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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 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. 



The Swain County Genealogical Society

meets on the first Thursday of each month

at the society office in Bryson City.



December Monthly Meeting

Thursday, 4 December 2014

6:30 PM

Swain County Genealogy Society

Join us for our annual

Christmas party. 

Bring your favorite treat to share

and enjoy the fellowship of the season.



The public is invited and welcomed.





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 Office &  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

e-mail: swaingenealogysociety@gmail.com


The purpose of the Swain County Genealogy Society is to aid in the preservation of Family Bible Records, Military Records, Cemetery Records and other genealogical and historical records. We want to promote interest and research in the study of History and Genealogy. To cooperate with other Societies as much as is practical and to collect and preserve data relating to North Carolina and North Carolina families, particularly, but not limited to Swain, Macon and Jackson Counties.


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 *** updating for 2013 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
Graves Affected by TVA Project          Graves in Swain area affected by Fontana Dam project - inlcudes re-interred and not moved
*** These pages are under construction and be available very soon.  Please check back often for updates.




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