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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

Census

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.

Cemeteries

USGS listing of cemeteries in Greenville County

Family Genealogy Pages

Our Upstate Ancestry

Other

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:

Batesville
Cleveland
Conestee
Fountain Inn
Greenville (County Seat)
Greer
Marietta
Mauldin
Park Place
Piedmont
Simpsonville
Slater
Taylors
Tigerville
Travelers Rest

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

Construction on I-85, I-385 interchange is underway – WYFF Greenville


WYFF Greenville
Construction on I-85, I-385 interchange is underway
WYFF Greenville
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —Nighttime 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

Man surrenders in Greenville County shooting death
Hilton Head Island Packet
GREENVILLE, S.C. — 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 …

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Greer man convicted of killing 2 people in Greenville County – Hilton Head Island Packet


WYFF Greenville
Greer man convicted of killing 2 people in Greenville County
Hilton Head Island Packet
GREENVILLE, S.C. — 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 fireWYFF Greenville

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Driver: ‘I drove through a cloud of cash’ on Interstate 85 – WYFF Greenville


Greenville News
Driver: 'I drove through a cloud of cash' on Interstate 85
WYFF Greenville
… 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 CountyGreenville News
Money flies on I-85 after armored truck loses cash bagWBTW – Myrtle Beach and Florence SC
Cash flies out of armored van during rush hour on I-85Hilton Head Island Packet
WHNS Greenville -Myrtle Beach Sun News
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Automated pod cars on Greenville’s horizon – GSA Business


GSA Business
Automated pod cars on Greenville's horizon
GSA Business
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 – WYFF Greenville


Live 5 News
Coroner identifies man found dead in Upstate park
WYFF Greenville
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. parkLive 5 News

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