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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Person bitten by rabid bat in Greenville County
A person in Greenville County has been bitten by a rabid bat, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. DHEC said the person was bitten while outdoors in the Taylors area, but they did not provide a specific location. The …
DHEC: Bat exposes person to rabies in Greenville Co.
S.C. DOT needs more than $42 billion
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC â The projected cost of maintaining the state's crumbling roads in coming decades has more than doubled since 2008, according to a new state transportation plan. The draft report of the state's transportation needs until 2040 …
Upstate men sentenced to prison for attack on newspaper delivery driver
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC â Two Piedmont men have been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for carjacking a Greenville News delivery driver, who was choked almost to unconsciousness during the attack and whose car was later sold in …
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Area breweries investing millions, adding staff
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GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC â Asheville's craft brewery boom continues to see explosive growth, with many beer producers dropping millions on expansion and staff. "We are always expanding, always figuring out how to make more beer," said Dennis Thies, …
$1 million GHS gift matched by unnamed donor
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC â Medical advances come along at a pretty fast clip, but they often come with a hefty price tag. So Dr. Bill Schmidt and his wife, Jean, on Monday announced a $1 million gift to the Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System …
Coroner: Infant dies after run over by truck in Greenville Co.
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) – The Greenville County coroner said a 3-month-old died in an accident, run over by a pickup truck at a family gathering on Saturday. The incident took place on private property along Carman Trail in the Travelers Rest …
Mother unable to stop truck from rolling over her baby, coroner says
Coroner: SC infant dies after fall from truck