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'''Pickens County, South Carolina''' genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.
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[[Image:{{AndrewPickens}}]]The county is named after S.C. Congressman {{wpd|Andrew_Pickens_(congressman)}} (1739-1817). <ref>{{wpd|List of counties in South Carolina}}</ref>  
  
 
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[http://www.mysouthcarolinagenealogy.com/sc-maps.html "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps"] (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on [http://www.goldbug.com/store/animap3.html AniMap 3.0] software.  
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Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Pickens County:  
 
Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Pickens County:  
  
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|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Pickens County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts''' <ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>  
 
|+ '''Tracing Land&nbsp;Currently in Pickens County with&nbsp;Parent Counties and Districts''' <ref>Schweitzer, George K. , ''South Carolina Genealogical Research'' (Knoxville, Tennessee: s.p. 1985), 39-42, {{FHL|425402|item|disp=FHL book 975.7 D27s}}</ref>  
 
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::- Company C (also known as the Spartan Rangers, the Spartanburg Rangers and the Spartan Rangers Independent Cavalry Reserves)  
 
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:- [[37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)|37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate)]]. Company B.<ref>J.L. Scott, ''36th and 37th Battalions Virginia Cavalry'' (Lynchburg, Va.: H.E. Howard, 1986). {{FHL|576978|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 M2vr v. 24}}.</ref>
  
 
*Sons of Confederate Veterans, [http://www.scv71.org/index.htm 2nd South Carolina Regiment Pickens Camp 71 web site], has Pickens District regimental histories, war dead, company rosters, and other helps for genealogists.  
 
*Sons of Confederate Veterans, [http://www.scv71.org/index.htm 2nd South Carolina Regiment Pickens Camp 71 web site], has Pickens District regimental histories, war dead, company rosters, and other helps for genealogists.  
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Pickens County, South Carolina genealogy and family history research guide. Introduces you to county topics such as vital record births, marriages, divorces, and deaths, census, court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.

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Pickens County, South Carolina
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Map of South Carolina highlighting Pickens County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 20, 1826
County Seat Pickens
Courthouse

Contents

Quick Dates

Pickens County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915 1911 1915 1830 1828 1829

County Courthouse

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Pickens County Courthouse
214 E. Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671

Clerk of Court
214 E. Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864-898-5857
Court records

Probate Court
222 McDaniel Ave., B-16
Pickens, SC 29671 29671
Phone: 864-898-5903
Probate and marriage records

Register of Deeds
222 McDaniel AVe., B-5
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: 864-898-5868
Land records

Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Historical Facts

[[Image:Andrew_Pickens.jpg|thumb|right|300px|S.C. Congressman Andrew Pickens (1739-1817)

[[]]The county is named after S.C. Congressman Andrew_Pickens_(congressman) (1739-1817). [1]

Parent County

20 December 1826 - Pickens County was created from Pendleton District. [2]

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.

Resources

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Research Guides

African Americans

United States African Americans go to South Carolina African Americans

  • Megginson, W.J. Black Soldiers in World War I: Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties, South Carolina; with a Discussion of Pensions for Civil War Slave Labor. Seneca, S.C.: Oconee County Historical Society, 1994. FHL Book 975.72 M2m
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell. 1850 Federal Slave Census of Pickens District, South Carolina Eastern Division (Present-day Pickens County). Central, S.C.: G.A. Sheriff, 1991. FHL Book 975.723 X2s 1850
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell. 1860 Federal Slave Census of Pickens District, South Carolina 5th Regiment (Present-day Pickens County). Central, S.C.: G.A. Sheriff, 1989. FHL Book 975.723 X2s 1860
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell, Parcho Baker and Forest Acres Elementary School (Easley, S.C.). Black History in Pickens District, South Carolina. 2 vols. Easley, S.C.: Forest Acres Elementary School, 1991-1993. FHL Book 975.723 F2b v. 1-2

Known plantations South Carolina Plantations:

  • Cedar Rock
  • Fort Hill - Clemson University
  • Hanover - house originally in Berkeley County
  • Hopewell
  • Keowee
  • Orchard
  • Sleepy Hollow - Pendleton
  • Wisteria - Pickens

Cemeteries

There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Pickens County, South Carolina Cemeteries.

Census

Federal
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 14,473
1840 14,356 −0.8%
1850 16,904 17.7%
1860 19,639 16.2%
1870 10,269 −47.7%
1880 14,389 40.1%
1890 16,389 13.9%
1900 19,375 18.2%
1910 25,422 31.2%
1920 28,329 11.4%
1930 33,709 19.0%
1940 37,111 10.1%
1950 40,058 7.9%
1960 46,030 14.9%
1970 58,956 28.1%
1980 79,292 34.5%
1990 93,894 18.4%
2000 110,757 18.0%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Pickens County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See Pickens County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1830
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell and Tom C. Wilkinson. Pickens Distict, S.C. 1830 Census. Central, S.C.: Faith Clayton Family Research Center, 1988. FHL Book 975.723 X2s 1830
1840
  • Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell. Pickens District, S.C. 1840 Census. Central, S.C.: Faith Clayton Family Research Center, 1986. FHL Collection 975.723 X2s 1840
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Book 973 X2pc 1840; Film 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, Pickens District on page 143.]
1850
  • Dodson, Robert George. Pickens District South Carolina, Eastern Division 1850 Census. Central, S.C.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Pendleton Chapter, 1995. FHL Book 975.723 X2d 1850
1860

Census takers uncharacteristically recorded the birth town or county of residents of the Fifth Regiment of the county this census year.[4]

1890

For 1890, see: United States Census 1890.

Church History and Records

Court Records

Pickens County has court records from 1823 that are held in the office of the Clerk of Court. Pickens County was created from Pendleton County which was a part of the Washington District from 1795 - 1800 and a part of the Ninety-Six District from 1785 - 1795. Pendleton County was abolished in 1826 and the records were transferred to Anderson County. The records of  Anderson County are held in the office of the Clerk of Court for that county. The records for the Ninety-Six District courts are housed in Abbeville County with the Clerk of Court.

The South Carolina Archives and History Center has court records available on microfilm for Pickens County and Pendleton District.

The Family History Library collection includes books and microfilm regarding court records for Pickens County and for Anderson County.

DNA

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DNA has been collected from men claiming descent from the following Charleston County residents. FamilySearch has not independently verified the lineages of those tested.

Genealogy

More than 10 genealogies have been published about Pickens County families. To view a list, visit Pickens County, South Carolina Genealogy.

History

Land and Property

Because of South Carolina’s history as an agricultural state many residents owned land. For more information about types of land records see South Carolina Land and Property.

Tracing records through South Carolina county and district changes can be difficult. In general, for earliest records begin by searching the Charleston District, then your ancestor’s residential district, then neighboring districts, then the residential county, then neighboring counties. Not all districts and counties kept records. The following chart shows where you may best expect to find land records for Pickens County:

Tracing Land Currently in Pickens County with Parent Counties and Districts [5]
Date Government Office  
1868-present Pickens County
1826-1868 Pickens District
1800-1826 Pendleton District
1795-1800 Pendleton County in Washington District
1789-1795 Pendleton County in Ninety-Six District
1769-1789 Ninety-Six District
1719-1769 Charleston District
1710-1719 Proprietary Land Grants
 

* Anderson County deeds include the records of former Pendelton District/County

  • Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868 For information about the State Land Grants, see State Land Grants

Maps

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Pickens County for European settlers included:[6]

Early migration routes to and from Pickens County for European settlers included:[7]

Military History and Records

Revolutionary War
  • "John and Frances Cobb war record, SC," Old Pendleton District Newsletter, September 2007, Volume 21, Issue 7. Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Easley, SC.
  • "Selected final pension vouchers index, 1818-1864," Old Pendleton District Newsletter, March 2006, Volume 20, Issue 3. Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Easley, SC.
  • "Revolutionary patriots and Confederates buried at Old Stone Church," Anderson Record, April 2005, Volume 18, Issue 2. Anderson County Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Anderson, SC.
  • "Siege of the town of Ninety-Six, 1775," St. Lucie River Whig, Winter 2001, Volume 10, Issue 1. St. Lucie River Chapter: Lucie, FL.
  • "Matthew Mullinax, patriot, d. 1837," Old Pendleton District Newsletter, September 1999, Volume 13, Issue 7. Old Pendleton District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society: Easley, SC.
  • "Old Pickens cemetery, Rev. soldiers burials," Piedmont Historical Society Quarterly, July 1984, Volume 2, Issue 3. Piedmont Historical Society: Spartansburg, SC.
War of 1812
  • List of Pensioners on the Roll, January 1, 1883; Giving the Name of Each Pensioner, the Cause for Why Pensioned, the Post-Office Address, the Rate of Pension Per Month, and the Date of Original Allowance... Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883. FHL Book 973 M2Lp v. 5; digital versions at Google Books and Internet Archive. [See Vol. 5, South Carolina, Pickens County, p. 188. Identifies War of 1812 veterans living in this county in 1883.]
Civil War

Civil War service men from Pickens County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were formed in Pickens County or from many of its men.

- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company F
- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company B
- Company C
- Company E
- 1st Battalion, South Carolina Sharpshooters
- Company A - (also known the Union Light Infantry and German Fusiliers)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company F (also known as Allen (or Ellen) Hussars)
- Company K (had been Company D of 1st South Carolina Cavalry Battalion)
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)
- Company D
- 1st Regiment, South Carolina Rifles (Orr's)
-Company A (also known as Kowee Riflemen)
-Company C (also known as Mountain Boys)
-Company E (also known as Oconee Riflemen)
-Company F (also known as Blue Ridge Rifles)
- 2nd Battalion, South Carolina Reserves
- Company C (also known as the Spartan Rangers, the Spartanburg Rangers and the Spartan Rangers Independent Cavalry Reserves)
- Company F
- Company H (also known as Captain Kay's Detachment, South Carolina Mounted Reserves and the Palmetto Mounted Infantry)
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina State Troops Junior Reserves (State Militia)
- Company I
- Captain J.C. Cary's Company
- Captain Thomas H. Russell's Company
- Captain Daniel Lester's Company
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Rifles
- Company B
- Company C
- Company D
- Company E
- Company F
- Company H
- Company I
- Company K
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Militia
- 2nd Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company F (also known as Easley's Cavalry)
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company A  (possibly called Captain Easley's Company)
- 3rd Battalion, South Carolina Light Artillery (Palmetto Battalion)
- Company G  (also known as the DeSaussure Light Artillery and the DePass Light Battery)
- Company K  (also known as Richardson's Company)
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Rutledge's)
- Company C
- 4th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company E (also known as Calhoun Mountaineers)
- Company H (also known as Twelve Mile Volunteers)
- Company I (also known as Pickens Guards)
- Company K (sometimes listed as Company I) (also known as Fort Hill Guards)
- 5th Battalion, South Carolina Rifles
- Company B
- Company C
- Company D
- Company E
- 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry (Aiken's Partisan Rangers) (1st Partisan Rangers)
- Company A
- Company H
- Company K
- 7th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry ,
- Company G
- 10th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry
- Company B
- 12th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry,
- Company G
- Company K
-13th Battalion, South Carolina Infantry (4th) (Mattison's)
- Company C
- 16th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry (Greenville Regiment)
- Company G
- 16th Battalion, South Carolina Cavalry,
- Company A
- 20th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry
- Company K
- Reorganized Company A
- 37th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry (Dunn's Battalion, Partisan Rangers) (Confederate). Company B.[8]
  • Sons of Confederate Veterans, 2nd South Carolina Regiment Pickens Camp 71 web site, has Pickens District regimental histories, war dead, company rosters, and other helps for genealogists.
  • Books about Pickens Co., SC in the War Between the States, (accessed 25 Mar 2011).  This list of books pertaining to the War Between the States in Pickens County was compiled by Steve Batson.
  • Bell, Louise Matheson. Rebels in Grey: Soldiers from Pickens District, 1861-1865 ( Seneca, S.C.: Greys of Oconee Chapter No. 1783, United Daughters of the Confederacy, ©1984), 172 pages. Concerns Pickens and Oconee Counties. WorldCat 11859701.
  • Pickens County Court. Confederate Pension Rolls and Widows, 1922-1956. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1956, 1960) Original and typescript at the Pickens County courthouse. 2 FHL Microfilms (1) Pension rolls 1922-1956, (2) Miscellaneous pension rolls. FHL 24324-24325
Militia
  • Holder, Frederick C.; South Carolina (State) Militia, 2nd Regiment; South Carolina (State) Militia, 5th Regiment; Oconee County Historical Society (Oconee County, South Carolina). The Bailey A. Barton Muster Roll Book of Pickens District, South Carolina [1858]. Seneca, S.C.: Oconee County Historical Society, 1990. FHL Book 975.723 M2b, film 1697757 Item 12. Reviewed in The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 91, No. 4 (Oct. 1990):280-281. Digital version of review at JSTOR ($). [Covers present Pickens and Oconee counties.]

Newspapers

Historic

The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Pickens County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.

Periodicals

go to Periodicals for description.

Probate Records

Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[9] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name, and images are available. Estate records for Pickens County, 1828-1865 available on microfilm, with an index that covers 1828-1956.

Probate records for Pickens County may be found in the court of ordinary, probate court, and the court of equity. Estate records for the probate court, 1829-1884, available on microfilm through the Family History Library, with an index covering 1828-1956. FHL Film 24299

Early probate records for Pickens County may be found in Anderson District records. See probate index for these early records at:

  • Judy Chandler Ballard. W.P.A. will transcripts of Pendleton District & Anderson County, S.C., 1790-1857. Walterboro, South Carolina: J.C. Ballard, [1995?]. FHL Book 975.72 P2b
  • Pickens County Wills, Book A, 1828-1863 (transcripts). See names of testators. South Carolina Pioneers
  • Index to Pickens County Wills, 1828-1862 South Carolina Pioneers

Taxation

Tax-related records are kept by the offices of the county Assessor, Auditor, Sheriff, and Treasurer. Taxes were levied on real and personal property and can help establish ages, residences, relationships, and the year an individual died or left the area. They can be used as substitutes for missing or destroyed land and census records.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History tax lists for Pickens County.
Published abstracts
  • [1854] Vedder, Edwin Henry et al. Pickens District 1854 Tax List. n.p.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Pendleton Chapter, 1988. FHL Book 975.723 R42p
  • [1854] Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell. 1854 Tax Collection, Pickens District, SC. Central, S.C.: G.A. Sheriff, 2002. FHL Book 975.72 R4s

To see how the Civil War financially impacted residents of Pickens County, South Carolina, compare values of real and personal estates on the 1860 Census with 1864-1867 tax records:

  • [1864-1866] Sheriff, G. Anne Campbell. Internal Revenue Assessment List for South Carolina, 1864-1866, Pickens District. Central, S.C.: G.A. Sheriff, 2005. FHL Book 975.72 R4si
  • [1865] Internal Revenue Assessment, 1865, Old Pendleton District Newsletter, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Mar. 2009).
  • [1866-1867] Rich, Peggy Burton and Margarette Gibbs Ogle. Pickens District, South Carolina 1866 Tax List, January 1, 1866- January 1, 1867. n.p.: South Carolina Genealogical Society. Old Pendleton Chapter, 1991. FHL Book 975.72 R4r

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.

Birth

State-wide birth registration began in 1915.  For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Pickens County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Birth Substitutes - Indexes

Marriage

In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The Pickens County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriage Substitutes - Indexes

Death

State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The Pickens County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Archives, Libraries and Museums

Pickens County Library System

Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library
304 Biltmore Road
Easley, South Carolina 29640
Telephone: Headquarters: 864-850-7077 Reference: ext 112
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00am-9:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm, Sun 2:00pm-6:00pm
Collection: The Mary Oates Gregorie Historical Room houses a non-circulating collection of local family histories, newspapers, photographs and other genealogy and history resources.

The Pickens County Library System has three additional branches:

  • Central-Clemson Regional Branch
105 Commons Way
Central, SC 29630
Telephone: 864-639-2711
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9:00am-9:00pm, Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 9:00am-4:00pm, Sun 2:30pm-5:30pm

  • Sarlin Community Branch
15 S. Palmetto Street
Liberty, SC 29657
Telephone: 864-843-5805
Hours: Mon 10:00am-7:00pm, Tues-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-2:00pm

  • Village Branch
124 N. Catherine Street
Pickens, SC 29671
Telephone: 864-898-5747
Hours: Mon and Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm, Tues, Wed, Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm

Clemson University Libraries

116 Sigma Drive
Clemson, SC 29634

Telephone: 864-656-3027 or 877-886-2389 (tollfree)

Southern Wesley University

Rickman Library
P.O. Box 1020
907 Wesleyan Drive
Central, SC 29630-1020

Pendleton District Commission Research Room and Special Collections

PO Box 565
120 History Lane (temporarily)
Pendleton, SC 29670
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Collection: Local and family history books, genealogical reference materials, cemetery surveys, periodicals, photographs, and both family and local history files, correspondence, business records, family bibles, and scrapbooks for Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Research Guides

Societies

Old Pendleton District South Carolina Genealogical Society Chapter

P.O. Box 603
Central SC 29630-0603
E-mail: claytonroom@swi.edu
Old Pendleton District included Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Pickens County Historical Society

P.O. Box 775
Pickens, SC 29671
E-mail: pickenscohistory@gmail.com

Family History Centers

Websites

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Pickens County, South Carolina

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