York County, South Carolina Genealogy

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York County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting York County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1785
County Seat York

United States Gotoarrow.png South Carolina Gotoarrow.png York County

Quick Dates

York County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1915  1911    1915 1790   1786 1770 

County Courthouse

York County Courthouse

York County Courthouse
2 South Congress Street
York, South Carolina 29745

Clerk of Court
1675 1G York Highway
P.O. Box 649
York, SC 29745
Phone: 803-628-3036
Court and land records

Probate Court
1 East Liberty Street
P.O. Box 219
York, SC 29745
Phone: 803-684-8513
Probate and marriage records

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday


The county is named after York County, Pennsylvania.[1] The county is the site of the Revolutionary War Battle of King's Mountain.

County Pronunciation

  1. Hear it spoken[2]

Parent County

1785--York County was created in 1785 from Pickney District.
County seat: York [3]

Boundary Changes

"Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the My South Carolina Genealogy website. The maps rely on AniMap 3.0 software.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890


Populated Places

Beauty Spot (hist.) Deas Mill Hopewell Old Point Station
Belmont (hist.) Delphia India Hook Red River
Bethany Ebenezer Lake Wylie Riverview
Bethel (hist.) Filbert Lakewood Rock Hill
Bowling Green Forest Lake Lesslie Roddey
Borax (hist.) Fort Mill McConnells Sharon
Boyd Hill Friendship Mexico Smyrna
Bullock Creek Gould (hist.) Miller Crossing Sutton Spring (hist.)
Catawba Guthries Nauvassee (hist.) Tega Cay
Clover Harmony Newport Tirzah
Concord Hickory Grove Ogden York
Cotton (hist.) Hoodtown

For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to Populated Places, York County, South Carolina

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee | Chester | Cleveland County, North Carolina | Gaston County, North Carolina | Lancaster | Mecklenburg County, North Carolina | Union


Research Guides

African Americans

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There are more than # burial grounds in the county. To view a list, see York County, South Carolina Cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1790 6,604
1800 10,250 55.2%
1810 10,032 −2.1%
1820 14,936 48.9%
1830 17,790 19.1%
1840 18,383 3.3%
1850 19,433 5.7%
1860 21,502 10.6%
1870 24,286 12.9%
1880 30,713 26.5%
1890 38,831 26.4%
1900 41,684 7.3%
1910 47,718 14.5%
1920 50,536 5.9%
1930 53,418 5.7%
1940 58,663 9.8%
1950 71,596 22.0%
1960 78,760 10.0%
1970 85,216 8.2%
1980 106,720 25.2%
1990 131,497 23.2%
2000 164,614 25.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of York County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see South Carolina Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See South Carolina Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

See York County, SC census assignments, including links to transcribed files [The USGenWeb Census Project®]

1820 Manufactures

The original manufactures schedules for South Carolina are kept at the NARA, Washington, D.C. FHL copies: FHL Collection 1024517 - 1024518.

Published abstract:

  • National Archives. Indexes to Manufactures Census of 1820. 1920; reprint, Knightstown, Ind.: Bookmark, 1977. FHL Collection 973 X2m 1820; digital version at Lineages. [Includes this county.]
1840 Revolutionary War Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1841. FHL Collection 973 X2pc 1840; FHL Collection 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See South Carolina, York District on page 144.]

Census takers uncharacteristically recorded the birth town or county of residents this census year.[4]

The returns have been published by local experts:

  • Owens, Jo Roberts and Ruth Dickson Thomas. 1850 Federal Census, York District, South Carolina: Schedule 1, Free Inhabitants; Schedule 2, Slave Inhabitants; Schedule 3, Mortality. York, S.C.: n.p., 1987. FHL Collection 975.743 X2o 1850


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Catawba
  • Rock Hill



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More than 25 genealogies have been published about York County families. To view a list, visit York County, South Carolina Genealogy.


Plats For State Land Grants 1784-1868

This series consists of recorded copies of plats for state land grants for the Charleston and the Columbia Series with their certificates of admeasurement or certification.  All personal names and geographic features on these plats are included in the repository's On-line Index to Plats for State Land Grants

The South Carolina Constitution of 1790 required the surveyor general to maintain offices in both the new capital at Columbia and in Charleston. The surveyor general began to use separate volumes for recording plats in his Columbia office in 1796. Before that, all plats were recorded in the set of volumes begun in Charleston in 1784. After 1796, most plats for land grants in the Upper Division of the state were recorded and filed in Columbia. The surveyor general chose to make the Columbia volumes a continuation of the state plat volumes begun in Charleston and gave the initial Columbia volume the number thirty-six to correspond with the number of the volume that had then been reached in the Charleston series. As a result, there are volumes numbered thirty-six through forty-three from each office, but the records in them are not duplicative.

Also included are the Plan Books containing Plats and Plans.

Local Histories



Early migration routes to and from York County for European settlers included:[5]


Many veterans have lived in York County over the years. The Battle of King's Mountain has generated a great deal of interest in York County military history. York County, South Carolina Military discusses the area's military records and histories.

Civil War
  • York County South Carolina in the Civil War, (accessed 25 Mar 2011).  Links for units with York County connections, pension list, census list, maps, etc.
  • York County Board of Honor. Confederate Pension Records, 1896-1964. (Columbia, South Carolina : Filmed by the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, 1973). Prior to 1929 the Pension Board created the confederate pension records. Some years are mixed. 2 FHL Microfilms.  Includes: Approved pension roll books 1896-1962 , Pension application papers: veterans 1919-1940, Pension application papers: widows 1919-1938 and Pension list 1945-1964. Microfilm copies at FHL 1028995



The Library of Congress has identified the following historic newspapers for York County, South Carolina on their Chronicling America website. For publication details, including dates of publication, frequency, preceding and succeeding titles, and to find out which libraries have holdings, click on the newspaper title.



Tap into the minds of local experts. Editors of genealogical periodicals publish unique sources that researchers new to their area may not encounter. Periodicals at various levels (county, region, and state) may carry articles useful to research in this area. For this county, see:

  • Broad River Notebook


Probate is the “court procedure by which a will is proved to be valid or invalid” and encompasses “all matters and proceedings pertaining to the administration of estates, guardianships, etc.”[6] Various types of records are created throughout the probate process. These may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information see probate records in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has  microfilms or typescripts of wills, inventories, bills of sale, power of attorneys, bonds, notes, administrations, judgments, and sales records. They have placed Will Transcriptions for 1782 to 1855 online. Index searchable by name and the image is available.


  • Taxation in County, 1865-1871, Broad River Notebook, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar. 1997).
Original sources

Various nineteenth-century tax records survive and are held at the county courthouse, including:

Published abstracts
  • [1840] Slaveholders Tax, 1840, York County Genealogical and Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Dec. 1997).
  • [1858] Tax Returns, 1858, York District, Broad River Notebook, Vol. 5, No. 1 (Mar. 1996).
  • [1864] Tax List 1864, available online, courtesy: SCGenWeb.
  • [1865] Tax List 1865, available online, courtesy: SCGenWeb.
  • [1866] Tax List 1866, available online, courtesy: SCGenWeb.
  • [1867] Yorkville Tax Schedule, 1867, York County Genealogical and Historical Society Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Dec. 2000).
  • [1868] Tax Return, 1868, includes taxes on gold watches and carriages, Broad River Notebook, a serial article in the following issues: (Sep. 1998); (Dec. 1998); (Mar. 1999); (Jun. 1999); (Sep. 1999).
  • [1869] Tax, Piano owners in the county, 1869, Broad River Notebook (Sep. 1997).

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, and death records were not recorded by South Carolina until the 1900s, thus leaving a lack of vital records. Substitute records, when available, are used to obtain this information. These substitute records including newspapers, court records have been added to this section, when applicable.


State-wide birth registration began in 1915. For a copy of a birth from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The York County Health Department also has copies but they provide only an abbreviated form with limited information. For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.


In South Carolina, marriage licenses were not required by local governments until 1 July 1911. However, in the 1700s, the Church of England parish churches were required to record all marriages - even if the couple were not members of the denomination. Not all churches recorded these marriages and some have not survived. See South Carolina Vital Records for more information.

The York County probate court holds marriage licenses issued from 1 July 1911 to the present. Statewide registration of marriages began in July 1950 and the South Carolina Division of Vital Records has copies of licenses issued after 1 July 1950 through November 2009.

Newspapers are used as a substitute to locate marriage information. See South Carolina Newspapers.

Marriages and Marriage Substitutes - Indexes


State-wide death registration began in 1915. For a copy of the death certificates from 1915 or later, contact the South Carolina Department of Health. The York County Health Department only has copies for deaths occurring in the last 5 years.  For more information, see the South Carolina Vital Records page.

Deaths and Death Substitutes - Indexes and Records

Archives, Libraries, and Museums


York County Library

York County has a library system that includes five library locations and a bookmobile. There is a Local History area dedicated to local history and genealogy resources at the Main Library in Rock Hill. The county library contains a wealth of genealogy resources and local history resources about York County, South Carolina and the Catawba Indians. Their resources also include newspaper articles, typed manuscripts, photographs, and electronic databases. Many have been digitized and access is provided through the library's website. Of particilar interest to genealogists are their genealogy and history offerings.

Genealogy: Library patrons can access websites such as Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online. There are resources for African American genealogy, local cemetery listings, and more.

History The York County Library has newspaper articles, an obituary index, typed manuscripts, photographs, and electronic databases. Many if the historical records mentioned here are digitized and available through the library's website.

York County Library, Rock Hill
138 East Black St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Telephone: (803) 981-5858
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Sunday (September - May): 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Clover Public Library
107 Knox St.
Clover, SC 29710
Telephone: (803) 222-3474
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Fort Mill Public Library
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Telephone: (803) 547-4114
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Lake Wylie Public Library
185 Blucher Circle
Lake Wylie, SC 29710
Telephone: (803) 831-7774
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed

York Public Library

21 East Liberty St.
York, SC 29745
Telephone: (803) 684-3751
Business Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sunday: Closed

Societies - Genealogical, Historical, Lineage


York County Historical Society
P.O. Box 3061 Crs
Rock Hill SC 29732
source: Society Hill

Family History Centers

Family History Centers in South Carolina

Web Sites

Wikipedia has more about this subject: York County, South Carolina


  1. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  2. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Alycon Trubey Pierce, "In Praise of Errors Made by Census Enumerators," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 1 (March 1993):51-55. FHL Book 973 B2ng
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 847-61. (FHL Book 973 D27e 2002) WorldCat entry., and William E. Myer, Indian Trails of the Southeast. (Nashville, Tenn.: Blue and Gray Press, 1971), 12-14, and the book's pocket map "The Trail System of the Southeastern United States in the Early Colonial Period" (1923). (FHL Book 970.1 M992i) WorldCat entry.
  6. Henry Campbell Black, Black's Law Dictionary, 5th ed. (St. Paul, Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1979), 1081, "probate."
  7. Langdon, Barbara R., York County Marriages, 1770-1869, Implied in York County, South Carolina Probate Records, Aiken, SC: B.R. Langdon, c1983.
  8. West, Charles D., All Names Copied from York County, South Carolina Newspapers, 1800's, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978.
  9. Holcomb, Brent H., comp. York, South Carolina, Newspapers Marriage and Death Notices, 1823-1865. Spartanburg, SC, USA: Reprint Co., 1989.
  10. West, Charles D., All Names Copied from York County, South Carolina Newspapers, 1800's, Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1978.
  11. Ancestry.com. South Carolina Death Records, 1821-1955 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: South Carolina. South Carolina death records. Columbia, SC, USA: South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  12. Holcomb, Brent H., comp. York, South Carolina, Newspapers Marriage and Death Notices, 1823-1865. Spartanburg, SC, USA: Reprint Co., 1989.