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Horry County Church Records

Church records can provide a variety of information about a community and its inhabitants. This is especially important for South Carolina research since the state did not require the recording of vital records until after 1900. The largest denominations in this area were the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist.


The following church records have been transcribed and donated to this website:


Spring Branch Baptist Church, by Nancy Sandahl

Mt. Ariel Freewill Baptist Church, by Caroline Inman


In addition, the following information about church records in Horry County and South Carolina may help you locate records for your ancestors:

Family History Library

The Family History Library has the following Horry County related church records on microfilm. You may view them at the FLH in Salt Lake City or rent them through your local Family History Center.

  • Methodist church, Waccamaw circuit (1836-1855)
  • Methodist, church, Conways Borough circuit (1836-1855)
  • Spring Branch Baptist Church, meeting minutes and member lists (1832-1899)
  • Prince Fredrick Winyah. Protestant Episcopal church. Records of Prince George and Prince Frederick Parishes, which included the modern-day counties of Marion, Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Williamsburg & Florence.
  • Register book for Prince Frederick Winyah Parish, 1713. Includes baptisms (1713-1794) and marriages (1726-1754)

South Carolina United Methodist Collection at Wofford College

Located in Spartanburg, Wofford College houses the South Carolina United Methodist Collection, the official depository for records of the South Carolina conference and its churches. Included in its collection are conference minutes as well as local church records and histories.

Since 1837, the Methodist church has published a newspaper called The Southern Christian Advocate. The archives at Wofford include an index to the obituaries in this paper. Part of the index is now online, and can be searched by visiting The Advocate Obituary Index.

The Baptist Historical Collection at Furman University

The library at Furman University in Greenville houses the archives for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The collection includes a variety of material, including microfilm of church records from across the state. Churches in Horry County which are filmed include Cane Branch, Conway First, Conwayboro, Green Sea, Honey Camp, Loris First, Maple, Ocean View, Pleasant Home, Spring Branch, and Tilly Swamp. For more complete descriptions, visit Furman University Church Record Holdings page, maintained by the archives.


The archives are also in the process of digitizing and indexing their photographic collection. To search the database, visit Furman University Photographs Online.


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This page last updated on Tuesday, 28-Dec-2004 20:30:30 MST