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Historical Records
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are some of the images difficult to read?

The original paper records were microfilmed. The microfilmed records were then digitized for presentation on the Web. The quality of the images will vary depending on how they were originally written or typed and subsequently filmed. Efforts were made to optimize the records for readability and presentation purposes for the Web.

Why aren't all the records online?

Greenville County has made every effort to digitize as many records as possible. Because the volume of records that predate electronic format is so vast, costs and resource availabilities will most likely prohibit the conversion of all of them. However, as resources permit, Greenville County will continue to select records to be digitized and made available via the Web.

What types of records will you be putting online and when?

Greenville County plans to continue its efforts at providing historical records online. Plans for future collections include: Sheriff’s Records - Jail Books, Writ Book, Sale Book; Council Commissioners - Minute Books; Probate Court - Account Book, Will Books; Court of General Sessions - General Sessions Index/Docket records. There is no definitive timeframe for making these records available.

May I duplicate images from your web site?

The historical records digital images are in the public domain. Public domain items have no terms of usage or conditions attached. Therefore, no written permission is required to use them. We would appreciate, however, you crediting the originating County office as well as the Greenville County Library System upon use of these images. Additional information on the originating office for each set of images may be obtained on the collections page.

How far back do the records go?

The records go back to the early 1700's.

Why digitize historical documents?

The most important reason to digitize historical documents is to provide easy access to rare and often fragile documents. Users can view these documents from any computer connected to the Internet, digitization makes materials available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.