South Carolina Family History Societies(H-O)

This section lists associations from Horry to Newberry giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and Other Societies

Horry County Historical Society

The society is a non-profit making association and was established in 1966. Horry is a surname of French origin, the correct pronunciation of which is 'OH-REE'.

A number of databases and information are available on the association's site, which include African American Information, 1880 Agricultural Survey, Bible Records, Biographies, List of Cemeteries, Census Returns and Court Records.

Databases and Information incorporate:

  • Death Certificates
  • Family Links
  • Genealogy Charts
  • High School Senior Class Lists
  • Land Records
  • Maps
  • Marriages
  • Military Records
  • Obituaries
  • Photographs
  • Wills

A number of publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • History of the Conway Fire Department
  • Horry Co. 1860 Census Index
  • Horry Co. 1880 Census
  • Indexes for the IRQ(Independent Republic Quarterly)
  • Marriages extracted from Newspapers 1861-1912
  • Plat Books
  • Swamp, Strand and Steamboat: Voices of Horry County 1732-1954
  • World War I Draft Registrations

They have a Message Board which is hosted by Rootsweb.


Lexington Genealogical Association

The association publishes The Lexington Genealogical Exchange, its quarterly newsletter and an Index to this publication is on their site.

A number of publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1850 Census Edgefield District, Orangeburg District and Richland Co.
  • Buffs and Millers Along the Saluda
  • Cemeteries
  • Kaminers of South Carolina
  • Lineage Charts
  • Pictorial History of Lexington Co.
  • Remembering Lexington - Good Stewards in a New Land

Newberry County Genealogical Society

The association has an extensive collection of archives which are held in Newberry County Library.  These incorporate:

  • Agricultural Censuses
  • Census Population Schedules
  • Court of Common Pleas - Pleadings and Judgement Books
  • Deeds
  • Mortality Schedules
  • Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Saxe-Gotha and Dutch Fork Pioneers and their Descendants
  • Will Transcripts 1782-1868

Newberry Co. Courthouse holds Guardianship Papers and Real Estate Files on Microfilm and Books of Marriages starting in 1911.

A number of publications are available from Brent H Holcomb and SCMAR(South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research), which include:

  • Census Indexes
  • Church Registers
  • Court Documents
  • Deed Abstracts
  • Family Histories
  • Index to South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research
  • Land Petitions
  • Marriage and Death Notices in Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • South Carolina's Royal Grants
  • South Carolina's State Grants
  • Will Abstracts

Publications are also available through the association, which include:

  • Newspaper Abstracts 1858-1877
  • Back Issues of Old Newberry District Quarterlies
  • Deeds 1785-1840
  • Early Land Grants and Landowners(A list of Land Grants is available through the site)
  • Equity Records 1845-1865
  • Family Histories
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Naturalisations of the Federal Courts of South Carolina 1790-1906
  • Real Estate Records 1825-1949
  • Setzlers of the Dutch Fork
  • Washington District Equity Records 1816-1843
  • Wills