Answered By: Margaret Dunlap
Last Updated: Jul 26, 2018     Views: 30

Richland Library can help you research your Columbia or South Carolina ancestors. There is a collection local books, newspaper clippings, historic directories and more in the Walker Local and Family History Center located on the first level of Richland Library Main. Local newspapers are available on microfilm at the Main library.

If you have a library card, you can access South Carolina Historical Newspapers, Accessible Archives, or Heritage Quest from home by going to "Research it" and then "Genealogy." Anyone in our libraries can also use Ancestry Library Edition.

Richland Library can provide copies of obituaries from local newspapers for a fee of $5 per obituary. Search our obituary index to see if we have an obituary or death notice for your ancestor in our newspaper collections.

Also, check out the Local History Digital Collection, which contains a collection of Columbia City Directories, Confederate rosters and other unique local resources. This is freely available to anyone, no card required.

And finally, the manager of the Walker Local and Family History Center maintains the Dead Librarian blog with links to several online South Carolina genealogical resources.