York County Library Local History Room
Obituary Sources Finding Aid
The York County Library 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 There are several published and unpublished local, state, and regional resources available that family histories, land, military service (pension), will, map (Sanborn) and estate records of York County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.
York County Library subscribes to commercially prepared databases that may contain relevant historic information. These databases may be accessed in the York County Libraries or remotely from your home, school or office. In order to access them remotely, you need to have a valid York County Library Card. If you reside outside of York County, please check with your local library website to see if they subscribe to these databases.
African American History and Culture
Biographies, events and historic documents related to Black History and families are contained in this database.
American Indian History and Culture
Biographies, events and historic documents related to Native American tribes are located in the database. Tribes include the Catawba Indian Nation.
Ancestry Library Edition
This database is available only through computers located in our libraries.
Search it for family names in census records, military records, birth, death and marriage records, and immigration records.
Biography Resource Center
More than 440,000 biographies are contained from sources that include magazines, encyclopedias and the Marquis Who’s Who.
The Charlotte Observer (1985 to date), the State (1987 to date) and The Greenville News (1999 to date) may be searched for names and events.
Heritage Quest Online
Users may search the US Federal Census from 1790–1930, family and local history books, more than 1 million genealogy and local history articles, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications and the Freedman’s Bank records for information on ancestors.
Proquest – The Herald
This database is available only through computers located in our libraries.
This is a newspaper archive from 1997 to date of The Herald. It is searchable by topic including names and is limitable by date. The York County Library has The Herald, The Evening Herald, Rock Hill Journal, Rock Hill Record, Camden Gazette, Camden Journal, Charlotte Western Democrat, Fort Mill Times, Yorkville Pioneer, Yorkville Compiler, and Yorkville Enquirer on microfilm. Please search (by title) the library catalog for specific dates covered by the film. For information on the Local History Room collection and procedures, please go to the Local History Room website
African-America Cultural Resources Committee
The African-American Cultural Resources Committee was formed in October 2012 to define the historic outline of the African-American cultural, residential, and commercial communities within the City of Rock Hill. Composed of dedicated citizens interested in collecting, cataloging and preserving this rich history, the AACRC, in partnership with the City of Rock Hill, is working to build the African-American Business District Monument at the corner of West Black Street and Dave Lyle Boulevard.
Chronicling America is a website for locating and/or searching historic newspapers produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program that is jointly sponsored by The Library of Congress and The National Endowment for the Humanities. There are two segments to this website:
- Directory – search by state, county and city for a listing of all newspapers published there since 1690. Known bibliographic and holdings information are given for each title.
- Newspaper pages – keyword searching for information from digitized papers. The years encompassed will be 1836-1922 as these newspapers fit the format of what we recognize as newspapers. The current indexing starts with 1860.
Cultural and Heritage Museums
Access to York County’s own museums and history centers – Historic Brattonsville, the Museum of York County and the Historical Center at McCelvey Center is provided here.
Ellis Island Records
This is a source of passenger and immigrations lists.
Historic Rock Hill
Historic Rock Hill has undertaken several restoration projects in order to retain the stock of older homes and the flavor of some of our historic districts. Included are these success stories, projects that are underway and opportunities to donate or to purchase merchandise. Profits from the sales will aid in the restoration projects. An archive of the organization newsletters is also available.
Historic White Home
An overview of the current Historic Rock Hill initiative to restore one of Rock Hill's earliest homes, the site also contains a brief history of the White Family.
Created by ETV for K–12 students, teachers, and parents, Knowitall.org is a free, online collection of resources designed for classroom use. This educational web portal contains interactive sites, simulations, image collections, virtual field trips and streaming video that support and provide quality inquiry–based experiences for students on the Internet. Funding for this project was provided by the S.C. General Assembly through the K–12 Technology Partnership consisting of the S.C. Department of Education, ETV, the State Budget and Control Board, the State Library, BellSouth, and the independent telephone companies. Searching this site by clicking on “By Subject”, then “Social Studies” will bring up a list of websites highlighting SC History. An archive of articles from the Sandlapper Magazine since 2002 is also available.
National Register of Historic Places
This link takes you directly to a listing of all York County properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Information includes significance, architect and architectural style, historic function, and current function.
Roots and Recall - The site offers photos of local historic interest for the counties of York, Chester, Fairfield, and Kershaw with more in the works. The site is actively seeking stories and photographs from private collections. Contact information is listed on the website.
From April 2004 to the current issue, this site serves as an index to articles about SC both current and historic.
Contains a list of links to websites that contain information about South Carolina people and historical periods, places and maps.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has a mission to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State. The department is the caretaker of a collection of more than 300 years of historical documents. The agency’s mission extends to encompass historic preservation, history education, records management and records conservation. By clicking on “Archives Documents and Images Online,” you can access five databases of images pertaining to SC history.
South Carolina Historical Markers
Searchable by county or by keyword, this website contains location and text for roadside historic markers in South Carolina. It is maintained by the SC Dept. of Archives and History, the SC Dept. of Education and the SC Assn. for Educational Technology.
Sources for birth, death and marriage records are listed by state and counties.
Simply click on a topic of interest. Under Digitized Collections you will find both books and photographs in digital format on SC and Winthrop history.
York County Cemeteries - These websites contain churchyard and family burial plots that have been inventoried, with the names and dates posted: