Haynes Heritage. Yorba Linda, Calif.: C.L. Christensen, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 H333c.
- [Keeffe] Hanna, Muriel K. Keeffe/Keefe/Keith Family of Florence and Marion Counties, South Carolina. Summerton, S.C.: M.K. Hanna, 2004. FHL 929.273 K243h
- [LaMotte] Gault, Charles B. Portrait Album of the Family of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Beers Gault of Lake Waccamaw and Wilmington, North Carolina. Typescript. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 844967 Item 6.
- [Lee] Brown, Gerald D. A Genealogy of a Lee Family Ancestry and Descendants of David Lee, Sr.: Mainly of Old Williamsburg District - Present Day Florence County, South Carolina. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society, 1995. FHL 929.273 L51br
- [Lewis] Lewis, J.D. My Neck of the Woods: The Lewis Families of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. FHL Collection book 929.273 L585Ljd, CD-ROM no. 1036
- [McCown] Clement, Louise McCown. The McCown Family of the Peedee Section of South Carolina. Columbia, S.C.: R.L. Bruan, 1966. FHL Book 929.273 M137cL.
- [O'Cain] Hegg, Sadie Catherine Leach. The Cain Tree and Tangled Branches: A Genealogical Record. n.p.: S.L. Hegg, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 C123h.
- [Stone] Rogers, Dorothy Lee and Louis Benjamin Rogers.Stone Works: Descendants of Old Austin Stone of the Three Rivers Area, with Related Families. Garden City, S.C.: D.L. Rogers, 2004. FHL Book 929.273 St71rd.
- [Taylor] House, D.J., Norma House, and Danny House. Cox--Wheeler: and Related Families. West Columbia, S.C.: D.J. & N. House, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 C839hd.
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.
- King, G. Wayne. "The Emergence of Florence, South Carolina, 1853-1890," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 82, No. 3 (Jul., 1981), pp. 197-209. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
- Gregg, Alexander. History of the Old Cheraws : Containing an Account of the Aborigines of the Pedee, the First White Settlements, their Subsequent Progress, Civil Changes, the Struggle of the Revolution, and the Growth of the Country Afterward, Extending from About A.D. 1730 to 1810 with Notices of Families and Sketches of Individuals (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967 ), 629 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 F2g 1967
- King, G. Wayne. Rise Up So Early : a History of Florence County, Sourth Carolina (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Company, 1981), 452 pages. Includes bibliographical references and index. Book found at FHL 975.784 H2k
- "Mars Bluff Light Dragoons, votes," Pee Dee Queue, November 1985, Volume 9, Issue 11. Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Marion, SC.
- "Mars Bluff Light Dragoons, roll, 1837," Pee Dee Queue, September 1985, Volume 9, Issue 9. Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Marion, SC.
- King, G. Wayne. Rise Up So Early : a History of Florence County, Sourth Carolina (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Company, 1981), 452 pages. Includes bibliographical references and index. Civil War pages 45-58. Book found at FHL 975.784 H2k
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Florence 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.
- Black Sun (Columbia, S.C.) 1977-current.
- Florence County Journal (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1925-1929.
- Florence Morning News (Florence, S.C.) 1945-current.
- Florence Times (Florence, S.C.) 1876-1896.
- Florence Times (Florence, S.C.) 1965-1970.
- Lake City News (Lake City, S.C.) 1910-1972.
- Lake City News and Post (Lake City, S.C.) 1972-current.
- Morning News (Florence, S.C.) 1929-1945.
- Pee Dee Times (Florence, S.C.) 1987-1992.
- The Advertiser (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1934-1934.
- The Banner Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1896-1896.
- The Dewey Eagle (Lake City, S.C.) 1898-1901.
- The Evening Herald (Florence, S.C.) 1903-1904.
- The Examiner (Florence, S.C.) 1977-1978.
- The Farmers' Friend (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1887-1889.
- The Florence Advertiser (Florence, S.C.) 1932-1932.
- The Florence Daily Times (Florence, S.C.) 1894-1925.
- The Florence Evening Star (Florence, S.C.) 1939-1941.
- The Florence Journal (Florence, S.C.) 1978-1983.
- The Florence Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1889-1896.
- The Florence Pioneer (Florence, S.C.) 1872-1876.
- The Florence Star (Florence, S.C.) 1941-1941.
- The Florentine (Florence, S.C.) 1957-1958.
- The Lake City Post (Lake City, S.C.) 1968-1972.
- The Morning News Review (Florence, S.C.) 1923-1929.
- The Olanta Observer (Olanta, S.C.) 1915-1920.
- The Reform Advocate (Florence, S.C.) 1893-1914.
- The Rutledge County News (Lake City, S.C.) 1908-1910.
- The Times (Florence, S.C.) 1992-current.
- The Times-Herald (Lake City, S.C.) 1949-1967.
- The Times-Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1896-1919.
- The Timmonsville Enterprise (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1895-1925.
- The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1875-187?.
- The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1925-1933.
- The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1964-1972.
- The Timmonsville Times (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1946-1958.
- The Watchman and Defender (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1920-1931.
- The Weekly News Review (Florence, S.C.) 1922-1923.
- Timmonsville News-Argus (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1937-1937.
- Ancestry.com. The Morning News Review [1924-1928] (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Available at Ancestry ($).
- Ancestry.com. Florence Morning News [1929-1977] (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Available at Ancestry ($).
- Ancestry.com. Morning News  (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Available at Ancestry ($).
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:
- Pee Dee Queue
- Three Rivers Chronicle
Florence County, South Carolina estate papers, ca. 1884-1916. South Carolina, Florence County,Probate Court. FHL Film 2209321
Cheraws or Chesterfield Distict wills, 1750-1865 and abstracts from the court of common pleas, 1823-1869. By James C. Pigg. (included today's Chesterfield, Marlboro and Darlington Counties and parts of Florence and Lee counties. These are Work Projects Administration (WPA) transcripts. FHL Book 975.763 P2pj
Holcomb and Lucas's publication includes the area that later became Florence County:
- [1811, 1814, 1824] Holcomb, Brent H. and Silas Emmett Lucas. Some South Carolina County Records... 2 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1976-1989. FHL Collection [Includes 1811, 1814, and 1824 tax lists for Marion District.]
- [1930s] Grandma's Trunk, Tax Receipts, 1930s, Three Rivers Chronicle, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2001).
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Florence County Library Systemconsists of a Main Library, five branch facilities, and a bookmobile.
The library systen is on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
Florence - Main Library
509 South Dargan Street
Florence, South Carolina 29506
Phone: (843) 662-8424
Fax: (843) 661-7544
Hours: Monday to Thusday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The E.N. Zeigler South Carolina History Room in the Florence Library contains many genealogical resources. Researchers will find one the largest genealogical collections in northeastern South Carolina. Cemetery surveys for most South Carolina counties, as well as deed, probate, and newspaper abstracts that include South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia. It is home to the Graham Collection, purchased in 1927 by the Library from the estate of Samuel A. Graham, State Senator from Williamsburg County. This unique collection of rare Americana is especially rich in South Carolina items and includes several exceedingly rare maps.
SC Room Phone: 843-413-7073/7060
SC Room email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnsonville - Doctors Bruce & Lee Foundation Library
242 South Georgetown Highway
Johnsonville, South Carolina 29555
Phone: (843) 386-2052
Fax: (843) 380-1302
Hours: Mon and Thu: 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
221 East Main Street
Lake City, South Carolina 29560
Phone: (843) 394-8071
Fax: (843) 394-1033
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Olanta - Dr. John M. Thomason Public Library
210 E. Hampton Street
Olanta, South Carolina 29114
Phone: (843) 396-4287
Fax: (843) 396-9317
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pamplico - Dozier M. Munn Pamplico Public Library
100 East Main Street
Pamplico, South Carolina 29583
Phone: (843) 493-5441
Fax: (843) 493-0361 MWF: 10:00 - 5:00
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saurday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Timmonsville - Baker Memorial Public Library
298 W. Smith Street
Timmonsville, South Carolina 29161
Phone: (843) 346-2941
Fax: (843) 346-2931
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Satuday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
558 Spruce Street Florence SC 29501
Hours: Tuesday to Saurday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Florence Museum contains primarily art and arifacts from many times and places. Among it's collections are a few historic documents
Pee Dee Chapter SCGS
Old Marion District
P.O. Box 1428
Marion SC 29571-1428
Old Marion District includes Marion, Florence and Dillon Counties.
Family History Centers
Florence South Carolina
1620 Malden Dr
Florence, Florence, South Carolina, United States
Hours: T- Th & Sat 10am-3pm,
Closed: Closed Major Holidays
- Florence County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Florence 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).