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Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center

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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.

Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

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Location and Map:


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


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

Facebook group:  Greenwood South Carolina Family History Center


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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

Holiday Schedule:

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

Calendar and Events[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Events[edit | edit source]

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:
  • 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 Learn more at the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society website.

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

Class Schedule[edit | edit source]

  • 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:

Staff Training Meetings[edit | edit source]

Center Resources[edit | edit source]

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  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • 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[edit | edit source]

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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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • One-on-one Assistance with you family history research
  • 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[edit | edit source]

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
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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

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

Links[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

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

More Resources[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.