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Local History & Genealogy

Resources Available

The Kennedy Room’s collection offers a large variety of resources for genealogists and history researchers. Among the source material offered:

U.S. Census material, 1790-1940, on microfilm and through online databases
Death information (For more information, please see our Death Indexes information.)
Probate records for Spartanburg and many other S.C. counties
Colonial state and post-colonial Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union county land records
Military records, including the S.C. Revolutionary War Accounts Audited series, the S.C. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, and S.C. rosters of World War I and World War II soldiers; as well as military histories with regional relevance concerning the colonial period through World War II
Published family histories and the family files of the Pinckney Chapter of the S.C. Genealogical Society and the Piedmont Historical Society
Historical map collection
News index of the Spartanburg Herald and Herald-Journal
Pamphlet file with newspaper clippings on various local and state subjects

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Research Assistance

The Kennedy Room offers limited assistance to researchers unable to visit us in person. We cannot perform in-depth research or do extensive photocopying. A list of area researchers for hire is available upon request.

The fee for general research is a $5.00 service fee per request, 50¢ per photocopied page (includes shipping & handling).

Types of general research requests include:

Checking probate and land indexes for specific names
Searching S.C. Compiled Service Records for specific Confederate soldiers
Checking newspaper index of the Spartanburg Herald and Herald-Journal (not available online) for specific articles

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General Research Request

For a research query regarding a specific name or subject, we ask that you fill out the online Research Request form below. We will let you know whether we can fill your request and how much it will cost. Prepayment is required when ordering copies.

Kennedy Room Comments / Research Request form:
If you are using this form to request obituary or death certificate copies, please only make requests of deaths that have not yet been indexed.  Otherwise, please use the
Death Information Request form.

To view what years are currently available, see our Searchable indexes above.

For research questions unrelated to local history and genealogy, please use
Ask-a-Librarian service.

Open & complete form

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