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Greenville County

When was Greenville County, SC Created?
Greenville County was established on March 22, 1786 from Washington District (Greenville District was created in 1786, but from 1791 to 1800 it was part of Washington District). The county was named in honor of Nathanael Greene, Revolutionary War general .

What is the County Seat of Greenville County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in Greenville plus the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Greenville County, SC?
Bordering counties are Henderson County, North Carolina (north), Polk County, North Carolina (northeast), Spartanburg County (east), Laurens County (southeast), Abbeville County (south), Anderson County (southwest), Pickens County (west), Transylvania County, North Carolina (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Greenville County, SC?
Cities and towns located in the county include Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Travelers Rest.

Greenville County, SC Vital Records

Where can find Greenville County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Greenville County vital records can be found at the South Carolina Department of Health has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in South Carolina for current fees and application process.

Greenville County Health Department has birth and death records from January 01, 1915. Marriage records prior to 1950 are available from the Probate Court office. Divorce records since April 1949 are available from the County Clerk's office. There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915

You can search online for Greenville County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for South Carolina Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Greenville County, SC Census Records

What Greenville County, SC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Greenville Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Greenville Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Greenville Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Greenville Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Greenville County, SC Courthouse and Government Records

Greenville County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Greenville County Courthouse?
The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Greenville county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

Old Greenville County Courthouse
  • Greenville County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 305 E. North Street, Greenville, South Carolina 29601
  • Greenville County Register of Deeds  records and maintain deeds, mortgages, plats, state and federal tax liens, mechanics liens, uniform commercial code filings, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
    • Phone: 864-467-7240
    • Land Records: 1784
  • Greenville County Clerk of Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.
    • Phone: 864-467-7571
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1787
  • Greenville County Clerk of Court is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record. The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court which handles juvenile and domestic cases.
    • Phone: 864-467-8551
    • Court Records: 1786
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Greenville County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

Greenville County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Greenville County, SC?
A list of Greenville County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other Greenville County, SC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Greenville County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Greenville County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Greenville Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Greenville Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Greenville Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Greenville Co. SC General and History Websites

Greenville Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Greenville Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Greenville Co. SC Military Records

Greenville Co. SC Schools & Directories

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