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