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Horry County Genealogy

Horry County was formed in 1802 from the old Georgetown District. The first land grants in this area were in 1735. Bear Bluff and Black Lake were sites of some Revolutionary War skirmishes. Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion is supposed to have camped in Kingston (present day Conway) en route to the Battle of Black Mingo. Horry was named for Brigadier General Peter Horry, Kingston was renamed to Conwayborough for Brigadier General Robert Conway. In 1898, Conwayborough shortened it’s name to Conway as it incorporated. (Some 166 years after it’s founding in 1732.) Horry County is probably best known today as a tourist destination, the Myrtle Beach area is very popular with tourists. Surfside Beach as a family vacation destination has been promoted by the town of Surfside Beach (to the south of Myrtle Beach).

A more detailed History of Horry County, South Carolina can be found here.

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Horry County History

Horry County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1428
Marion, SC 29571

Horry County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2025
Conway, SC 29528

Horry County Courthouse
1301 Second Avenue
Govenment & Justice Center
Conway, SC 29526


1800 Federal Census Transcription

1850 Federal Census Index – by last name only

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Dog Bluff Twnship sorted alphabetically

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Gallivant’s Ferry Twnship sorted alphabetically

1920 Federal Census Transcription – Simpson Creek Twnship Partial


USGS listing of cemeteries in Horry County

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Cities and towns of Horry County:

Atlantic Beach
Cherry Grove
Cherry Grove Beach
Conway (County Seat)
Crescent Beach
Galivants Ferry
Green Sea
Little River
Murrells Inlet
Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach
Ocean Dr Beach
Ocean Drive
Ocean Drive Beach
Surfside Beach

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