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 Courthouse
301 University Ridge, Suite 100
Greenville, SC 29601
1800 Federal Census transcription PDF format
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 transcription PDF format
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.
Family Genealogy Pages
Latest South Carolina Genealogy Query posts for Greenville County from the Forum:
South Carolina Genealogy Forum: Forum: Greenville Co., SC Queries – Recent Topics
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!!
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.
Cities and towns of Greenville County:
Greenville (County Seat)
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Construction on I-85, I-385 interchange is underway
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. âNighttime work has started on the Interstate 85-385 Gateway this week in Greenville County. Beginning Monday, motorists traveling at night on I-85 between Mauldin Road and Highway 14 will see activity on one of the largest …
Man surrenders in Greenville County shooting death
Hilton Head Island Packet
GREENVILLE, S.C. â A man charged with murder has surrendered to Greenville County sheriff's deputies. The sheriff's office told local media outlets that 20-year-old Javante Dashawn Geddie of Greenville turned himself in Thursday afternoon. Geddie is …
Greer man convicted of killing 2 people in Greenville County
Hilton Head Island Packet
GREENVILLE, S.C. â A Greer man has been convicted of killing two people in Greenville County several years ago. Multiple media outlets report that a jury in Greenville returned a guilty verdict against 26-year-old James Michael Johnson on Thursday.
Verdict reached in case of woman's, man's bodies found after fire
Driver: 'I drove through a cloud of cash' on Interstate 85
… in all his years of working with the South Carolina Highway Patrol he has never seen this. Two people sent emails to the WYFF 4 Newsroom saying they drove through the money. One email said, "God as my witness … I drove through a cloud of cash money.
Flying money reported on I-85 in Greenville County
Money flies on I-85 after armored truck loses cash bag
Cash flies out of armored van during rush hour on I-85
Automated pod cars on Greenville's horizon
David Edwards, Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport; Mike Lester, Taxi 2000; Fred Payne, Greenville County Economic Development Corp.; and Woodrow Willard, a commissioner with the S.C. Department of Transportation at today's GSA Business …
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Coroner identifies man found dead in Upstate park
Greenville County deputies say a Greer police officer patrolling the area found Pyles laying in the parking lot of the park , which is down the street from Riverside High School. Investigators believe Pyles might have been involved in an altercation …
Deputies: Man fatally shot near Greenville Co. park