Genealogy

The Elaine Martin Local History Room at The Laurens County Library has an extensive collection of materials (Genealogy Materials at LCPL) relating to this area’s history and its people. These resources are available to all residents and visitors. Because of the valuable nature of these materials , all must be used in the library.
While the library cannot undertake individual research, the staff will gladly assist you with the use of these resources. A map of the Martin Local History Room can be found here (MAP OF ROOM).
The Martin Local History Room is open during all regular hours of the library. If you are coming from out of town it is suggested that you call before your visit to make sure that the library will be open for your research. Holidays and staff work days may cause a schedule change.
Remote Requests for Information
The Laurens County Public Library will provide limited research and answer genealogy related questions for those unable to come into the library. The Research Request Form must be completed and submitted with a $10.00 minimum fee, which includes mailing or emailing up to five pages. Additional pages are $.50 per page. Questions should be specific and for an obituary look up, dates of death must be provided. Only one name per form request, please. We are unable to research questions such as “everything you can find on the Jones family” or “anything you find about John Jones.”
All questions – including those by phone – will be answered in the order in which we receive. Please allow up to four weeks for a reply. We only provide research for or information to individuals and do not do investigative research for companies, agencies, or law firms.

Remote Request Form

Suggestions – Please read before completing request
Obituary Date of death is required. Findagrave.com (LINK) is helpful when searching for dates of death in Laurens County. Specify whether to search the Clinton Chronicle, Laurensville Herald or Laurens Advertiser. Dates of Microfilm can be found by searching our catalog (LINK) for titles of papers.
Book/Periodical Lookup Search our catalog (LINK) to verify that we have the title you are looking for. We are able to copy a limited amount of pages. For Index search, provide full name or subject.
Wills, Deeds and Estates Microfilmed Laurens County records at the Library are only available  up to approximately the year 1900.  All requests should be for specific items and list name, book, volume, page and other pertinent information. More recent records are not available at the Library but may be available through the Probate Court of Laurens County.
Marriage Records Marriage records are not available at the Library but are only available at the Probate Court of Laurens County and do not start until 1911.  Ancestry.com has the earlier marriage application records on their website.
Birth Records

(Not available at the library.)

See SCDHEC for more information.  The SC Archives has birth certificates dating earlier than 100 years ago, available to the public.
Death Records

(Not available at the library.)

Ancestry.com has SC death records, beginning in 1915 up to the early 1960s.

 

Some Helpful Links
Ancestry site
(available from the library only)
HeritageQuest
(available from the library only)
HeritageQuest
(remote use; library card number needed)
South Carolina Genealogy Trails
LDS site Genforum
RootsWeb Obituary Times
SC State Archives Apply for SC Death Indexes
Historical Newspapers Find a grave
Laurens County GIS SCDHEC