Greenwood County, South Carolina
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Greenwood County

Greenwood County was established on March 2, 1897 from Abbeville County and Edgefield County (originally part of the old Ninety Six District). The county was named in honor of Greenwood Plantation, the home of John McGee, the county's largest landowner .

The Greenwood County Seat is situated in Greenwood plus the county government website is www.greenwoodsc.gov

Areas adjacent to Greenwood County are Laurens County (north), Newberry County (northeast), Edgefield County (southeast), Saluda County (southeast), McCormick County (southwest), Abbeville County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Greenwood county include Greenwood, Hodges, Ninety Six, Troy, Ware Shoals.

Greenwood 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.

You can search online for Greenwood 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.

Greenwood County does have Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.

Greenwood County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Greenwood County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Greenwood County Courthouse and Government Records


Greenwood County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the significance of Greenwood County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in South Carolina courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the desires and worries of the many South Carolina men and women.

The chances are very good that your particular ancestors have left a detailed document of at least several aspects of their lives in the Greenwood County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below details shows what birth, marriage, death, property, probate, and legal records are typically in Greenwood county. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

I highly recommend you call the clerk's office to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics just before visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. The majority of employees will aid persons in locating the resources, however it is up to the particular person to complete the basic research.
  • Greenwood County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 528 Monument Street, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • Greenwood 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. Also 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: 864-942-8625
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1897
  • Greenwood County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds 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) 942-8546
    • Land Records: 1897
    • Court Records: 1897
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • Greenwood County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).
  • Greenwood 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.
    • Address: 1736 South Main Street, Greenwood, S.C. 29646
    • Phone: 864-942-3600
    • Birth Records / Death Records: 1915 (There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915)

Greenwood County Links

The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Greenwood 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. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Greenwood County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Greenwood Co. SC Books, Newspapers & Publications

Greenwood Co. SC Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Greenwood Co. SC Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Greenwood Co. SC Census Records

Greenwood Co. SC Cemeteries & Graveyards

Greenwood Co. SC Church & Bible Records

Greenwood Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Greenwood Co. SC General and History Websites

Greenwood Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

Greenwood Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Greenwood Co. SC Military Records

Greenwood Co. SC Schools & Directories

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