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Genealogy and Local History

South Carolina Room

The South Carolina Room in the Hughes Main Library is staffed by experienced genealogists and has an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, microform, periodicals, databases, photographs, maps, and newspapers all searchable in our online catalog.

Drop in, submit a request, or schedule an hour for some one-on-one assistance.

South Carolina began recording birth and death certificates in 1915. There is a 100-year delay before birth certificates are public record, and a 50-year delay for death certificates.

Available at library in person or via Records Search Form:

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Research Guides
Our South Carolina Room genealogists have created these guides to help you get started with your research.
Online Resources
We’ve collected a number of online research tools, including library-provided research databases and staff-selected genealogy websites.
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GCLS Digital Collections
The Library System's historic images collections showcase the rich and varied history of Greenville and the Upstate of South Carolina. The materials displayed here include digitized items from the South Carolina Room's archive as well as letters and photographs from private collections whose owners have generously allowed the Library to digitize and make available these historically important resources.
Registry of Deeds
Greenville County Historical Records
Digitized records of Greenville County including deeds, estate records, and district court records. These are also available on microfilm in the South Carolina Room.
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South Carolina Digital Library
The South Carolina Digital Library is the central source of information from schools, museums, archives and libraries in South Carolina. A collaborative effort made by many institutions statewide, this project provides free digitized documents, including photos, manuscripts, maps and much more!
Digitize Greenville
Digitize Greenville
Greenville County Library System continues to build digital photo collections to preserve Greenville County’s rich history. Your photographs of schools, churches, businesses, neighborhoods and organizations are historic treasures that tell part of our story. We would love to scan them and return them to you during your visit with us. The Digitize Greenville initiative is ongoing and you may contact the South Carolina Room at scroom@greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-527-9212 for more information and to schedule an appointment.
Greenville Country Driving Tour of Historic Sites

In the print edition of the Greenville County Driving Tour of Historic Sites, we highlight some of Greenville's history as depicted in the stories of the places and individuals of local history. This full colored booklet is divided into a Northern Tour, a Downtown Tour, a Southern Tour plus a behind-the-scenes SC Room Tour of interesting archives. The Driving Tour can be purchased for $4.00 at any of our eleven library locations, the Friends Shop, SC Room, the Upcountry History Museum and the Greenville County Museum of Art.