McCormick County, South Carolina Genealogy
|McCormick County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
|Founded||February 19, 1916|
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 6 Libraries
- 7 Societies
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
McCormick County's civil records start the following years:
McCormick County Courthouse
Hwy. 28, McCormick, South Carolina
Clerk of Court
133 S. Mine St.
McCormick, SC 29835
Court and land records
133 S. Mine St., Rm. 101
McCormick, SC 29835
Probate and marriage records
Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
HistoryCyrus McCormick (1809-1884).
"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
|Belcher Crossroads||Clarks Hill||Modoc||Whites Cross Roads (hist.)|
|Bethany (hist.)||Dornville (hist.)||Mount Carmel||Whitetown|
|Bordeaux||Liberty Hill||Parks Mill||Willington|
|Calhoun Hill||Meriwether||Plum Branch||Woodlawn|
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: McCormick County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
- W.P.A. Inventory of the County Archives of South Carolina No. 35, McCormick County. Columbia, S.C.: S.C. Historical Records Survey Project, 1940. FHL 975.736 A5h
- Gilchrist, Claude. Tell Them that We Have Gone On: A Survey of African-American Cemeteries of McCormick County, South Carolina. n.p.: C. Gilchrist, 2004. FHL 975.736 V3g
- Cawley, Henry H. "Tombstone Inscriptions from Private Cemeteries: Porcher Cemetery, Located Two Miles East of Willington, McCormick County, South Carolina," The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Apr., 1933), pp. 113-115. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
1920 and 1930 federal population schedules of McCormick 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.
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.
- Wood, Willie Mae G. Old Families of McCormick County, South Carolina and Dorn Families of Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick Counties. 2 vols. 1982. FHL 975.736 D2w v. 1
- McCormick County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- McCormick County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
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.
Early migration routes to McCormick County for European settlers included:
- Savannah River pre-historic
- Occaneechi Path pre-historic
- Middle Creek Trading Path pre-historic
- Fall Line Road about 1735
- Augusta-Savannah Trail in Georgia 1740s
- Augusta and Cherokee Trail in Georgia 1740s
- Great Valley Road (south fork) 1740s
- Charleston-Ft. Charlotte Trail about 1765
- Ft. Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path about 1765
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for McCormick 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.
- McCormick Messenger (McCormick, S.C.) 1902-current.
- The Advance (McCormick, S.C.) 1885-1886.
- The McCormick Advance (McCormick, S.C.) 1886-1887.
- The McCormick News (McCormick, S.C.) 1887-1894.
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:
Old 96 Chapter SCGS
P.O. Box 3468
Greenwood SC 29648-3468
Old 96 Chapter covers Greenwood, Abbeville and part of Edgefield and McCormick Counties.
Family History Centers
- McCormick County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- McCormick 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).