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BRIEF HISTORY OF FLORENCE COUNTY:

Florence County took its name from its county seat, the city of Florence. The county was formed in 1888 from parts of Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg, and Clarendon counties. The city of Florence was founded in the 1850s as a stop on the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad; it was named for Florence Harllee, daughter of William Wallace Harllee (1812-1897), the president of the railroad. Florence soon became an important transportation center for the Pee Dee region.

During the Civil War Florence was the site of a Confederate prison camp. In later years tobacco growing became a major activity in the county. Some famous Florence County natives are artist William H. Johnson (1901-1970), astronaut Ronald E. McNair (1950-1986), and stock car racer Cale Yarborough.

History courtesy of South Carolina State Library 



IMPORTANT NEW ANNOUNCEMENT 7/24/2018

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has released 11,000+ Revolutionary War Records

The online records index can be found herehttp://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/  An article was posted in the July 24, 2018 newsletter of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter



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Past Florence County Coordinators:

Val McGinnes ( - June 2002)
1st County Coordinator:  Larry Noah



Some of the below counties may reside on Rootsweb servers, which are currently not accessible.  We do not have a date when those will become available.  Please check back as many counties are moving to new hosting.  We appreciate your patience.  Some sites may be moving to usgenwebsites.org but are not yet online as well but will be soon.  It will take some time for each coordinator to also update all links within their sites as well.  Thank you. 

NEIGHBORING COUNTIES:
Marion County
Dillon County
Marlboro County
Darlington County
Lee County
Sumter County
Clarendon County
Williamsburg County

LINKS OF INTEREST

FLORENCE COUNTY:
Florence County Library

SOUTH CAROLINA:
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223
(803-896-6100)

South Carolina Historical Society
A wonderful resource and not to be missed.
SC State Museum

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