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This collection includes indexes and finding aids for historical and genealogical information pertaining to Columbia, Richland County, and the Midlands. In addition, Local History staff maintain a guide to relevant subject indexes and finding aids available both from Richland Library as well as from other institutions focusing on local history and genealogy in the area. As more indexes and finding aids are created or found, they will be added to this guide.


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Local Obituary and Periodicals Index


The Walker Local and Family History Center has a searchable index of obituaries and articles from local newspapers and periodicals, including The State, Columbia Record, Columbia Daily Register, The Palmetto Leader, Sandlapper, and others. Additional items are added to the index on a regular basis. Copies of obituaries and articles found in the index can be ordered from Local History.


Special Collections Finding Aids


The Walker Local and Family History Center also has finding aids for special collections held by the library. Check out our special collections in the catalog.


Guide to Subject Indexes


Local History staff have curated a comprehensive guide to subject indexes and finding aids pertaining to local and family history in Columbia, Richland County, and the Midlands. Some of these indexes and finding aids are available in the Local History Digital Collections, while others are provided by other institutions and have been credited as such.

  • Columbia Mayors and Intendants
    This index lists mayors and intendants of Columbia with dates of service.
  • Gills Creek Historical Timeline .
    This timeline was developed by Local History librarians and is available on the website for the Gills Creek Watershed Association.
  • Index to 1868 Voter Registration for Richland County (S.C.)
    (Available sorted by name and sorted by location)
    This is an index to the Richland County section of "Abstracts of voter registrations reported to the military government, 1868." The abstracts record the name and race of each voter. The index has been sorted by both surname and location. The entire collection of these abstracts are available in 8 volumes or 4 microfilm reels from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  • Index to 19th Regiment, Field Artillery Replacement Depot, Camp Jackson, S.C.
    This is an alphabetical index of the 19th Regiment Field Artillery Replacement Depot roster. An all-black unit, it formed on July 28, 1918, at Camp Jackson in Columbia, S.C. The unit disbanded on December 3, 1918 following the Armistice. An original copy of the regimental history is only available at Fort Sill, OK.
  • Index to affidavits to prove marriages prior to June 30, 1911
    Index of petitions and signed affidavits to prove marriages prior to June 30, 1911. Information generally includes names of the bride and groom, race, date of the marriage, names and signatures of persons attesting to the marriage, and date of the affidavit. After July 1, 1911, the probate judge was required to keep a record of marriages. Delayed certificates for marriages performed before that date could be obtained on oath of the clergy or witnesses who either saw the marriage ceremony, were informed that the marriage had taken place, or knew that the couple lived together as husband and wife.
  • Prince Surname File
    The Beiman Otis Prince surname file collection was donated to Richland Library in 2010. This index provides a list of names found in the Prince Surname Files. These files were compiled by Prince during his work as a professional genealogist and contain family charts, notes and miscellaneous collected materials. The files can be viewed in the Walker Local and Family History Center.
  • Randolph Cemetery Survey
    Also available: Historic Randolph Cemetery website .
    Randolph Cemetery is a historic African-American burial ground in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2007, a group of non-profit organizations received grant funding in order to map and identify graves in the cemetery. This survey provides a listing of inscriptions including names of the deceased, dates of birth and death, and photographs of the grave sites.
  • Richland County Historical Resources - May 2017 Report
    Funded by the Richland County Conservation Commission this report provides an inventory of available primary and secondary sources on Richland County history.
  • Russell Maxey Envelope Inventory
    The Russell Maxey Photograph Collection includes over 7000 negatives, but only a selection of these images has been digitized to date. An inventory has been created by Local History staff of the envelopes in which Maxey's negatives were kept. These envelopes were labelled with titles and dates by Maxey himself. The inventory includes all images in the collection, including those not yet digitized.
  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History - Online Records Index .
    An index to over 300,000 items in the State Archives collection that is searchable by name, location, or topic. The index covers only a small portion of the entire Archives collection, but includes State land grants, antebellum will transcripts, Legislative papers, Confederate service records, and more. This index also contains some scanned images of original documents and is an invaluable source for researchers.
  • South Carolina State Hospital Cemetery Survey Index
    This index identifies interments by name, race, place of birth, date of death, and cemetery for nearly 9,000 patients who were buried by the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, the South Carolina State Hospital for the Insane, and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. The original patient records for the State Hospital and Department of Mental Health are at the South Carolina State Archives.
  • W.P.A. typescripts of tombstone inscriptions at the South Caroliniana Library
    A list of cemeteries arranged by county that are included in the W.P.A. transcripts of tombstone inscriptions in South Carolina. The cemeteries were surveyed by the Federal Works Progress Administration during the 1930s. The typescripts prepared by the WPA are on microfiche and available in the Walker Local and Family History Center at Richland Library.
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