Georgetown District, South Carolina Genealogy

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  • Not to be confused with Georgetown County created in 1800 by renaming Winyah County. From 1800 to 1868 that Georgetown County was also known by the alias of Georgetown District.

History[edit | edit source]

Georgetown District was created in 1768 by renaming Craven County.[1] See the 1768 South Carolina map.

In 1785 four subordinate counties were formed within the overarching Georgetown District:

Prior to 1798 none of these counties became functional. They were counties in name only. Records were kept either at the parish level, at the District Seat level in Georgetown, or at the capital in Charleston.[2] See the 1785 South Carolina Map.

In 1800, South Carolina abolished overarching administrative court districts like Georgetown District, and switched to the county-only concept. An all new Georgetown County was created in 1800 by renaming Winyah County. However they called their counties, districts until 1868, after the Civil War. [3]

For documents of people who lived in this area from 1768 to 1800, look in:[4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the website.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at (accessed 9 May 2011).
  2. "A History of Georgetown District" in Carolana at (accessed 9 May 2011).
  3. Lewis, J.D., Camden District, South Carolina, : 2007
  4. "South Carolina Districts and Parishes 1775" [map] in Carolana at (accessed 9 May 2011).