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
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 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.)
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.)
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
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.
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.
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.