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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:

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:

Fountain Inn
Greenville (County Seat)
Park Place
Travelers Rest

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

Child Hit By Car in Greenville County – WLOS

Child Hit By Car in Greenville County
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — A child is rushed to the hospital after being hit by a car Tuesday night. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the accident happened on Conestee Road, around 8:15pm. Lance Corporal Tony Keller says the driver, a woman …
Troopers: Child hit by car, airlifted to hospitalWYFF Greenville
Juvenile pedestrian hit in Greenville CountyGreenville News

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Truth Check: Greenville County’s proposed ‘penny sales tax’ increase – WYFF Greenville

WYFF Greenville
Truth Check: Greenville County's proposed 'penny sales tax' increase
WYFF Greenville
The two organizations providing financial support for the "vote no" campaign are Americans for Prosperity South Carolina, a limited-government advocacy group, and the Republican Liberty Caucus, a group opposed to tax hikes of any kind. When would the …
Mixed results for penny tax votes across S.C.Greenville News
Councilman: 1% tax opponents part of larger agendaGSA Business
Mayor White sees referendum as next step in Greenville's growthGreenville

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Greer teen dies in Greenville County wreck – Greenville News

Greenville News
Greer teen dies in Greenville County wreck
Greenville News
Rybikowsky was driving westbound in a 2005 Honda Civic when it went off the road and struck a tree, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Rybikowsky, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene, Lance Cpl. David Jones …
Car crashes into tree, killing teenagerWYFF Greenville

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Fitch Rates Greenville County, SC’s GOs ‘AAA’; Outlook Stable – Business Wire (press release)

Fitch Rates Greenville County, SC's GOs 'AAA'; Outlook Stable
Business Wire (press release)
STRONG FISCAL OVERSIGHT: Greenville County's 'AAA' GO rating is supported by its exceptional financial management, consistent surplus operating results, sizable reserve levels and ample balance sheet liquidity. DIVERSE AND BROAD ECONOMIC …

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Man shot outside Greenville County home as girlfriend watches – WYFF Greenville

WYFF Greenville
Man shot outside Greenville County home as girlfriend watches
WYFF Greenville
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. —A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting Monday, according to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office. More News. Social Media Listening lab sees… Clemson gets past LSU · Gamecock team receives #1 ranking · Deputies: 2 …

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Greenville County candidates – Greenville News

Greenville News
Greenville County candidates
Greenville News
I approve a special sales and use tax in the amount of one percent (1%) to be imposed in Greenville County, South Carolina for not more than eight (8) years or until a total of $673,193,630 in sales tax revenue has been collected, whichever occurs first.

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