President: Tom Mayhugh
Secretary: Debbie N. McMinn
Editor: Mrs. Barnette Nichols
The mission of the Chester District Genealogical Society(CDGS) is to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research, the publication of genealogical data, the promotion of the collection and preservation of records, scholarly research, to stimulate a general interest in genealogy and family history, and to aid those doing research in our area.
Chester County, South Carolina, is situated in the north central part of our state. Chester County is surrounded by the counties of Fairfield, Lancaster, Union, and York. Chester SC is 50 miles south of Charlotte NC, 47 miles east of Spartanburg SC, 55 miles north of our state capital, Columbia SC. Many of the countless founding families came from Scotland and Ireland via "The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road", from PA, VA and NC. Others, the English and French Huguenots via the Charleston SC seaport. There was a sprinkling of German, Welsh and Swiss also.
Later, many of the early settlers - especially the Covenanters, disturbed by the issue of slavery and seeking greater economic opportunities - migrated to the West, Southwest and to the Illinois-Ohio area, leaving behind their early American roots, many of which have been recorded and preserved.
In NC, Tryon County was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1768 and abolished in 1779 to form Rutherford and Lincoln counties in North Carolina. At its formation and until the border survey of 1772, Tryon County included all or portions of the South Carolina counties of York, Chester, Union, Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. Your ancestors may be found in records for any of these counties, including the North Carolina counties of Lincoln, Rutherford and Mecklenburg and their neighbors.
The Chester District Genealogical Society was organized in February 1978 by a small group of people interested in researching and preserving the records of Chester County South Carolina.
The Chester District Genealogical Society is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization. The Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c) 3 allows tax deductions for the value of material donated to the chapter.
We currently have over 150 members, including several who live in or near Chester County, but the majority of our members live out-of-state and are searching for information about our area. We are pleased to also have the membership of several libraries and other societies nationwide.
We would like to hear from you. Use our new email contact form to send us a message, or you may write to us at Chester District Genealogical Society, PO Box 336, Richburg, SC 29729-0336.
For more details about our membership benefits, please go to our Membership Page.