Washington County, South Carolina Genealogy
- Not to be confused with the later Washington District of northwestern South Carolina.
History[edit | edit source]
Washington County was never surveyed or properly laid out. Its boundaries were ambiguous. Its county government never became functional. Most records were kept at the parish level; none were kept at the county level. There was no county seat. There were no political connotations to the county's existence. In this case the term "county" had no meaning other than to describe an approximate geographical area. It was a county in name only.
Washington County was abolished in 1791.
For documents of people who lived in this area at this time, look in parish records, or for papers filed in Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina Genealogy.
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 MapofUS.org website.
References[edit | edit source]
- "The Counties from 1664 to Present - In Alphabetical Order" in South Carolina - The Counties at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/sc_counties_alphabetical_order.html (accessed 28 April 2011).
- A History of the First Washington County, South Carolina in Carolana at http://www.carolana.com/SC/Counties/Washington1_county_sc.html (accessed 7 May 2011).