Greenwood County, South Carolina Genealogy

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Greenwood County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Greenwood County
Location in the state of South Carolina
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Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1897
County Seat Greenwood

Quick Dates

Greenwood County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911  1915  1900  1897    1897

County Courthouse


Greenwood County Courthouse
528 Monument Street
Greenwood, SC 29646

Greenwood County Clerk of Court
528 Monument St., Room 114
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: 864-942-8546
Court and land records

Greenwood County Probate Court
528 Monument St., Room 205
Greewood, SC 29646
Phone: 864-942-8625
Probate and marriage records

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


The county is named after Greenwood Plantation.[1]

Parent County

1897--Greenwood County was created 2 March 1897 from Abbeville and Edgefield Counties.
County seat: Greenwood [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


Populated Places

Aix (hist.) Dyson Laco (hist.) Rushville
Algary (hist.) Epworth Lake Shores Salak
Blakedale Friendship Lorenzo (hist.) Saluca
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
Coronaca Harris Phoenix Wade Heights
Cothran (hist.) Hodges Pinehurst Ware Shoals
Dalewood Irvines Landing Pittsburg Whitehall
Dominicks (hist.) Jones (hist.) Promised Land
Downs Siding Kirksey Rosa (hist.)

Neighboring Counties

Abbeville | Edgefield | Laurens | McCormick | Newberry | Saluda


Research Guides

African Americans

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There are more than 25 burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see Greenwood County, South Carolina Cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 28,343
1910 34,225 20.8%
1920 35,791 4.6%
1930 36,078 0.8%
1940 40,083 11.1%
1950 41,628 3.9%
1960 44,346 6.5%
1970 49,686 12.0%
1980 57,847 16.4%
1990 59,567 3.0%
2000 66,271 11.3%
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.


Greenwood County Churches identifies dozens of churches in the area, courtesy: South Carolina Genealogical Society.



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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.


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]


As of August 2010, a query for persons born in Greenwood, South Carolina at World Connect, produces more than 3,500 results.

Surname indexes to Leonardo Andrea's Files | Folders | Resources are available online, courtesy: The Andrea Files: South Carolina Genealogical Research. Gotoarrow.png 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 ($).

Message Boards


  • [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.

Local Histories

  • 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.
Revolutionary War
  • "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.
Civil War
  • 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


  Greenwood County Obituary Index


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.


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


South Carolina Genealogical Records: Volume 1, Abbeville County and parts of Greewood and McCormick Counties by Elizabeth Wood Thomas. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Willo Publishing Co., C1964. FHL Book 975.73 P2t  Includes will book l (1787-1809), will book II (1815-1839) and index to equity records, 1791-1906.


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.


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 Greenwood 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.


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 Greenwood County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to June 1950 and after October 2009. 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.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes and Records

  • 1777-1852 - Abbeville District, South Carolina Marriages, 1777-1852 by S. Emmett Lucas, Jr. [4] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1846-1860 - Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 bu E. Don Herd, Jr; Ann B. Herd [5] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1911-1950 - Greenwood County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, 1911-1950 [6] FHL Collection - index and records
  • There are several online marriage indexes containing miscellaneous marriage records found in  some counties of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

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 Greenwood 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

  • 1846-1860 - Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860 bu E. Don Herd, Jr; Ann B. Herd [7] FHL Collection WorldCat - index
  • 1914-1960 - State-wide South Carolina Death Indexes. There are several online death indexes covering all of South Carolina listed on the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Archives, Libraries, and Museums



Greenwood County Library
106 N. Main St.
Greenwood, SC 29646
Telephone: 864-941-4650
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
Telephone: 864-543-4749
Hours: Monday  9am-7:30pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5:30pm

Ware Shoals Community Library
54 South Greenwood Ave.
Ware Shoals, SC 29692
Telephone: 864-456-2813
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
Phone: 864-223-0937
Hours: Tues 9am-12pm; 2-5pm Wed 6pm-9pm; Thurs 9am-12pm;
Closed: Week of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Other holidays

Web Sites

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


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  4. Lucas, Jr., S. Emmett, Abbeville District, South Carolina Marriages, 1777-1852, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, c1979.
  5. Herd, Jr., E. Don, Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860, [S.l.: s.n.], c1980.
  6. South Carolina, Probate Court (Greenwood County), Greenwood County, South Carolina Marriage Licenses, 1911-1950, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2003.
  7. Herd, Jr., E. Don, Marriage and Death Notices from the Abbeville Banner, 1846-1860, [S.l.: s.n.], c1980.