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.


The Society Office is located on the square

just across the street from the old courthouse. 

It is in the brick building upstairs over the police department.


Our New Library


Library/Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM; Tuesday 6 PM - 8 PM

Telephone - (828) 488-2932

Mailing Address:

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!

Gift Certificates in any amount

see the bookstore for details



NEW in the Bookstore!!!

 Marriages of Swain County Volume II, 1906-1916


Site Directory

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





Our Neighbors

Jackson County Macon County Graham County Cherokee County
Sevier County, TN Haywood County Qualla Boundary Cherokee Reservation Old Buncombe County


USGenWeb Sites


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