Welcome to the
Swain County Genealogy Society
Bringing the past
Into the present
For the future
Swain County was formed in 1871 from
Jackson (formed in 1851 from Haywood and Macon) and Macon Counties. The
area covered by Swain County was once Macon County, formed in 1828 from Indian
Lands. The county was named meet for sex in honor of former governor and
University of NC president David Lowry Swain. The first court was held at
Cold Spring Meeting House, and commissioners were assigned to lay out a town to
be called Charleston and to select a site for the courthouse. In 1889 this
town was renamed Bryson City (the present day county seat) in honor of Colonel
Thad Dillard Bryson. In 1876, the Qualla Boundary Reservation of the Eastern
Band of the Cherokee was established, part of it being in Swain County. In
1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established, with part of it
also in Swain County, Then in 1941 construction of Fontana Dam was
authorized by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Today the national park, the
reservation, and the TVA occupy about 280,000 acres of present day Swain County.
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The Swain County Genealogical Society
meets on the first Thursday of each month
at the society office in Bryson City.
just across the street from the old courthouse.
It is in the brick building upstairs over the police department.
Our New Library
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM; Tuesday 6 PM - 8 PM
Telephone - (828) 488-2932
PO Box 267
Bryson City, NC 28713
Happy New Year!!
Check back often for updates
on 2008 meetings of the
Swain County Genealogical Society
Great Gift for any occasion!
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NEW in the Bookstore!!!
Marriages of Swain County Volume II, 1906-1916
|SCGS Bookstore||Publications available for sale by the society|
|Families of Interest||Connect with others researching the same surnames|
|Membership Application||Membership information and form|
|Swain County Resources||Contacts for county records information|
|Family Reunions||Reunions of interest to folks with western NC roots|
|Local History & Lore||History and story links pertaining to Swain County|
|The Cherokee||History & Genealogy of the of the Cherokee Indians|
|Photo Album||Photos of interest to folks with Swain County roots|
|Political Graveyard||Politicians who were born and/or lived in Swain Co.|
|Marriages||Links to Swain County marriages|
|North Shore Cemeteries||Schedule for Homecoming and Decorations|
|Jackson County||Macon County||Graham County||Cherokee County|
|Sevier County, TN||Haywood County||Qualla Boundary Cherokee Reservation||Old Buncombe County|
Swain County, NC
|Jackson County GenWeb||
Macon County GenWeb
|Graham County GenWeb|
|Cherokee County GenWeb||Haywood County GenWeb||Buncombe County GenWeb|
|Qualla Boundary Cherokee Reservation GenWeb||Sevier County, TN GenWeb||Blount County, TN GenWeb|