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Welcome to our Richland County, South Carolina site, where we will try to post as much data online as possible in order to make it freely available to all. We gratefully accept contributions of raw data such as census information, marriage/birth/death records, obituaries, county histories, biographies, old newspaper items - anything that would help someone build their family tree!!

Many thanks to Dean Long for his contributions as host to this site. Until we get a new volunteer host, please send any data contributions to our State host,
Dena and she'll make sure they get put online.

We regret that we are unable to do personal research

2014 updates - Biographies
South Carolina College - students and staff for years, 1841, 1843, 1845
SCU, 1839 - Students and Staff
Theological Seminary Graduates for 1833 & 1839
Some Historical Schools, State Normal School 1874


Jessamine                                   Richland County                                Jessamine

Richland County was created in 1785 when the decision to move the state capitol from Charleston to a more central location was made. The site chosen for the city of Columbia, the state capital and county seat, was one the the plantations of Col. Thomas Taylor, Richland. The new capitol city was located near the Congaree River, which is formed from the confluence of the Saluda and Broad Rivers. With the addition of the Columbia Canal between 1819 and 1824 made the city more accessible. The city flourished and with the founding of South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, in 1801, the city became the largest inland city by 1860, population 8,000. Richland County was now a central player in the economy of South Carolina and had become a regional hub of commerce. The railroad followed in 1842, prompting further growth and development.

The city of Columbia, named for Christopher Columbus, was laid out in a grid pattern of 400 square blocks. Houses had to be a minimum of 18 feet wide and 30 feet long. The two through streets and the perimeter streets were laid out at 150 feet wide as the belief of the time was that a mosquito couldn't fly more than 60 feet without dying of starvation. Most of those streets, although some of the names have changed, are still intact. Her streets are named after politicians, war heroes, and their Colonial contemporaries. The names Sumter, Marion, Gervais, Laurens, Gregg, Pickens, Greene, to name a few are all important names in South Carolina and United States history. 






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Newberry County -- Lexington County -- Fairfield County -- Sumter County

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