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Greenville County Genealogy

Greenville County was formed in 1798 from the old Washington District. The district of Greenville itself had been created as eary as 1786, but was part of the Washington District for several years. The area had been territory of the Cherokee Indians until around 1777. The origin of the name is unsure, but it’s speculated that it was named for either an early resident Isaac Green, or the Revolutionary War General Nathaniel Greene. The town of Greenville was originally named Pleasantburg before an 1831 name change. The area was a popular summer getaway for low country planters in the 1800s.

Among the notable persons that came from Greenville County are baseball great “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and Political and Civil Rights Activist Jesse Jackson.

The Poinsett Bridge is located in Greenville County, SC. It is the oldest existing bridge in the state. (Built around 1820.) This was a vital connection between the mountains of North Carolina to the Charleston and coastal areas of South Carolina. The area surrounding the bridge is now a Heritage Preserve. Picture available here.

More photos of Greenville County, SC Historical locations avialable here.

Chick Springs became a mineral spring resort in the mid 19th century. There is currently little left to note it’s existence but a bath house and gazebo.

There’s a bimonthly (I should say semi-monthly because the come out every OTHER month) magazine targeting Greenville called G – The Greenville Magazine – from their tagline “Showcasing the style, character and beauty of Greenville and Upstate SC.”

Greenville County SCGenweb site

Greenville County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 16236
Greenville, SC 29606

Greenville County Historical Society
P.O. Box 10472
Greenville, SC 29603

Greenville County Courthouse
301 University Ridge, Suite 100
County Courthouse
Greenville, SC 29601


1790 Federal Census transcription – indexed by last name

1790 Federal Census transcription – indexed by last name PDF format

1800 Federal Census transcription – indexed by last name

1800 Federal Census transcription PDF format

1810 Federal Census Index

1810 Federal Census transcription PDF format

1820 Federal Census Transcription – indexed by last name “A” – “Fincher” missing

1820 Federal Census Transcription PDF format

1830 Federal Census Index

1830 Federal Census transcription PDF format

1840 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Population Schedule – alphabetically by last name gives age and page number as well

1850 Federal Census Index – index to last names in Population/Agriculture and Slave schedules

Marriage Records

Greenville County, SC Marriage License Lookup Wonderful search of Greenville County marriage license’s. There seem to be a few gaps. The county’s site has a form you can request a copy of the marriage license as well.


USGS listing of cemeteries in Greenville County

Family Genealogy Pages

Our Upstate Ancestry


Collection of Old Postcards from Greenville County, SC

Query Forums

Georgetown County, SC Forum for Queries

Latest South Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Greenville County from the Forum:

South Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Greenville Co., SC Queries – Recent Topics

Oscewicee on “William Edward Lee parents, siblings”

Can anyone point me to information on the family of William Edward Lee, who was born in Greenville County, S.C., in 1843 (I believe in September)? William Edward moved to Cherokee County, Ga., and married there after the Civil War in 1866. He served in the 36th Ga. Infantry, if that’s of any help. Thank you very much for any assistance!!

Walkerjw816 on “CARLISLE, SHERMAN T.”

From Duluth GA to Athens GA. 1930 Census shows him in Greenwood Co SC. Does anyone have a contact, etc with this family? Please advise.

Greenville County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns of Greenville County:

Fountain Inn
Greenville (County Seat)
Park Place
Travelers Rest

News Related to Greenville County, SC
“greenville county” sc – Google News

Bullet grazes woman’s head near BI-LO store in Greenville County – WYFF Greenville

WYFF Greenville
Bullet grazes woman's head near BI-LO store in Greenville County
WYFF Greenville
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —A woman was grazed by a bullet Tuesday afternoon behind a BI-LO grocery store in Greenville County. Greenville County deputies said the call came in at about 4 p.m. The BI-LO is located at 3220 West Blue Ridge Drive.

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Five Blue Ridge football players charged with assault by mob –
Five Blue Ridge football players charged with assault by mob
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC — Five Blue Ridge High School varsity football players have been charged with assault and battery by mob in a locker room incident that occurred Tuesday, according to documents and school officials. On Tuesday, a freshman …
Updated: 5 Blue Ridge football players chargedTravelers Rest Tribune

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Truth Check: Greenville County’s proposed ‘penny sales tax’ increase – WYFF Greenville

WYFF Greenville
Truth Check: Greenville County's proposed 'penny sales tax' increase
WYFF Greenville
Penny increase defined – The measure on the ballot Greenville County voters are being asked to approve is a one-percent increase in the sales tax. That's one extra penny for every dollar you spend. If you spend $100, instead of paying $6 in sales taxes
Councilman: 1% tax opponents part of larger agendaGSA Business
Mayor White sees referendum as next step in Greenville's growthGreenville
Letter: New tax would come on top of other increasesGreenville News

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Greenville Co. deputy saves bridge jumper – The State

The State
Greenville Co. deputy saves bridge jumper
The State
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC — The man on the bridge lit one last cigarette before throwing the pack down next to his phone. He was calm, his hands steady. Looking back, Chris Hammett said that was when he knew the man was going to jump. Hammett …

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SC county denies same-sex marriage license requests – USA TODAY

SC county denies same-sex marriage license requests
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Three same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses Wednesday in Greenville County Probate Court were denied. The applications were made in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court refusal this week to consider six Court of …
Greenville County Probate Court denying same-sex marriage licensesSCNow
Gay marriages starting in South CarolinaAiken Standard
SC Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage licensesWYFF Greenville
The State -Charleston City Paper
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Greenville schools to screen students for Ebola – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Greenville News
Greenville schools to screen students for Ebola
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville County schools will be screening new students for Ebola before they enroll. The school district said in a statement it will begin questioning parents of guardians of new students to determine whether the student has
Greenville County Schools to screen students for EbolaGreenville News
School System QuestionnaireWLOS

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