Columbia, South Carolina

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Community Areas

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Communities in Columbia

Arsenal Hall • Ashley Hall • Ashley Place • Brandon Hall • Brandon Acres/Cedar Terrace • Congaree Vista • Cottontown /Bellevue Historic District • Earlewood • East Lake • Eau Claire • Elmwood Park • Five Points • Forest Acres • Forest Hills • Granby Mill VIllage • Gregg Park • Heathwood • Heritage Woods • Hollywood-Rose Hill • Kilbourne Park • King's Grant • Lake Carolina • Laurel Hill • Long Creek Plantation • Magnolia Hall • Martin Luther King (Valley Park) • Melrose Heights • Old Shandon • Olympia Mill Villiage • Robert Mills Historic Neighborhood • Rosewood • Sherwood Forest • Shandon • The Summit • Spring Valley • University Hill • Wales Garden • Historic Waverly • Villages at Longtown • Wheeler Hill • WIldeWood • Winchester • Winslow • Woodcreek Farms • The Woodlands • Yorkshire


Archives, Libraries, and Museums


South Carolina Department of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29229
Telephone: 803-896-6100
Fax: 803-896-6198
Online Research
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


South Carolina State Library
1500 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 734-8666
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm, Monday - Friday
Closed on state holidays
Website and Catalogs

University of South Carolina
Departments and Collections

Richland Library - Main

To learn more about resources on site and upcoming events see this Wiki article under construction: Walker Local and Family History Center.

Walker  Local and Family History Center 
1431 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Telephone: (803)799-9084
Richland Library: Website
Regular Hours:
Mon-Thu: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Fri-Sat: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sun: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
The expert librarians in the Walker Local History Room, located in the Main Library, offer personal concierge service for customers interested in genealogy, history or city records.  See Genealogy Resources.


U.S. Army Basic Combat Training Museum is an official Army museum located on Fort Jackson just outside of Columbia, SC. The museum's 7,500+ square feet of exhibit space are dedicated to telling the story of how training in the U.S. Army has developed since 1917 when Fort Jackson, then known as Camp Jackson, first opened.

Building 4442, Jackson Blvd
Ft Jackson, SC 29207
Website and Research

McKissick Museum
College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina
816 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7251

SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
301 Gervais St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
(803) 737-8095
Website and Research

South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
(803) 898-4921
WebsiteCollections, and Exhibits



The Penitentiary Cemetery (Chicora)

List of Cemeteries in Columbia and Richland County by Vernon E. Kirkpatrick (SCIWAY)



Columbia City Directories (Richland Library and University of South Carolina Libraries):  Search Columbia City Directories from 1859 for residents and businesses.


Land and Property


Military History and Records


The Library Obituary Index contains obituary and death notice information from the Columbia, SC newspapers. Richland Library maintains an index of obituaries and death notices from the local newspapers listed here.  

Probate Records

Societies and Organizations

Columbia Chapter South Carolina Genealogical Society
Chapter meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m. at the
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC.
No meeting is held in July.

Historic Columbia Foundation
1601 Richland Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Website and Blog
The mission of the Historic Columbia Foundation is to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation.


Vital Records 




Ethnic Research

African American





  1. "A Brief History of Columbia," The City of Columbia. Retrieved May 31, 2013