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Anderson County Genealogy

Anderson was created in 1826 from the old Pendleton District. It was named for a Revolutionary War soldier, Robert Anderson. The area was originally settled by the Cherokee until a 1777 treaty ceded to the colonists. The area of the Pendleton District was also known as Washington District for a period of time, before the district was split to form Anderson and Pickens Counties in 1826. Pendleton is the oldest town in the county, founded in 1790. The town of Anderson Courthouse was established close to the center when the county was created. Cotton and textiles have been major products of the area through the years. Anderson was noted as the first city in the south to have a continuous supply of electricity. Power was supplied by a water mill in the Rocky River. That is attributed to the ingenuity of William Whitner. The first electric cotton gin was built in Anderson in 1897.

Anderson County is home to the Anderson County Museum.

Anderson County SCGenweb site

Anderson County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 5743
Anderson, SC 29623

Anderson Chapter South Carolina Genealogical Society
PO Box 74
Anderson, SC 29622

Anderson County Courthouse
P.O. Box 8002
County Courthouse
Anderson, SC 29622


1790 Federal Census images and transcription for the entire state

1790 Federal Census Transcription – Pendleton District

1800 Federal Census Index – Pendleton District

1810 Federal Census Index – Pendleton District

1820 Federal Census Index – Pendleton District Surnames starting with FIE-Y

1830 Federal Census Index

1840 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Index – Last names only


USGS listing of cemeteries in Anderson County

Cemetery Transcriptions

Rootsweb’s Anderson County, SC “Book of the Dead” This is a nice compilation of all the names currently transcribed from all the cemeteries that have been canvased in Anderson Co., SC. Nice compiled reference.

Query Forums

Anderson County, SC Forum for Queries

Anderson County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns of Anderson County:

Anderson (County Seat)
Homeland Park
Honea Path
La France
Sandy Springs
West Pelzer

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