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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:

Greenville County, SC at genforum

Cities and towns of Greenville County:

Fountain Inn
Greenville (County Seat)
Park Place
Travelers Rest

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