Horry County, South Carolina
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Horry County

Horry County was established on December 19, 1801 from Georgetown County. (Formed from the territory of Kingston County (non-functioning) in Georgetown Circuit Court District.). The county was named in honor of Peter Horry, Revolutionary War general .

The Horry County Seat is situated in Conway plus the county government website is horrycounty.org

Areas adjacent to Horry County are Columbus County, North Carolina (northeast), Brunswick County, North Carolina (east), Robeson County, North Carolina (northwest), Georgetown County (southwest), Marion County (west), Dillon County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Horry county include Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Aynor, Garden City, Loris, Surfside Beach, Atlantic Beach, Briarcliffe Acres.

Horry County vital records can be found at the South Carolina Department of Health has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in South Carolina for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Horry County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for South Carolina Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Horry County does have Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Horry Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Horry Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Horry Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Horry Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Horry County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Horry County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Horry County Courthouse and Government Records


Horry County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Horry County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in South Carolina courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the desires and worries of the many South Carolina men and women.


Old Horry County Courthouse

The chances are very good that your particular ancestors have left a detailed document of at least several aspects of their lives in the Horry County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Horry county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county. Federal troops rifled and vandalized courthouse offices in 1865; many loose papers and volumes of the clerk of court (including early deeds to 1828) were destroyed. The files of the commissioner of equity were virtually wiped out, and loose probate papers left in disarray. At some later date, pre-1887 General Sessions Indictments were lost as well.

I highly recommend you call the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will aid persons in locating the resources, however it is up to the particular person to complete the basic research.
  • Horry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1201 Third Avenue, Conway, SC 29526
  • Horry County Register of Deeds  records and maintain deeds, mortgages, plats, state and federal tax liens, mechanics liens, uniform commercial code filings, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
    • Address: 1301 Second Ave., Conway, SC 29526
    • Phone: (843) 915-5430 
    • Land Records: 1803
  • Horry County Clerk of Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.
    • Address: 1301 Second Ave., Conway, SC 29526
    • Phone: (843) 915-5370
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1799
  • Horry County Clerk of Court is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record. The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court which handles juvenile and domestic cases.
    • Address: 1301 Second Ave., Conway, SC 29526
    • Phone: 843-915-5080
    • Court Records: 1803
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Horry County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Horry County Health Department has birth and death records from January 01, 1915. Marriage records prior to 1950 are available from the Probate Court office. Divorce records since April 1949 are available from the County Clerk's office. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
    • Address: 1931 Industrial Park Road, Conway, SC 29526-4560
    • Phone: (843) 915-8802
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Horry County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Horry County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Horry County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Horry Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Horry Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Horry Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Horry Co. SC Census Records

Horry Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Horry Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Horry Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Horry Co. SC General and History Websites

Horry Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Horry Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Horry Co. SC Military Records

Horry Co. SC Schools & Directories

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