Monday, August 11, 2008

Greenville, SC Historical Records Search

I have added a link for the search page of the Greenville County Government website. This is a wonderful service that can be used to search thousands of images of original documents in the following six categories: Council Commissioners, Court of Common Pleas, Court of General Sessions, Probate Court, Register of Deeds, and Sheriff's Office; each of these categories has several subsets of types of documents. The years covered vary by category, but chances are, if you have ancestors in Greenville County, you can find something in at least one of these categories. After selecting the category, there is a view page box at the top; you can move through the images using the arrows or by entering a page number in the box and clicking on GO ... Some of the categories include indices to help you figure out which page a document pertaining to your ancestor may be found. Some of the images are quite old and difficult to read; for some of the wills, you may be able to find an image of the typescript of the will on the website for the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (the URL is; from there, click on "Research & Genealogy," then "On-Line Records Index," then "Search Page").  Some search results will indicate "Online images available." Clicking on that will bring up an image of the document. It's the next best thing to actually going to the courthouse or archives.  

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