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The SC Genealogical Society was formed in Columbia on 12-Jan-1970. 

In Nov-1973 the by-laws of the society were revised to provide for the formation of Chapters throughout SC.











Greenville Public Library, 300 College Street, Greenville, SC 29601











COMMENTS: (From 1st volume of the Chapter's Lineage Charts)


Eugene Sneary, professor at Furman University, taught a course in Basic Genealogy in the night school at Furman.  This generated so much interest that the Greenville County Library sponsored a second course at the Library in the fall of 1972.


As a direct result of the interest indicated by those attending these courses, Gene Sneary, Morn Lindsay and Bee Bryant formed an organizational committee and sent out invitations to attend a meeting held at the Library 1 February 1973.  Twenty-two interested people were present, temporary officers were selected, and a regular series of meetings was planned.


Programs for the year included:  Ralph Bowers, a member, who spoke on how  he had researched and published the Bowers Family History; Wylma Wates of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History spoke on records available for Archives research? Wade Campbell, a member, told of the restoration of Old Ebenezer Methodist Church in Marion County on land his great-great-grandfather had given the church; Schaeffer Kendrick, local attorney and professor at Furman, spoke on court house records; Mildred Whitmire, member of the Greenville Historical Society, spoke on research sources and her special project of compiling Greenville County cemetery inscriptions; Ronald Bremer of GENCOR, INC. held a mini-workshop on general research sources? the Rev, Silas Lucas, rector of St, Michael's Episcopal Church in Easley and a publisher of genealogical materials, spoke on his experiences in locating materials and on his publications.  Also, two activity meetings were held, one the reading of two cemeteries in Greenville County – Few’s Chapel and Double Springs -, the other a combination social hour and show-and-tell time.


As the result of efforts made by the Greenville group, the South Carolina Genealogical Society in Columbia amended its constitution to allow for a state organization with chapters.  The Greenville group was formally installed on 7 February 1974 as the second chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society by James L. Haynsworth, President.  Four other state officers were present for the meeting at which Dr. Albert Sanders of Furman University spoke on the early history of Greenville.




 President = Eugene Sneary

Vice President = James Keller

Treasurer = Jo Hendrix

Recording Secretary = Margaret Williams

Corresponding Secretary = Jo Mills

Project Chairman = Bee Bryant.



CHARTER MEMBERSHIP: (26 Members as of 7-Feb-1974)

 Atwood, Harold

Beddingfield, Ruth

Black, Hoke

Bowers, Ralph

Bryant, Bee

Burton, Barbara

Campbell, Wade

Davis, Jetty

Ellis, Joyce

Estes, Ruby

Henderson, Ed

Henderson, Sarah

Hendrix, Jo

Keller, James

Landing, Oscar

Lindsay, Morn

McDonald, Velma

Mills, Jo

Petersen, Margery

Seyle, Mary

Shults, Mary Lou

Sneary, Eugene

Smoak, R.L.

Talley, Annie

Thruston, Edyth

Williams, Margaret


2012-____ MEETING PLACE:

Greenville County Library System, Hughes Downtown Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601, 864-242-5000

Meets 3rd Sunday at 3:00 PM in January, February, March, April, May, September, October & November.


____ - 2011 MEETING PLACE:

First Christian Church, 704 Edwards Road, Greenville, SC

Meets 1st Thursday at 7:00 PM in January, February, March, April, May, September, October and November.