Greenwood County, South Carolina Genealogy
|Greenwood County, South Carolina|
Location in the state of South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
|Founded||March 2, 1897|
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places/Localities
- 5 Resources
- 5.1 Research Guides
- 5.2 African Americans
- 5.3 Cemeteries
- 5.4 Census
- 5.5 Church
- 5.6 Court
- 5.7 DNA
- 5.8 Genealogy
- 5.9 Land
- 5.10 Local Histories
- 5.11 Maps
- 5.12 Military
- 5.13 Newspapers
- 5.14 Periodicals
- 5.15 Probate
- 5.16 Taxation
- 5.17 Vital Records
- 6 Archives, Libraries, and Museums
- 7 Societies
- 8 Family History Centers
- 9 Web Sites
- 10 References
Greenwood County's civil records start the following years:
Greenwood County Courthouse
528 Monument Street
Greenwood, SC 29646
Greenwood County Clerk of Court
528 Monument St., Room 114
Greenwood, SC 29646
Court and land records
Greenwood County Probate Court
528 Monument St., Room 205
Greewood, SC 29646
Probate and marriage records
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
The county is named after Greenwood Plantation.
"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.
|Aix (hist.)||Dyson||Laco (hist.)||Rushville|
|Algary (hist.)||Epworth||Lake Shores||Salak|
|Bradley||Gaines Crossroads||Lota||Sheppard Crossroads|
|Breezewood||Godsey||Mathews Heights||Shoals Junction|
|Bullock (hist.)||Greenwood||Mathews Village||South Greenwood|
|Callison||Greenwood Shores||New Market||Stony Point|
|Cambridge||Greenwood Village||Ninety Six||Troy|
|Cokesbury||Grendel Village||Panola Village||Verdery|
|Cothran (hist.)||Hodges||Pinehurst||Ware Shoals|
|Dominicks (hist.)||Jones (hist.)||Promised Land|
|Downs Siding||Kirksey||Rosa (hist.)|
- South Carolina Archives Summary Guide: Greenwood County, available online, courtesy: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
CemeteriesThere are more than 25 burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Greenwood County, South Carolina Cemeteries.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Greenwood 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.
It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:
- Locate publications about direct ancestors
- Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
- Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Learn more.
- Watson, Margaret J., Harry Legare Watson, and Louise M. Watson. Greenwood County Sketches: Old Roads and Early Families. Greenwood, S.C.: Attic Press, 1982. FHL 975.733 D2w 1982; digital version at World Vital Records ($).
- Greenwood County, SC Family History and Genealogy Message Board (Ancestry)
- Greenwood County, SC Genealogy Forum (GenForum)
- [Dorn] Wood, Willie Mae G. Old Families of McCormick County, South Carolina and Dorn Families of Edgefield, Greenwood and McCormick Counties. 2 vols. 1982. FHL 975.736 D2w v. 1
Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868
This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification. All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants
The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.
Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.
- Greenwood County: A History by Ann Herd Bowen, Greenwood, S.C.: The Museum, 1992
- Bowen, Anne Herd. Greenwood County : a History (Greenwood, South Carolina : The Museum, 1992, c1992, Kingsport, Tennessee : Arcata Graphics) , 400 pages. Concerns the very earliest people, institutions, and events. Book found at FHL 975.733 H2b and Other Libraries.
- "Coronacco State Guards, 1833," Genealogical Roots and Branches, Winter 2001, Volume 22, Issue 4. Old Ninety-Six Chapter, SCGS : Greenwood, SC.
- "Battle of Ninety Six note," SAR Magazine, Winter 2001, Volume 95, Issue 3. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution : Louisville, KY. FHL Collection Book 973 B2sa.
- "Veterans list, (sel.)," Genealogical Roots and Branches, Winter 2001, Volume 22, Issue 4. Old Ninety-Six Chapter, SCGS : Greenwood, SC.
- "War in back country," Periodical: Journal of America's Military Past, Fall 1996, Volume 23, Issue 3. Council on America's Military Past : Ft. Myer, VA.
- Eaton, Lafayette Claud. Butler Guards : Company B, 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment, Confederate States army (Vallejo, Calif. : L.C. Eaton, 1996?), 151 pages. Civil War pages. Includes index. Includes the final roll call of the original Butler Guards present at the surrender at Greensboro.The Butler Guards were originally a South Carolina state militia that became the core of Company B of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry Regiment. They later became a part of the United Confederate Veterans. Book found at FHL975.727 M2e
The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for Greenwood 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.
- Greenwood Daily Journal (Greenwood, S.C.) 1911-1919.
- News and Views (Greenwood, S.C.) 1903-1906.
- The Baptist Press (Greenwoood, S.C.) 1905-1907.
- The Evening Index (Greenwood, S.C.) 1918-1919.
- The Greenwood Herald (Greenwood, S.C.) 1938-19??.
- The Greenwood Index (Greenwood, S.C.) 1897-1???.
- The Greenwood Index (Greenwood, S.C.) 1897-1918.
- The Greenwood Journal (Greenwood, S.C.) 1894-1911.
- The Greenwood Light (Greenwood, S.C.) 1885-1886.
- The Greenwood Plain Dealer (Greenwood, S.C.) 1939-1949.
- The Greenwood Times (Greenwood, S.C.) 1889-1890.
- The Greenwood Tribune (Greenwood, S.C.) 1885-1890.
- The Greenwood Tribune (Greenwood, S.C.) 1934-19??.
- The Index-Journal (Greenwood, S.C.) 1919-current.
- The Mill Visitor (Greenwood, S.C.) 1916-19??.
- The News Scimiter (Greenwood, S.C.) 1911-1913.
- The Ninety-Six Guardian (Ninety-Six, S.C.) 1877-1879.
- The Ninety-Six Herald (Ninety-Six, S.C.) 1876-187?.
- The Ninety Six Star and County Review (Ninety Six, S.C.) 1981-1985.
- The Observer (Ware Shoals, S.C.) 1981-current.
- The Saluda Argus (Greenwood, S.C.) 1881-1884.
- The South Carolina Baptist (Greenwood, S.C.) 1897-1905.
- The Star and County Review (Ninety Six, S.C.) 1985-current.
Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:
- Genealogical Roots and Branches
Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Greenwood County Library
106 N. Main St.
Greenwood, SC 29646
Hours: Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p. m., Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Ninety Six Branch Library
118 Cambridge St. South
Ninety Six, SC 29666
Hours: Monday 9am-7:30pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5:30pm
Ware Shoals Community Library
54 South Greenwood Ave.
Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Hours: Monday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
South Carolina Digital Library (SCDL) is a collaborative effort that includes South Carolina’s schools, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Collaborating groups are encouraged to create, maintain, and promote digital collections that represent South Carolina's historical and cultural resources. A number of Greenwood County items are in the collection. To see images from Greenwood County, Click Here.
Old 96 Chapter SCGS
P.O. Box 3468
Greenwood SC 29648-3468
Old 96 Chapter covers Greenwood, Abbeville and part of Edgefield and McCormick Counties.
Family History Centers
Greenwood South Carolina
1417 Cokesbury Rd
Greenwood, Greenwood, South Carolina, United States
Hours: Tues 9am-12pm; 2-5pm Wed 6pm-9pm; Thurs 9am-12pm;
Closed: Week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Other holidays
- Greenwood County, SCGenWeb
- Family History Library Catalog
- Greenwood County, South Carolina Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).