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Our Genealogy Helper for Laurens ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Laurens (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Laurens. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Laurens is located in Laurens County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of South Carolina's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Laurens County: Abbeville, Anderson, Greenville, Greenwood, Newberry, Spartanburg & Union.

Below are the counties that are near Laurens. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Laurens:

  • Laurens County     (The home county of Laurens)
    • Cold Point [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cold Point
      • Cold Point [Laurens County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cold Point
    • Lisbon [Laurens County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lisbon
      • Lisbon [Laurens County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lisbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Clinton [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
      • Clinton [Laurens County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,304 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<3>
    • Tylersville [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tylersville
      • Tylersville [Laurens County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tylersville
    • Ekom [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ekom
      • Ekom [Laurens County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ekom
    • Gray Court [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gray Court
      • Gray Court [Laurens County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 826 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gray Court
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gray Court<3>
    • Mountville [Laurens County]
    • Waterloo [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterloo
      • Waterloo [Laurens County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 170 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterloo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterloo<3>
    • Joanna [Laurens County]
    • Green Pond [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Pond
      • Green Pond [Laurens County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Pond
    • Cross Hill [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cross Hill
      • Cross Hill [Laurens County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 517 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cross Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cross Hill<3>
    • Collins Lakeside Village [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Collins Lakeside Village
      • Collins Lakeside Village [Laurens County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Collins Lakeside Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Collins Lakeside Village
    • Renno [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Renno
      • Renno [Laurens County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Renno
  • Abbeville County
    • Ware Shoals [Abbeville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ware Shoals
      • Ware Shoals [Abbeville County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,152 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ware Shoals
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ware Shoals<3>
    • Donalds [Abbeville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Donalds
      • Donalds [Abbeville County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 330 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Donalds
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Donalds<3>
    • Honea Path [Abbeville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Honea Path
      • Honea Path [Abbeville County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,851 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Honea Path
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Honea Path<3>
    • Due West [Abbeville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Due West
      • Due West [Abbeville County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,198 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Due West
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Due West<3>
    • Abbeville [Abbeville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Abbeville
      • Abbeville [Abbeville County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,958 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Abbeville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Abbeville<3>
  • Anderson County
    • Pelzer [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelzer
      • Pelzer [Anderson County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,413 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelzer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pelzer<3>
    • Belton [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Belton
      • Belton [Anderson County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,484 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Belton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Belton<3>
    • West Pelzer [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Pelzer
      • West Pelzer [Anderson County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 953 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Pelzer have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Pelzer
    • Williamston [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williamston
      • Williamston [Anderson County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,298 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williamston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williamston<3>
    • Piedmont [Anderson County]
    • Anderson [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anderson
      • Anderson [Anderson County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 27,701 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anderson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anderson<3>
    • Iva [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iva
      • Iva [Anderson County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Iva
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Iva<3>
    • Starr [Anderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Starr
      • Starr [Anderson County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the west of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 192 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Starr
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Starr<3>
  • Fairfield County
  • Greenville County
    • Fountain Inn [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fountain Inn
      • Fountain Inn [Greenville County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,905 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fountain Inn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fountain Inn<3>
    • Lickville [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lickville
      • Lickville [Greenville County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lickville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lickville
    • Simpsonville [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Simpsonville
      • Simpsonville [Greenville County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,272 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Simpsonville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Simpsonville<3>
    • Woodland Village [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodland Village
      • Woodland Village [Greenville County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Woodland Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodland Village
    • Five Forks [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Five Forks
      • Five Forks [Greenville County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Five Forks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Five Forks
    • Mauldin [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mauldin
      • Mauldin [Greenville County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 25,562 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mauldin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mauldin<3>
    • Conestee [Greenville County]
    • Pelham [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pelham
      • Pelham [Greenville County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pelham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pelham
    • Golden Grove [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golden Grove
      • Golden Grove [Greenville County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Golden Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Golden Grove
    • Pine Hill Village [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pine Hill Village
      • Pine Hill Village [Greenville County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pine Hill Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pine Hill Village
    • Greer [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greer
      • Greer [Greenville County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 35,316 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greer<3>
    • Greenville [Greenville County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenville
      • Greenville [Greenville County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 72,227 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenville<3>
    • Taylors [Greenville County]
  • Greenwood County
    • Coronaca [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coronaca
      • Coronaca [Greenwood County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coronaca have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coronaca
    • Cokesbury [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cokesbury
      • Cokesbury [Greenwood County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cokesbury have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cokesbury
    • Hodges [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hodges
      • Hodges [Greenwood County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 150 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hodges
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hodges<3>
    • Grendel Village [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grendel Village
      • Grendel Village [Greenwood County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grendel Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grendel Village
    • Greenwood [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Greenwood County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,356 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Greenwood<3>
    • Ninety Six [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ninety Six
      • Ninety Six [Greenwood County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,043 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ninety Six
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ninety Six<3>
    • Greenwood Village [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood Village
      • Greenwood Village [Greenwood County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenwood Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood Village
    • Fairforest [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairforest
      • Fairforest [Greenwood County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairforest
    • Panola Village [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Panola Village
      • Panola Village [Greenwood County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Panola Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Panola Village
    • Springdale [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springdale
      • Springdale [Greenwood County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springdale
    • Mathews Village [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mathews Village
      • Mathews Village [Greenwood County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mathews Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mathews Village
    • Promised Land [Greenwood County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Promised Land
      • Promised Land [Greenwood County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Promised Land have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Promised Land
    • Bradley [Greenwood County]
  • Newberry County
    • Whitmire [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitmire
      • Whitmire [Newberry County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,449 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitmire
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitmire<3>
    • Chappells [Newberry County]
    • Smyrna [Newberry County]
    • Silverstreet [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silverstreet
      • Silverstreet [Newberry County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 166 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silverstreet
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silverstreet<3>
    • Old Town Ferry [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town Ferry
      • Old Town Ferry [Newberry County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town Ferry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Town Ferry
    • Newberry [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Newberry
      • Newberry [Newberry County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,141 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newberry
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newberry<3>
    • Prosperity [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prosperity
      • Prosperity [Newberry County] lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,306 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prosperity
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Prosperity<3>
    • Pomaria [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pomaria
      • Pomaria [Newberry County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 178 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pomaria
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pomaria<3>
    • Little Mountain [Newberry County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Mountain
      • Little Mountain [Newberry County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 295 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Mountain
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Little Mountain<3>
  • Pickens County
    • Easley [Pickens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Easley
      • Easley [Pickens County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,626 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Easley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Easley<3>
  • Saluda County
    • Saluda [Saluda County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saluda
      • Saluda [Saluda County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,566 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saluda
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saluda<3>
  • Spartanburg County
    • Enoree [Spartanburg County]
    • Cross Anchor [Spartanburg County]
    • Woodruff [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Woodruff
      • Woodruff [Spartanburg County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,507 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woodruff
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Woodruff<3>
    • Crescent [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crescent
      • Crescent [Spartanburg County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crescent
    • Green Pond [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Pond
      • Green Pond [Spartanburg County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Pond
    • Moore [Spartanburg County]
    • Pauline [Spartanburg County]
    • Reidville [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reidville
      • Reidville [Spartanburg County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 693 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reidville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reidville<3>
    • Roebuck [Spartanburg County]
    • Brookside Village [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brookside Village
      • Brookside Village [Spartanburg County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brookside Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brookside Village
    • Camp Croft [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Camp Croft
      • Camp Croft [Spartanburg County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Camp Croft
    • Franklin Village [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin Village
      • Franklin Village [Spartanburg County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Franklin Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin Village
    • Startex [Spartanburg County]
  • Union County
    • Bishop Town [Union County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bishop Town
      • Bishop Town [Union County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bishop Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Buffalo [Union County]
    • Red Town [Union County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Town
      • Red Town [Union County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sartor Town [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sartor Town
      • Sartor Town [Union County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sartor Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sartor Town
    • Union [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Union
      • Union [Union County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,535 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Union
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Union<3>
    • Bonham [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonham
      • Bonham [Union County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bonham have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonham
    • Tuckertown [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tuckertown
      • Tuckertown [Union County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tuckertown
    • Jonesville [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jonesville
      • Jonesville [Union County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 819 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jonesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jonesville<3>
    • Carlisle [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carlisle
      • Carlisle [Union County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 406 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carlisle
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carlisle<3>
    • Lockhart [Union County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lockhart
      • Lockhart [Union County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 449 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lockhart
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lockhart<3>

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Laurens, see our County-by-County Page for Laurens.

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Laurens ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Laurens.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Laurens. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Laurens and those printed in the larger area surrounding Laurens.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 20 miles [32.2 km] of Laurens.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Laurens:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from South Carolina

Cemeteries Near Laurens ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Laurens.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Laurens covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Jersey Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Jersey Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Jersey Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jersey Cemetery
  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • Rose Hill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rose Hill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rose Hill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rose Hill Cemetery
  • Barksdale Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Barksdale Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Barksdale Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barksdale Cemetery
  • Holy Grove Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Holy Grove Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Holy Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holy Grove Cemetery
  • Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery
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    • New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery
    • Leesville Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Leesville Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Leesville Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leesville Cemetery
    • Memory Gardens
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Memory Gardens
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Memory Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Memory Gardens
    • Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity Methodist Church Cemetery
    • Chesnut Ridge Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chesnut Ridge Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Chesnut Ridge Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chesnut Ridge Cemetery
    • Bolt Family Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bolt Family Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bolt Family Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bolt Family Cemetery
    • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Mt. Pleasant Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
    • Sandy Springs Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sandy Springs Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sandy Springs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Sandy Springs Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandy Springs Cemetery
    • Lisbon Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lisbon Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lisbon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lisbon Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Laurens.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lisbon Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Laurens in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Laurens.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Laurens, with the one closest to Laurens listed first.

  • Lisbon [Laurens County] - Historic
    • While Lisbon was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lisbon
    • Lisbon [Laurens County] was located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lisbon had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lisbon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Ora [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ora
    • Ora [Laurens County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ora had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ora have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ora
  • Barksdale [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barksdale
    • Barksdale [Laurens County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Barksdale had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barksdale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barksdale
  • Clinton [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clinton
    • Clinton [Laurens County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,021 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,304 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Clinton had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clinton
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clinton<3>
  • Ekom [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ekom
    • Ekom [Laurens County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Ekom had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ekom
  • Tylersville [Laurens County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tylersville
    • Tylersville [Laurens County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northeast of Laurens
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 51 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Tylersville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tylersville
  • Continue List ...
    • Mountville [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountville
      • Mountville [Laurens County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mountville had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mountville<3>
    • Gray Court [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gray Court
      • Gray Court [Laurens County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 826 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Gray Court had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gray Court
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gray Court<3>
    • Waterloo [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waterloo
      • Waterloo [Laurens County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Laurens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 291 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 170 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Waterloo had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waterloo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waterloo<3>
    • Dover [Laurens County] - Historic
      • While Dover was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dover
      • Dover [Laurens County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Laurens
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dover had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dover have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Enoree [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Enoree
      • Enoree [Spartanburg County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 90 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Enoree had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Enoree
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Enoree<3>
    • Hillsville [Spartanburg County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsville
      • Hillsville [Spartanburg County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Laurens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hillsville had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsville
    • Owings [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Owings
      • Owings [Laurens County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Laurens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Owings had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Owings have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Owings
    • Mount Gallagher [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Gallagher
      • Mount Gallagher [Laurens County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Laurens
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 44 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Mount Gallagher had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mount Gallagher have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Gallagher
    • Milton [Laurens County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milton
      • Milton [Laurens County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Laurens
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Milton had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Milton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milton

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Laurens. See our List of 1890's Communities around Laurens.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of South Carolina

About Laurens County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Laurens: www.cityoflaurenssc.com/

The official website for Laurens County: www.laurenscountysc.org/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Laurens) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Laurens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LaurensOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Laurens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.4988, Longitude: -82.0148    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Laurens, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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