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Template:South Carolina-stubUnited States  Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png McCormick County

McCormick County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting McCormick 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 February 19, 1916
County Seat McCormick

Quick Dates

McCormick County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
  1916 1916  1916  1920  1916  1916 

County Courthouse

McCormick County Courthouse

McCormick County Courthouse
Hwy. 28, McCormick, South Carolina

Clerk of Court
133 S. Mine St.
McCormick, SC 29835
Phone: 864-852-2195
Court and land records

Probate Court
133 S. Mine St., Rm. 101
McCormick, SC 29835
Phone: 864-852-2630
Probate and marriage records

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


The county is named after American inventor Cyrus McCormick (1809-1884).[1]

Parent County

1916--McCormick County was created 19 February 1916 from Greenwood and Abbeville Counties.
County seat: McCormick [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


Populated Places

Belcher Crossroads Clarks Hill Modoc Whites Cross Roads (hist.)
Bethany (hist.) Dornville (hist.) Mount Carmel Whitetown
Bordeaux Liberty Hill Parks Mill Willington
Buffalo McCormick Parksville Winterseat
Calhoun Hill Meriwether Plum Branch Woodlawn

Neighboring Counties

Abbeville | Columbia County, Georgia | Edgefield | Elbert County, Georgia | Greenwood | Lincoln County, Georgia


Research Guides

African Americans

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  • Gilchrist, Claude. Tell Them that We Have Gone On: A Survey of African-American Cemeteries of McCormick County, South Carolina. n.p.: C. Gilchrist, 2004. FHL 975.736 V3g


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1920 16,444
1930 11,471 −30.2%
1940 10,367 −9.6%
1950 9,577 −7.6%
1960 8,629 −9.9%
1970 7,955 −7.8%
1980 7,797 −2.0%
1990 8,868 13.7%
2000 9,958 12.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1920 and 1930 federal population schedules of McCormick 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.




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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 McCormick, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 900 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.

  • Wood, Willie Mae G. Old Families of McCormick County, South Carolina and Dorn Families of Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick Counties. 2 vols. 1982. FHL 975.736 D2w v. 1

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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



Early migration routes to McCormick County for European settlers included:




The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for McCormick County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.


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:



Vital Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums


Old 96 Chapter SCGS
P.O. Box 3468
Greenwood SC 29648-3468

Old 96 Chapter covers Greenwood, Abbeville and part of Edgefield and McCormick Counties.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: McCormick 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).