Genealogy & Local History

York County Library offers a wealth of genealogy and local history resources, including a Local History area dedicated to history and genealogy research for York County, South Carolina, and the Catawba Indians.

Local History Area

The Local History area, located at the Main Library in Rock Hill, holds a valuable collection of genealogy and local history materials, with books, photographs, microfilms, newspapers, manuscripts, and more. Available resources include:

  • Census indexes and microfilms

  • Family histories

  • Church, cemetery, land, military, will, and estate records of York County

  • Burial indexes of area church and family cemeteries

  • Marriage and death notices

  • Local newspapers on microfilm

These materials are for in-library use only. For information on available titles and subjects, search the Library Catalog or see the SC State Library's Obituary Resources Guide, a selection of obituary resources accessible at York County Library and other South Carolina public libraries. 

Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library

Genealogy research tool providing a wide range of resources, including billions of names, U.S. census, birth, marriage, and death records, immigration and military records, and more. (in-library use only.)

Fold3 Library Edition

Provides access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. (Home access requires a York County Library card.)

HeritageQuest Online

Comprehensive collection of genealogical sources, including U.S. census records, local and family histories, Revolutionary War pension and bounty land warrant application files, the Freedman's Bank Records, maps, and more. (Home access requires a York County Library card.)

York County Resources

Louise Pettus Archives

Resources relating to York County and South Carolina, provided by Winthrop University's Dacus Library and featuring a fully-searchable digital collection.

Rock Hill Cemeteries - Contains information on Rock Hill city-owned cemeteries. Listings are not complete.


Southern Revolutionary War Institute

Primary and secondary research materials dedicated to the American Revolution in the Southern states, available at the McCelvey Center in York, S.C.

York County Library's online local history project, featuring more than 400 photographs, as well as newspaper clippings, church and family histories, indexes of selected York County newspapers, and links to historical and biographical databases and websites.


York County Historical Center

Archival repository located in York, S.C., and providing a large number of genealogical and historical resources pertaining to York County.


Genealogy questions may be submitted via our Ask A Librarian service and are subject to copyright laws and the resources available in our collections. A prepayment fee of $25 per hour for labor is required; additional charges may include 25¢ per photocopy and 50¢ per microfilm copy.

York County Library

138 East Black Street

Rock Hill, SC 29730


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