LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson's Genealogy Library


My Genealogy Library includes many reference works relating to Laurens County, SC, including:

  • Two volumes of Abstracts of Laurens County South Carolina Deeds, both 1793-1800 and 1785-1793;
  • Five volumes of Burying Grounds, Graveyards And Cemeteries, Laurens County, SC (Laurens  District Chapter, South Carolina Genealogical Society);
  • Discovering Laurens County, volumes One and Two;
  • Laurens County, South Carolina Wills, 1784-1840;
  • A complete set of the index and magazines for The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research;
  • Laurens County, SC: Rabun Creek Settlement 1762-1848;
  • Marriage and Death Records from Laurens County, S.C. Newspapers, Vol. # 1;
  • Abstracts of Old Ninety-six and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds;
  • Ninety-six District, South Carolina; Journal of the Court of the Ordinary;
  • Morris, Southern Slavery And The Law 1619-1860; and
  • ​Motes, Laurens County, S.C.: Rabun Creek Settlement, 1762-1848.


More general but related reference works include:

  • African American Cemeteries, Volume 1 Newberry South Carolina;
  • Cooper, Index To Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations;
  • Graham, Georgia Land Lottery Research
  • ​Heinegg, Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina, From the Colonial Period to about 1820, volumes I and II (5th ed.);
  • Holcomb, 1850 Mortality Schedue of South Carolina;
  • Mills, Southern Loyalists in the Civil War;
  • National Geneaoligcal Society Research in the States Series: Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina 
  • Motes, Free Blacks and Mulattos in South Carolina 1850 Census;
  • Pruitt, Index to Greenville County, SC Deed Books, Parts 1 and 2;
  • Pruitt, Creeks and Rivers in South Carolina.
  • Schweninger, Black Property Owners In The South, 1790-1915;
  • Schweninger, The Southern Debate Over Slavery, Volumes 1 and 2 (Petitions to Southern Legislatures and Courts, respectively)
  • South Carolina, A Guide to the Palmetto State; and
  • Tindall, South Carolina Negroes 1877-1900.