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York County

When was York County, SC Created?
York County was established on 1798 from Camden District. The county was named for York County, Pennsylvania.

What is the County Seat of York County, SC?
The County Seat of government is situated in York plus the county government website is www.yorkcountygov.com/

What counties are adjacent to York County, SC?
Bordering counties are Gaston County, North Carolina (north), Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (northeast), Lancaster County (east), Chester County (south), Union County (southwest), Cherokee County (west), Cleveland County, North Carolina (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in York County include Rock Hill, Tega Cay, York, Clover, Fort Mill, Hickory Grove, McConnells, Sharon, Smyrna.


York County, SC Vital Records

Where can find York County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
York County vital records can be found at the South Carolina Department of Health has copies of birth records after 1913 and death records after 1930, copies of marriage since Jan 1962 and a Divorce records since 1958. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in South Carolina for current fees and application process.

York County Health Department has birth and death records from January 01, 1915. Marriage records prior to 1950 are available from the Probate Court office. Divorce records since April 1949 are available from the County Clerk's office. There were no South Carolina birth or Death "certificates" before January 01, 1915

You can search online for York County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for South Carolina Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.


York County, SC Census Records

What York County, SC census records are available?
County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to aid in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

York Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. York Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. York Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. York Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. One can find free downloadable not to mention printable census forms to help you with your research.


York County, SC Courthouse and Government Records


York County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the York County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in York County. The dates suggested below are the first recognized records data with this county.

  • York County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2 South Congress Street, York, South Carolina 29745
  • York County Clerk of Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.
    • Address: 1 East Liberty Street, P.O. Box 219, York, SC 29745
    • Phone: 803-684-8513
    • Marriage Records: 1911 
    • Probate Records: 1786
  • York County Clerk of Court / Register of Deeds is divided into General Sessions (Criminal) and Common Pleas (Civil) Court. The Circuit Court is a formal court of record. The Clerk of Court is also responsible for Family Court which handles juvenile and domestic cases. Also records and maintain deeds, mortgages, plats, state and federal tax liens, mechanics liens, uniform commercial code filings, and other miscellaneous documents pertaining to real estate transactions.
    • Address: 1675 1G York Highway, P.O. Box 649, York, SC 29745
    • Phone: 803-628-3036
    • Land Records: 1786
    • Court Records: 1786
    • Divorce Records:since April 1949
  • York County Tax Assessor / Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. Our office does not calculate a property’s taxable value (Assessor’s Office).

York County, SC Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for York County, SC?
A list of York County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives.

Where can I connect with other York County, SC Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in York County, SC?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to York County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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York Co. SC Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

York Co. SC Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

York Co. SC General and History Websites

York Co. SC Immigration & Naturalization

York Co. SC Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

York Co. SC Military Records

York Co. SC Schools & Directories

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