Horry County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Horry County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Horry County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1801
County Seat Conway

Quick Dates

Horry County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915    1810 1803  1803 

County Courthouse


Horry County Courthouse
1201 Third Avenue
Conway, SC 29526

Horry County Clerk of Court
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843-915-5080
Court records

Horry County Register of Deeds
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 843-915-5430
Land records

Horry County Probate Court
1301 Second Ave.
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: 834-915-5370
Probate and marriage records

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


The county is named after Revolutionary War General Peter Horry (1747-1815).[1]

Parent County

1801--Horry County was created 19 December 1801 from Georgetown District.
County seat:  Conway [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"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.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Adrian Eddy Lake (hist.) Keys Field Polecat Bay
Allen Finklea Klondike Port Harrelson
Allsbrook Floyds Crossroads Knotty Branch Poplar Forks
Atlantic Beach Forestbrook Konig Poplar Hill
Aynor Forney Lakewood Princeville
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
Brownway Grahamville Loris Salem Crossroads
Bucksport Green Sea Lundy Crossroads Sand Ridge
Bucksville Grissett Maple Crossroads Sarvis Crossroads
Bunker Hill Gurley Mary Shell
Burgan Hammond McQueen Crossroads Singleton Crossroads
Burgess Hand Mount Olive Socastee
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
Conway Jaluco Norton (hist.) Tompkins
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
Duford Ketchuptown Playcards

Neighboring Counties

Brunswick County, North Carolina | Columbus County, North Carolina | Dillon | Georgetown | Marion | Robeson County, North Carolina


Research Guides

African Americans

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There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Horry County, South Carolina Cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 4,349
1820 5,025 15.5%
1830 5,245 4.4%
1840 5,755 9.7%
1850 7,646 32.9%
1860 7,962 4.1%
1870 10,721 34.7%
1880 15,574 45.3%
1890 19,256 23.6%
1900 23,364 21.3%
1910 26,995 15.5%
1920 32,077 18.8%
1930 39,376 22.8%
1940 51,951 31.9%
1950 59,820 15.1%
1960 68,247 14.1%
1970 69,992 2.6%
1980 101,419 44.9%
1990 144,053 42.0%
2000 210,757 46.3%
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.

See Horry County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

  • 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




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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Horry County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.


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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Horry, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 45,000 results.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png 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

Message Boards


  • [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.

Local Histories

  • 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 to and from Horry County for European settlers included:[4]


  • "Soldiers, 1775 - 1865," Independent Republic Quarterly, July 1975, Volume 9, Issue 3. Horry County Historical Society : Conway, SC. FHL Collection Book 975.787 H25i.
Revolutionary War
  • "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.

- 7th Battalion, South Carolina Reserves (Ward's), Company B - Roster
  • 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.


  Horry County Obituary Index Search Engine


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.


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


Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[5] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

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


Published abstracts
  • [1827-1828] Horry County, South Carolina Tax Records, 1827-28, Independent Republic Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 4 (Oct. 1976).

Vital Records

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 Horry 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 Horry County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. 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 and Records


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 Horry County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • 1791-1861 - Marriage, Death, and Estate Notices from Georgetown, South Carolina Newspapers, 1791-1861 by Brent H. Holcomb [8] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 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

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage 

  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
Phone: 843-449-1166
Hours: W 6pm-9pm; Sat 10am-4pm

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Horry County, South Carolina


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  5. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  6. Holcomb, Brent H., Marriage, Death, and Estate Notices from Georgetown, South Carolina Newspapers, 1791-1861, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c1979.
  7. Horry County (South Carolina), Clerk of the County Court, Marriage records (Horry County, South Carolina), 1911-1951, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2002-2005.
  8. Holcomb, Brent H., Marriage, Death, and Estate Notices from Georgetown, South Carolina Newspapers, 1791-1861, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c1979.