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Welcome to Laurens County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails! My name is Andrew Staton, and I am the county host. The goal of Genealogy Trails is to place data online for the FREE use of all researchers. Genealogy Trails thrives on data contributions from YOU, the researchers! If you have any Obituaries, Cemetery data, Old Photos, Biographies, County Histories, etc. that relate to Laurens County, please send them in! Every little obituary, burial listing, etc. helps, so please follow the simple directions below to send it in. In the meantime, please browse this site, and maybe you'll make a discovery. Happy hunting!

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Recent Updates

Jun. 6, 2014 - Laurens City Cemetery Added (with map!) - Partial Listing
Jul. 10 - Misc. Society News Added
Jul. 24 - Misc. News Stories Added
Dec. 27 - 1919 Confederate Pensioners
Dec. 30 - Misc. Biographies and Obituaries Added
Jan. 8, 2015 - Articles on Early History, Town Names, and 1860 Secession Delegates


Laurens became a separate county in 1785 from the Ninety-Six District, being named for the Revolutionary War patriot Henry Laurens of Charleston. The town of Laurens became the county seat, and the first courthouse was erected in 1786. The current courthouse was built in 1840 and enlarged in 1857. Andrew Johnson, president of the United States, and his brother came to Laurens in 1824 and established a tailor shop.

Laurens County was the location of many battles and skirmishes during the American Revolution. These included the Battle of Musgrove Mill, Lindley's Fort, and Hammond's Store.


Browse through the different sections of Laurens County Genealogy Trails using the links in the table below:


Bits n' Pieces





News Obits/Death Notices Pioneers Probates
Queries Society Schools Wills

Or, use this search engine to search Laurens County Genealogy Trails for specific surnames, places, etc.:
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Please note, however, that surnames are not always spelled correctly in records or transcriptions, so it is recommended that you browse through the site in addition to using the search engine to ensure a full search for your family.


Laurens County is bordered 
by the following counties:

Greenville (Hosted!) - Northwest
Spartanburg  - North
Union - Northeast
Newberry (Hosted!) - West/Southwest
Greenwood - South
Abbeville - Southeast/East
Anderson - East


Laurens County includes 7 incorporated cities and towns, along with several unincorporated. Those that are incorporated are: Laurens, Clinton, Gray Court, Waterloo, Cross Hill, Fountain Inn (partially in Greenville County), and Ware Shoals (partially in Abbeville and Greenwood Counties). Unincorporated towns include Owings, Mountville, Barksdale, Hickory Tavern, Princeton, Joanna, Kinards (partially in Newberry County), Ora, and Lanford.

There are public libraries in Clinton and Laurens (main branch). The Laurens Library has a South Carolina Room, containing history and genealogy information for the county. The room is open during all normal library hours. Laurens city newspapers are housed at the Laurens Library as well. However the Clinton newspaper, Clinton Chronicle, is housed at the Presbyterian College library in Clinton.

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As data becomes available, we put it online.  Information will be posted as fast as we can find, type and/or receive it.  We welcome your feedback, comments, and your data contributions.  WE REGRET THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.  All data we come across will be added to this website, so please keep checking back.

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