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The Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center services patrons researching their genealogy who live in Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry and other surrounding counties. Patrons with ancestry from the area who live in any part of the country can receive help via e-mail or Facebook. On 2 March 1897, Greenwood County was created from Abbeville and Edgefield Counties. Prior to 1785, the area was part of Ninety-Six District.

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Center Contacts and Hours

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Location and Map:


Address:

  • 1417 Cokesbury Rd Greenwood SC 29648 United States
  • Language:English


Phone:

  • 1-864-223-0937 (Main number to building. If no answer, call 864-337-7931)


Facebook group:  Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center

E-mail:  SC_Greenwood@ldsmail.net

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A family history consultation is provided for each patron to identify useful resources and helpful training. Also, the center is run by volunteer staff and is subject to closures.

Please make an appointment to ensure someone is available to assist you: (864) 337-7931

Open Hours:

  • Mon 12pm-4pm
  • Wed 1pm-8pm (Closed every third Wednesday of the month)
  • Sat 11am-4pm
  • Sun 8am-9:30am and 1:30pm-4pm

A family history consultation is provided for each patron to identify useful resources and helpful training.  Also, the center is run by volunteer staff and is subject to closures. Please make an appointment to ensure someone is available to assist you: (864) 337-7931.

Closures:

Saturday, March 4, 2015

Sunday,  March 5, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (Building cleaning)

Monday, April 27 to Wednesday April 29, 2015 (Parking lot inaccessible due to resealing)

Saturday, May 16, 2015 (Stake Conference)

Sunday, May 17, 2015 (Stake Conference)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday, July 12, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015 (General Conference)

Sunday, October 4, 2015 (General Conference)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Holiday Schedule:

Closed all major holidays: Closed the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years (also other holidays)

Purpose

As of September 2014, there are more than 4,700 FHCs in 134 countries. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center or FamilySearch Library. They are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Find a family history center near you.

The Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center is a branch of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah (United States). Our goal is to provide resources to assist you in the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:

  • Giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons to help all patrons readily identify and link their ancestors
  • Providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program
  • Offering free classes on how to use FamilySearch.org and other websites, research, and preserve your family's memories.
  • Providing discovery and fun experiences for family members of all ages.

Guidelines for Visiting the Center

Bring as much information as you have about the ancestor you wish to research, including available birth, marriage and death information. Start entering what you know on a Family Group Record. Staff can help you enter that information on Family Tree at FamilySearch.org, and staff can help you find identiify and locate infoormation that you are missing.

Group visits

The center staff are pleased to host a free presentation on FamilySearch.org for your group or organization.  Please schedule at least one month in advance. 

Member patrons

Patrons who are members of the Church are encouraged to follow the "Find, Take, Teach" goal for this year. Part of this objective is to fill out the online version of the My Family Booklet. At the center, we are encouraging you to complete a printed copy and keep it with you.  It is a great way to invite family members and friends to begin doing their family history. Please stop by the center on Sunday to learn more.

Basic Rules

  • 'Please do not bring food or drink in 'the center, however, if you want to bring food our drink, you are welcome to use one of the adjoining rooms. 
  • Please keep cell phones in silent mode while in the center. Please step outside of the center to take calls.
  • LDS Account or FamilySearch Account Registration: Register for one prior to your visit. This can be done by going here.
  • Personal Family History Information: Please bring as much family information as possible.  If you feel comfortable, you can start building your family tree before your first visit. See Getting Started.
  • Specific Goal or Objective to Accomplish: Have an idea or goal, before you arrive of what you would like to accomplish during the visit to the Center.

Calendar and Events

Upcoming Events

Local Events:

  • Family History Discovery Day - Workshops and activities for all ages! Saturday, May 9, 2015.
    Greenville South Carolina Family History Center
    1301 Boiling Springs RD Greer SC 29650
    Call: 864-627-0553 or e-mail: SC_Greenville@ldsmail.net
  • South Carolina Genealogical Society Summer Workshop - Held at the archives in Columbia on the second weekend in July. See South Carolina Genealogical Society website to learn more.
  • Southern Studies Showcase - The Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and Edgefield Civic League are hosting the Southern Studies Showcase in Edgefield on September 18 and 19, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tonya Guy at 803-637-4010 or OEDGS85@gmail.com. Learn more at the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society website.

Events at the Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center: (Coming Soon!)

Class Schedule

  • Learning Center - Take a free Learning Center course from the comfort of your home. Browse hundreds of online genealogy courses to help you discover your family history.
  • Getting Started - Get started with your family history.
  • Please contact the center to request topics for a class. E-mail:  SC_Greenwood@ldsmail.net.

Staff Training Meetings

Family History Consultants

For training please see the classes offered and the online training at Family History Consultant training.


Center Resources

Discovery and Fun for the Whole Family

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You never need to worry about what your family will do at home when you come to the family history center. Bring everyone with you! Schedule special time for your entire family to have fun together with the activities that we have for all ages.  

  • Pre-school children can play games, color family history worksheets or paint with the assistance of parents, grandparents, or older cousins or siblings.
  • Youth can index, build their Family Tree, interview a family member, search for ancestors, or build a blog.
  • Parents can digitize scrapbooks, research online, create a fan chart, or collect ideas for family activities at home. 

There are too many possibilites to list here.  You can stop by to pick the activities that your family want to do, or contact the center to schedule family time.

Collections
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  • FamilySearch Catalog: Many historical records are going online, but not everything can be found there yet. Family History Center staff can also help you search the FamilySearch Catalog, or you can search it yourself before visiting the center. The FamilySearch Catalog is a catalog of the holdings of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the central library of FamilySearch which has been gathering genealogical records for over 115 years. Most of those records were recorded onto microfilm and microfiche. Copies of those 2.3 million rolls of microfilm and microfiche circulate to Family History Centers all over the world much like a public library’s inter-library loan system. The Family History Library's book and CD collections do not circulate. If you know what films or fiche you would like to order, you may want to bring a printed copy of the film description from the FamilySearch Catalog. This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog (more on microfilm ordering).
  • Greenwood County Probate Index 1895-1946
  • Greenwood County Newspaper Obituaries - Contact the center to locate an obituary in the Index-Journal.
  • Early Greenwood County Marriages from 1911 - Contact the center to document Greenwood County marriages.
  • Greenwood County Cemeteries - Contact the center for assistance in documenting an ancestor in a local cemetery.
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  • Microfiche - The center has a wealth of microfiche for localities in the US and for other countries.  A catalog of microfiche titles will be linked to this section when it is complete. Much information on microfiche is not accessible online. The incomplete list of microfiche has been linked here. Please feel free to contact the center about the locality you are researching, or make an appointment to stop by and browse the collection.

Databases and Software

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  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. Please reserve a center computer for one hour usage to ensure availabilty.

Premium sites available for free at the center:

Software that is free to use in the center:

Hardware and Equipment

Please free to bring your own laptop or mobile device when you visit the center. You may use the center's wifi.
  • Microfilm reader. Please bring your own digital camera to capture mircofilm images.
  • Desktop computers. You can access the Wifi at the center using your laptop or other mobile device.
  • Laser printer.

Center Services

Family Tree Training

Scanning Services

Bring your photos and documents to the center, and scan them directly to your Family Tree on FamilySearch.org.  You will need to enter your FamilySearch.org username and password to do this using our Lexmark MFP.  Be sure to make an appointment.

Online Film Ordering

  •  Online Film OrderingFamilySearch’s Microfilm Ordering service is your gateway to a vast collection of genealogical and historical records. The service allows you to reserve and loan films to family history centers and affiliate libraries. The loan is free, but there is a small shipping and handling charge for each film.

One-on-one Assistance with Your Family History Research 

Whatever your challenge is with family history, we will sit down with you one-on-one and guide you to finding resources to documenting an ancestor, or we will assist you in learning how to use today's family history technology.

Local Resources

  • Request a Courthouse Record Overview - Were your ancestors from Greenwood County?  Call the center to request an on site overview of marriages, probate, and land records at the Greenwood County Courthouse.  Apply the information you learn there to researching in other courthouses.
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  • Request a Greenwood County Library Genealogy Resource Overview - The Lawrence Genealogy and Local History Room at the Greenwood County Library has several resources that may be useful to you in documenting ancestors who lived in Greenwood County. The center staff would be happy to assist with putting you in touch with genealogy room volunteers at the library where you can learn about the resources available there such as:  newspapers, WPA histories, cemetery books, 1869 SC State Census, surname files, vertical files, local history books, and the city directories pictured below: 
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Please see Greenwood County Genealogy to learn more about other genealogy resources in Greenwood.

Staff Research Specialties

Family history center volunteer staff can assist in several areas: 

  • Family history consultations to determine needed research resources
  • Getting started with researching your family history
  • Overview of family history online databases and software
  • Researching naturalization and immigration
  • Researching at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History
  • Using manuscript collections in your research
  • Military records 
  • Vital records
  • Land records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Using archives and libraries
  • Courthouse research
  • Oral history interviewing
  • Photo editing
  • Newspaper research

Resources in the Local Area

Headquarters Branch
1407 N. Main Street
Abbeville, SC 29620
Phone: 864-459-4009
Fax: 864-459-0891

One-on-one help with genealogy research is provided
by Dr. Constance McNeill at the Abbeville Library on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Contact the library for more information about this service.

600 South Main Street Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone 864-941-4650 Fax 864-941-4651
Lawrence Genealogy and Local History Room
Please call for hours before you come to be sure that the room is open to the public. For hours, please call 864-941-4655.

   P. O. Box 12
   Abbeville, South Carolina 29620
   (864) 278-2884 or (864) 378-0772
   E-mail: abvcohs@gmail.com

    Phone (864) 388-8365
    Fax: (864) 388-8816
    Public Access

   Erskine College and Seminary
   P.O. Box 188
   1 Depot Street
   Due West, SC, 29639
   864-379-8784 (reference)
   877-876-4348 (toll free)
   library@erskine.edu

Genealogy Links


Volunteer at the Center

Looking for volunteers who are knowledgeable about conducting research online and in repositories. Must be available on Mon. or Sat. afternoon.

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