Columbia Maryland Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.
Exterior of the Columbia Maryland Family History Center. Red arrow points to door (red oval).

The Columbia Maryland Family History Center is convenient for people in Columbia, Ellicott City, and surrounding towns, but people from anywhere are invited to visit and use our facilities.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address:

  • 4251 Columbia Rd Ellicott City MD 21042 United States
  • Located in the basement of the church building at 4100 St Johns Lane, Ellicott City, MD
  • Enter from the church's lower parking lot at 4251 Columbia Road, Ellicott City.
  • Languages: English, plus (at designated times) Spanish, Korean and Chinese

Phone:

  • 1-410-465-1642

E-mail: md_columbia@ldsmail.net


Hours Open to the Public:

  • Monday 9 am-2pm
  • Tuesday 9 am-2 pm and
    • 7 pm-9 pm
      • First Tuesdays Korean emphasis
      • Second Tuesdays Chinese emphasis
  • Wednesday 9 am-2 pm and 7 pm-9 pm
  • Thursday 9 am-2 pm and 7 pm-9 pm (First Thursday only)
  • Friday 7 pm-9 pm Spanish emphasis (First Friday Only)
  • Saturday 9 am-12 noon

Holiday Closings for 2017:

  • May 29, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day
  • Nov. 22,evening Thanksgiving Eve (closes at 2pm)
  • Nov. 23, Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 18-1 Jan, Christmas break

The center will be closed when Howard County schools are closed due to inclement weather or when school evening or Saturday activities are cancelled due to the weather. If Howard County schools open late because of the weather, the Center may also open late; call 410-465-1642 before coming to make sure that staff members are present and say that the Center is open.

Get Help at Our Center

Any time that the Center is open, one of the volunteer staff members should be able to help you with most family history situations.

We highly recommend that you bring a flashdrive and a notebook with you to the Center to be able to take home what you find and keep notes on what you accomplish and what you would like to do next.

Appointments can also be arranged and are especially useful if you would like help with a specialized topic. Request an appointment by sending an email to MD_Columbia@ldsmail.net. Specify if you would like to come on a weekday, Tuesday or Wednesday night, or Saturday. Choose any family history topic, and at least one of our Center staff members may be able to help you. Some options are:

  1. Getting started with family history
  2. Online resources such as FamilySearch and Ancestry.com
  3. Creating a family tree at FamilySearch Family Tree
  4. Putting a photograph on FamilySearch Family Tree
  5. Copying slides onto a flash drive
  6. Genealogy software such as Ancestral Quest, Legacy, and Roots Magic
  7. Adoption research--finding information about birth relatives
  8. Information about DNA testing
  9. Records at the Library of Congress, Maryland Archives, and National Archives
  10. Countries such as Canada (including French Canadian, Ontario, and Saskatchewan), China (including Chinese character records for Japan), England, Germany (including old German script), Ireland, Italy, Korea, Poland, Romania, Russian language, Scotland, Swiss-Italian (Latin) Switzerland, Ukraine, etc.
  11. Most U.S. states, including specialties such as California Gold Rush, Mennonite, early New England, Pennsylvania Dutch (German Baptist Brethren), Quaker, etc.

Center Resources

Databases and Software

The center's Family History Center Portal page gives free access to premium family history websites which generally charge for subscriptions, including Ancestry.com, Find My Past, Newspaper Archive, Fold3, and ProQuest Obituary Listings.

Hardware and Equipment

Microfilm and Microfiche Machines in the Columbia Maryland Family History Center

The center has ten personal computers with high speed Internet access, four laser printers, five microfilm readers, two microfiche readers, and a photocopier/scanner for microfilm and microfiche. There are also two flatbed scanners, one of which can capture 16 35mm slides at a time and copy the images to a flash drive. There is also a multi-purpose copier/printer/scanner that can copy pictures and documents directly into the user's gallery in FamilySearch or to a flashdrive.

Reference Library at the Columbia Maryland Family History Center
FamilySearch Catalog: This center may have various microfilm and fiche from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. (See a list of our holdings by clicking on "Long term Microfilm and microfiche" below)

Reference Library:

The center has more than 1500 genealogy books, more than 1500 long-term microfilm, and more than 1800 microfiche. To search one of our center's collections, click on the link, then use "Edit Find Replace". Enter the search term, such as "Jefferson County", then search.

Books in the Columbia Maryland Family History Center

Books Here

Long term microfilm and microfiche in the Columbia Maryland Family History Center

Long term microfilm and microfiche

A more complete description of some of the microfilms and microfiche can be found by going to FamilySearch Catalog Search.

Staff Research Help

Several of our staff members teach college classes in family history research. Others have decades of experience with their own family history research and with helping others.

Resources in the Local Area

Howard County Genealogical Society Website
Howard County Historical Society Website
Howard County Library Website
Genealogy Courses at Howard County Community College Continuing Education, Non-Credit Courses Website
Maryland State Archives Website
Maryland Historical Society Website
Anne Arundel Genealogical Society Website
Baltimore County Genealogical Society Website
Daughters of the American Revolution Library Website
Library of Congress Website
National Archives and Records Administration Website

Fun Links

Donald Duck Family Tree
Greek Gods Family Tree
Roman Gods Family Tree


Other Links

New Links

Includes biographies of first 108 Pilgrims and a place for living descendants to register.

Keep checking back as the project continues to document all US Marriages 17th - 20th Century.

Help for Temple and Family History Consultants

In-service Newsletters

"How-To" Files

  1. TeamViewer Instructions
  2. Changing Language settings in FamilySearch
  3. HP 4890 Scanner Instructions (for 35mm slides)
  4. Canon microfilm/microfiche reader instructions (with the FHC-SCAN computer)
  5. Record Development Flow
  6. Billiongraves.com and Findagrave.com
  7. How to document marriages from the IGI

Links

Research in Maryland

Howard County, Maryland Genealogy

Volunteer at the Center

If you may be interested in becoming a volunteer at the Columbia Maryland Family History Center or if you have suggestions for our website, please send an email to md_columbia@ldsmail.net.