***** UPDATE *****

We will not hold a meeting in July due to the Forth of July falling on the first Monday.
We plan to meet in August. The location for the August meeting will be the Anderson County Museum.  We will start at 6:00 PM.  The topic is the old Anderson County Farm and will be presented by Richard Otter.  No meal, but light snacks will be available.  This is not a business meeting.

 The Carolyn Duncan Research Center is currently open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and open by Appointment on other days, when we have volunteers to manage it.  Please call or email at least 7 days prior to your planned visit date, even for Tuesdays and Thursdays, to ensure that someone is available to open the Center.

Anyone exhibitting symtoms or who has tested positive recently for COVID is requested to not visit until at least 10 days after receiving a negative test result.  We are depending on your honesty and diligence to keep our volunteers and others safe.

NOTE: Effective May 01, 2021, we will be instituting a nominal charge for research that our volunteers do on your behalf. We have been doing this for free in hopes of getting a donation from the requestor, but unfortunately this does not always happen. Click HERE for costs.

Check here frequently for updates.

If you have research questions that we can help with, email us at or call 864‑540‑8300, leave a message, and someone will get back you in a few days to see how we may assist.

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Located in the
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110 Federal Street
Anderson, SC 29625-4363
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Old Anderson County Courthouse

Erected 1898 and Twice Renovated

Photo by: Philip Cheney


Anderson County and its county seat, Anderson, were named for Revolutionary War general Robert Anderson (1741-1812). This region was occupied by the Cherokee Indians until 1777, when it was ceded by treaty to the state. Part of the "Indian Land" became Pendleton District (also called Washington District at one time.) The area was given its present name in 1826, when Pendleton District was split into Anderson and Pickens. Most of the early settlers of this area were Scotch-Irish farmers who moved south from Pennsylvania and Virginia in the eighteenth century. The oldest town in the county is Pendleton, which was founded around 1790; it became a popular summer resort for low country planters in the nineteenth century. Some famous residents of Anderson County were United States senator and governor Olin D. Johnston (1896-1965), business leader Charles E. Daniel (1895-1964), and composer Lily Strickland (1884-1958). 

(Submitted by: SC State Library / Mary Morgan, 31-Mar-2008)

NOTE: We have a limited number of the SCGS Herald (43 Years) on USB drives ($25) and blank SCGS 8 Gb USB drives ($10) available in the Research Center.  Come visit the Center and pick a couple up while you are there.

Origins of Anderson Streets Names Project
Click Here

Volume 10 of Anderson County Cemeteries is now available.
It includes records for Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum 2006-2015
and Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Cost is $25.00.  See Publications for Sale

Parker-White-Pruitt Funeral Home - Ware Shoals 1942-1987 now available.
Cost is $28.00.  See Publications for Sale

3-Ring Binder Recipe Book from ACGS now available 
Cost is $15.00. (+ $6.50 shipping and handling if mailed)
Click HERE for details and an order form.

NOTE: We now have the information from the Tolley Funeral Home
available for viewing only in the Research Center.
Disclaimer: This Genealogy Page links to many Genealogy Projects that may be using "historically correct words" that some individuals may consider to be offensive.