Florence County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Florence County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Florence County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded December 22, 1888
County Seat Florence

Quick Dates

Florence County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915  1900  1889  1884 

County Courthouse


Florence County Courthouse
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501-3431
Phone: 843-665-3031

Florence County Probate Court
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: 843-665-3085
Probate and marriage records

Florence County Clerk of Court
180 N. Irby St.
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: 843-665-3031
Court and land records

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


The county is named after Florence Harllee.[1]

Parent County

1888--Florence County was created 22 December 1888 from Marion, Darlington, Clarendon and Williamsburg Counties.
County seat: Florence [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"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.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Back Swamp Fleet Lake City Peniel Crossroads
Bazen Crossroads Flemingtown Lee Crossroads Perkins Crossroads
Blossom Florence Leo Perrot
Bostick Friendfield Lynches Mill Pleasant View (hist.)
Burch Crossroads Gardner Crossroads Mars Bluff Poston
Butler Crossroads Gibbs Crossroads Mathis Corner Poston Crossroads
Byrds Crossroads Gregg Camp McCalls Crossroads (hist.) Price Crossroads
Camp Branch Half Moon (hist.) McKenzie Crossroads Prospect Crossroads
Cartersville Hamville (hist.) Meeks Quinby
Claussen Hannah Mill Branch Quinby Forest
Coles Crossing Hoffmeyer Crossroads Mount Zion Salem
Coward Hollman Crossroads New Hope Sansbury Crossroads
Cusac Crossroads Howe North Gate Sardis
Danwood Hyman Oak Grove Scranton
Davistown Jamestown Oakdale Timmonsville
Ebenezer Johnson Crossroads Olanta Venters
Effingham Johnsonville Orum Willow Creek Siding
Elim Jones Crossroads Pamplico Winona
Evergreen Kennedy Crossroads Parker Crossroads
Fendall Kingsburg

Neighboring Counties

Clarendon | Darlington | Dillon | Lee | Marion | Marlboro | Sumter | Williamsburg


Research Guides

African Americans

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There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Florence County, South Carolina Cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 25,027
1900 28,474 13.8%
1910 35,671 25.3%
1920 50,406 41.3%
1930 61,027 21.1%
1940 70,582 15.7%
1950 49,710 −29.6%
1960 84,438 69.9%
1970 89,636 6.2%
1980 110,163 22.9%
1990 114,344 3.8%
2000 125,761 10.0%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Florence 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.


  • Tanner, Vernon M. 1900 Census of the United States, State of South Carolina, County of Florence. 2 vols. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society, n.d. FHL Collection 975.784 X2t 1900


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Florence



Template:DNA DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.


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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Florence, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 4,500 results.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png Learn more.

Message Boards


  • [Keeffe] Hanna, Muriel K. Keeffe/Keefe/Keith Family of Florence and Marion Counties, South Carolina. Summerton, S.C.: M.K. Hanna, 2004. FHL 929.273 K243h
  • [Lee] Brown, Gerald D. A Genealogy of a Lee Family Ancestry and Descendants of David Lee, Sr.: Mainly of Old Williamsburg District - Present Day Florence County, South Carolina. Hemingway, S.C.: Three Rivers Historical Society, 1995. FHL 929.273 L51br
  • [Lewis] Lewis, J.D. My Neck of the Woods: The Lewis Families of Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2002. FHL Collection book 929.273 L585Ljd, CD-ROM no. 1036


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.

Local Histories

  • King, G. Wayne. "The Emergence of Florence, South Carolina, 1853-1890," The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 82, No. 3 (Jul., 1981), pp. 197-209. Digital version at JSTOR ($).
  • Gregg, Alexander.  History of the Old Cheraws : Containing an Account of the Aborigines of the Pedee, the First White Settlements, their Subsequent Progress, Civil Changes, the Struggle of the Revolution, and the Growth of the Country Afterward, Extending from About A.D. 1730 to 1810 with Notices of Families and Sketches of Individuals   (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1967 ), 629 pages. Book at FHL 975.7 F2g 1967
  • King, G. Wayne. Rise Up So Early : a History of Florence County, Sourth Carolina (Spartanburg, South Carolina : Reprint Company, 1981), 452 pages. Includes bibliographical references and index. Book found at FHL 975.784 H2k



  • "Mars Bluff Light Dragoons, votes," Pee Dee Queue, November 1985, Volume 9, Issue 11. Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Marion, SC.
  • "Mars Bluff Light Dragoons, roll, 1837," Pee Dee Queue, September 1985, Volume 9, Issue 9. Pee Dee Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society : Marion, SC.



  • Black Sun (Columbia, S.C.) 1977-current.
  • Florence County Journal (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1925-1929.
  • Florence Morning News (Florence, S.C.) 1945-current.
  • Florence Times (Florence, S.C.) 1876-1896.
  • Florence Times (Florence, S.C.) 1965-1970.
  • Lake City News (Lake City, S.C.) 1910-1972.
  • Lake City News and Post (Lake City, S.C.) 1972-current.
  • Morning News (Florence, S.C.) 1929-1945.
  • Pee Dee Times (Florence, S.C.) 1987-1992.
  • The Farmers' Friend (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1887-1889.
  • The Florence Pioneer (Florence, S.C.) 1872-1876.
  • The Florence Star (FLorence, S.C.) 1941-1941.
  • The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1875-187?.
  • The Advertiser (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1934-1934.
  • The Banner Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1896-1896.
  • The Dewey Eagle (Lake City, S.C.) 1898-1901.
  • The Evening Herald (Florence, S.C.) 1903-1904.
  • The Examiner (Florence, S.C.) 1977-1978.
  • The Florence Advertiser (Florence, S.C.) 1932-1932.
  • The Florence Daily Times (Florence, S.C.) 1894-1925.
  • The Florence Evening Star (Florence, S.C.) 1939-1941.
  • The Florence Journal (Florence, S.C.) 1978-1983.
  • The Florence Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1889-1896.
  • The Florentine (Florence, S.C.) 1957-1958.
  • The Lake City Post (Lake City, S.C.) 1968-1972.
  • The Morning News Review (Florence, S.C.) 1923-1929.
  • The Olanta Observer (Olanta, S.C.) 1915-1920.
  • The Reform Advocate (Florence, S.C.) 1893-1914.
  • The Rutledge County News (Lake City, S.C.) 1908-1910.
  • The Times (Florence, S.C.) 1992-current.
  • The Times-Herald (Lake City, S.C.) 1949-1967.
  • The Times-Messenger (Florence, S.C.) 1896-1919.
  • The Timmonsville Enterprise (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1895-1925.
  • The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1964-1972.
  • The Timmonsville News (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1925-1933.
  • The Timmonsville Times (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1946-1958.
  • The Watchman and Defender (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1920-1931.
  • The Weekly News Review (Florence, S.C.) 1922-1923.
  • Timmonsville News-Argus (Timmonsville, S.C.) 1937-1937.

  • Ancestry.com. The Morning News Review [1924-1928] (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Ancestry.com. Florence Morning News [1929-1977] (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Available at Ancestry ($).
  • Ancestry.com. Morning News [1936] (Florence, South Carolina) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Available at Ancestry ($).

Florence County Information Portal


Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Pee Dee Queue
  • Three Rivers Chronicle



Published abstracts

Holcomb and Lucas's publication includes the area that later became Florence County:

  • [1811, 1814, 1824] Holcomb, Brent H. and Silas Emmett Lucas. Some South Carolina County Records... 2 vols. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1976-1989. FHL Book 975.7 P2hbh and 975.7 P2hbh v. 2 [Includes 1811, 1814, and 1824 tax lists for Marion District.]
  • [1930s] Grandma's Trunk, Tax Receipts, 1930s, Three Rivers Chronicle, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer 2001).

Vital Records



Pee Dee Chapter SCGS
Old Marion District
P.O. Box 1428
Marion SC 29571-1428

Family History Centers

Florence South Carolina
1620 Malden Dr
Florence, Florence, South Carolina, United States
Phone: 843-669-0100
Hours: T- Th & Sat 10am-3pm,
Closed: Closed Major Holidays
Attention: whwiggins

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Florence County, South Carolina


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).