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Laurens County District Chapter Genealogical Society

GENEALOGY is defined in the Wikipedia encyclopedia as the study of families, family history and the tracing of lineages. The results are often displayed in charts or written narratives. And on most cases the family history not only covers family but includes community history.


Genealogical research was first organized in the United States in the early 19th century and continues to today as a sense of responsibility of preserving the past for future generations.  Tracing ones genealogy was seen as an attempt by the American Colonists as a means of securing social standings.  In todays programs and research, genealogists begin with the present known facts and work backwards in time. 


There has been an increasing interest in family history research with the easy access to online records and DNA testing.  Amateurs – those individuals researching their own ancestry – are intrigued in trying to understand where their ancestors came from, their lifestyles, biographies, medical histories, migration trends as well as historical socioeconomic or religious conditions.  Genealogy and history have become one of the most popular research topics on the internet.


Laurens County is blessed and proud to have an active, functioning Genealogical Society since March inn 1985.  The beginnings of the Laurens County Chapter began when a cosponsored workshop on genealogy was held by the Laurens County Library and the Henry Laurens Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 


On May 8, 1986, Edward L. Cheatham of Greenville and past President of the South Carolina Genealogical Society (SCGS), presented the Laurens District Chapter Genealogical Society their Charter.  Then President of the Laurens Chapter, Andres McGeachie, received the Charter Certificate. 

Laurens District Chapter SCGS, Inc (scgen.org)


Mike Becknell – President
Sara Jane Armstrong – Vice-President
Kathryn Weathers – Newsletter Editor & State Representative
Linda Finley – Treasurer
Shelby Lollis – Secretary
Cathy Morton – Refreshment Chair
Mike Bolt – Past President
Judy M. Riddle – Director
Richard Fowler – Director
Dianne Culbertson – Parliamentarian





The Laurens County Museum
116 South Public Square
Laurens, South Carolina 29360



January through April - second Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
September through November - second Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M.


Our May and December meetings are subject to being held at a different location 

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                             WHAT:          The South Carolina Genealogical Society

                              HOST:          The Laurens County Genealogical Society Chapter

                            WHEN:           Friday, October 13, 2023  -  Saturday, October 14, 2023

                         WHERE:           Laurens County Museum - 116 South Public Square - Laurens, South Carolina

ACCOMMODATIONS:      Hampton Inn - 201 East Corporate Center Drive - Clinton, South Carolina 29325  -  864-938-1040


Call for Reservations - Laurens District Chapter / SCGS (no code)

Discount Rate Applies October 8th - 14th, 2023

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