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.
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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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Greenville County Councilman Dill to seek re-election
Travelers Rest Tribune
GREENVILLE, S.C. â Greenville County Councilman Joe Dill on Friday announced he will seek re-election to Greenville County Council. First elected in November 1998, Dill is currently serving his third term on the council, representing constituents in …
3 Greenville County high schools to have new principals
He has been an assistant principal, administrative assistant and teacher in Greenville County Schools. He holds degrees from Grand Valley State University, Furman University and an Educational Leadership Certification from the University of South Carolina.
Greenville Health System, Oconee Medical closer to affiliation
The two organizations will spend the next two months performing due diligence pre-integration planning. A final agreement could be in place by June, roughly one year after GHS expanded its reach south of Greenville County through an affiliation with …
School bus driver shortage compounds tardiness problem
It's become such a routine thing for school buses to run late in Greenville County that the school district set up a special section on its website a few years ago so parents can scroll through and see if their child's bus is behind schedule. But …