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Genealogical Resources
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Our Special Collections and Archives is a frequently used center for research into family history. This page briefly describes the most commonly used sources available here.

Please remember that our primary role is to facilitate the research activities of the University. We are nonetheless pleased to help you when you visit, although we can not do your research for you, and can only spend a limited amount of time on each email or telephone inquiry. Please see our Guidelines.

Please call us at (864) 294-2194 or e-mail Special Collections to schedule a visit. We are a small department and we want to ensure that we have staff and materials available to meet your needs. Plus it will save you time!

I. Manuscript and Archival
  • Alester G. Furman, Jr. Papers, 1919-1980
  • Furman Family Collection, 1784-1980, genealogy of Furman and Davis Families
  • Richard Furman Collection, 1775-1825
  • The Firmyn-Furman Genealogy, Prepared by Harry Greenwood Grover, 1960. Includes family members in England (1490-1630) and in America (1630-1960). Map case.
  • The Furman Family of South Carolina, by Thomas deSaussure Furman, Sr. in 1970. Updated in 1988. (family tree) Map case.
  • The Greenville Branch of the Furman Family of South Carolina, by Thomas deSaussure Furman. (family tree)
  • Rev. J. P. Isenhower Papers, genealogy of Lyle Family. Map case.
  • William Marion Whiteside Collection, genealogy of Whiteside Family
  • Genealogical information on families connected with Fairforest Baptist Church, Union County, SC
  • Baptist Biographies (website).
    South Carolina Baptist ministers and other important figures in the South Carolina Baptist community; information on each individual differs. We collect biographies, newspaper and periodical articles, obituaries and information relating to the churches where they preached.

II. Books and Published Materials
  • A brief guide to South Carolina genealogical research and records, Brent Holcomb, c1979
  • A guide to South Carolina genealogical research and records, Brent Holcomb, c 1986
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Greenville County, SC: The Earliest Minute Books of Ten Baptist Churches, 1794-1850, Storey & McCuen, 1992.
Catalog Searches:
Furman Alumni Searches:

    Furman University Catalogues, 1852 to present, most contain a register of students and/or alumni. For online version see Academic Records Catalog Archive.

    Furman University Bonhomie Yearbooks, 1901-present available onsite. Years 1901 - 1932 available online.

    Greenville Woman's College Catalogues, 1857 to 1937, some contain a register of students and/or alumni. Available online.

    Furman University Graduates: 1830-1908

    Greenville Woman's College Graduates, 1858-1932, available online in an excerpt from Academy and College written by Dr. Judy Bainbridge - This book gives a history of the Greenville Woman's College. It is important to note that everyone who attended Greenville Woman's College did not necessarily graduate, and therefore may not be on this list. *Note: This is a large PDF document consisting of twenty-seven pages. It may take a minute to fully load.

    Alumni directories, available onsite.

III. Microfilm

    South Carolina Baptist Church Records (website). Microfilm available onsite or through Interlibrary Loan.
    “Early Baptist church records may be of limited value for genealogical research. Because Baptists practice believers baptism, most converts prior to the twentieth century were baptized as adults. Thus, family relationships are less important than in traditions that practice infant baptism. Rarely are birth dates or family connections shown in Baptist records. The date a person was baptized and received into the membership of the congregation was listed. Also, death dates and occasionally obituaries were recorded.” Clayton, J. Glen.“South Carolina Baptist Records,” The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 85, No. 4 (Oct., 1984), pp. 319-327.

    Baptist Newspapers (website). Microfilm available onsite or through Interlibrary Loan.

    An index is available onsite for the following microfilmed newspapers:

  • The Baptist Courier, indexed from January 1894 to September 26, 1942; (formerly The Working Christian), indexed from July 8, 1869 to December 14, 1874
  • The Biblical Recorder and Southern Watchman, indexed from March, 1838 - December 26, 1840
  • The Confederate Baptist, indexed from October 1, 1862 – January 25, 1865
  • The South Carolina Baptist, indexed from April 1866 – December 25, 1868
  • The Southern Baptist, indexed from June 5, 1847 to December 15, 1860
  • The Southern Baptist and General Intelligencer, indexed from January 3, 1835 to December 30, 1836
  • The Southern Intelligencer, indexed from January 5, 1822 to March 29, 1823
  • The Southern Watchman and General Intelligencer, indexed from January 7, 1837 to February 8, 1838

IV. Maps
  • Approximate Location of Baptist Churches, 1690-1783, Call no. BR555 .S6 A66
  • Baptist churches in South Carolina prior to 1805, 1920?, Call no. BR555.S6 B36 1920
  • A Baptist map of the state of South Carolina : showing the location of all white Baptist churches in the state : together with the date of their organization, the number of their members & c.,1895, Call no. BR555.S6 B365 1895. [Photocopies available for purchase $6.00 mailed or $3.00 in person]
  • A map of the province of South Carolina with all the rivers, creeks, bays, inletts, islands, inland navigation, soundings, time of high water on the sea coast, roads, marshes, ferrys, bridges, swamps, parishes, churches, towns, townships, county, parish, district, and provincial lines. Humbly inscribed to the Honble. Lawlins Lowndes, Esgr. ... by their most obedt. & faithful servt. Jams. Cook. Thos. Bowen, sculpt, 1968 (reprinted from 1773 original), Call No. G1035.C66
V. Web Sites