Genealogy Resources at York County Library

The York County Library contains a wealth of genealogy resources and local history resources about York County, South Carolina and the Catawba Indians. We also have a Local History area dedicated to local history and genealogy resources at our Main Library in Rock Hill. For more details, please visit our Local History page.

Local History Room Obituary Sources Finding Aid

The Local History Room Obituary Sources Finding Aid is intended to guide patrons seeding obituary, death notice, and brief biographical sketch sources pertaining to York County. It is not a comprehensive listing of all of the genealogical sources available for access and use in the Local History Room. There are several published and unpublished local, state, and regional resources available that family histories, land, military service (pension), will, map (Sanborn) and estate records of York County residents (e.g. - court records) useful for genealogical purposes.

Other Resources

The following are other local resources and Internet reference websites that contain genealogical information.


Ancestry Library
Search through over 4 billion names, and browse census, birth, marriage, and death records, immigration and military records, and more.
Available only through library computers.

HeritageQuest Online
Census records, vital records, wills, regimental histories, city directories, church records, school records, court documents, obituaries from 150 newspapers, Freedman's Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Pension files, and family and local histories.

What is in that is not in Ancestry Library Edition?

HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition Comparison Chart

HeritageQuest User Guide

York County Resources

Louise Pettus Archives located at 700 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, has resources concerning York County.

Pettus Archives Digital Commons is a fully searchable system that includes the Archives' finding aids and content that is being continuously updated.

Southern Revolutionary War Institute was founded in 2006 and is based at the McCelvey Center in York. The Institute contains research materials on the Southern campaigns and the Bobby G. Moss Revolutionary War Collection. features more than 400 photographs, as well as newspaper clippings, church and family histories, citations to articles from The Herald during the 1990s, and links to historical and biographical databases and websites.

York County Historical Center is located in York, S.C. The center contains a large number of genealogical and historical resources pertaining to York County, and is the archival repository of York County.

Genealogy Websites

For a list of genealogy-related websites, please see our Genealogy Websites page.


You may submit genealogy questions via our "Ask A Librarian" service. Genealogy questions are subject to copyright laws, information and resources contained within our collections, and the fees listed below. We will send you a letter after receiving your question, and you must send a reply, with prepayment of the hourly charge, to have your question answered.

  • Labor: $25 per hour.
  • Photocopy: 25¢ per page.
  • Microfilm Copy: 50¢ per page.