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
- 5.1 Archives and Libraries
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church History and Records
- 5.6 Court Records
- 5.7 DNA
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 History
- 5.10 Land and Property
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Migration
- 5.13 Military History and Records
- 5.14 Newspapers
- 5.15 Obituaries
- 5.16 Periodicals
- 5.17 Probate Records
- 5.18 Taxation
- 5.19 Vital Records
- 6 Societies, Libraries and Museums
- 7 Family History Centers
- 8 Websites
- 9 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.
Archives and Libraries
- 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 Book 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 Book 975.736 V3g
There are many burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see McCormick County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|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.
Church History and Records
- An address delivered at New Bordeaux, Abbeville District, S.C., November 15, 1854: on the 90th anniversary of the arrival of the French Protestants at the place FHL Book 975.7 A1 no. 88, fiche 6104379 (1 fiche)
- The Huguenots of New Bordeaux FHL Book 975.736 F2e
- Equity records of Old 96 and Abbeville district[s] (as on file in the Abbeville Courthouse, S. C.) vol. 1 : 1791-1849FHL Book 975.7 P2y
- South Carolina genealogical records : volume I, Abbeville District FHL Book 975.73 P2t
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]
- The Hard Labor section. FHL Book 975.73 D2c
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 Book 975.736 D2w v. 1
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- McCormick County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- list of Ancestry county message boards (Ancestry)
- list of non-county specific message boards (Ancestry)
- McCormick County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- South Carolina Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- The Hard Labor section. FHL Book 975.73 D2c
Land and Property
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 and from 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
- Fort Charlotte and Cherokee Old Path about 1765-1777
Military History and Records
- The Hard Labor section. Includes lists of militiamen and confederate soldiers. FHL Book 975.73 D2c
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.
- 1846-1860: Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 by E. Don Herd  *1846-1860: Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 by E. Don Herd  WorldCat 6867370 ▲ FHL Book 975.73 V2 - index
- Annals of Edgefield District FHL Fiches
- Transactions of McCormick County Historical Society FHL Book 975.736 H25t
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.” 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.
- South Carolina genealogical records: volume I, Abbeville District FHL Book 975.73 P2t
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 McCormick 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 McCormick 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.
- Abbeville District, South Carolina marriages, 1777-1852 FHL Book 975.7 A1 no. 72
- McCormick County, South Carolina marriage license affidavits to obtain licenses and the marriage license, ca. 1916-1952 FHL films
- McCormick County, South Carolina marriage licenses,1916-1950 FHL films
Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.
Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records
- 1777-1852 - Abbeville District, South Carolina Marriages, 1777-1852  FHL Book 975.7 A1 ▲ WorldCat 5800325 - McCormick was once in Abbeville District; index
- 1846-1860 - Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 by E. Don Herd FHL Book 975.73 V2 ▲ WorldCat 6867370 - index
- 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 McCormick 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
- 1846-1860: Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 by E. Don Herd  FHL Book 975.73 V2 WorldCat 6867370 - 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.
Societies, Libraries and Museums
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
- WorldCat 50140092 FHL Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
- 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.
- Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
- Lucas, Silas Emmett, Abbeville District, South Carolina Marriages, 1777-1852, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c1979.