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

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:

  • 4251 Columbia Road   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.
  • Location on Map

Phone:  410-465-1642


Open Hours:

  • Monday     9am - 2pm
  • Tuesday     9am - 2pm   7pm - 9pm
  • Wednesday 9am - 2pm    7pm - 9pm
  • Thursday    9am - 2pm 
  • Saturday     9 am - 12pm

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

2014 Holiday Closings:
May 26 - Memorial Day
July 4 is on a Friday, when the Center is normally closed anyway.
September 1 - Labor Day
November 27 - Thanksgiving
December 22 - January 1, 2015 - Christmas/New Year's Break

Center Resources 

Databases and Software

The center's Family History Center Portal page gives free access to 15 premium family history websites which generally charge for subscriptions, including, Find My Past, Access Newspaper Archive, Fold3, and Heritage Quest.

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, a microfilm scanner, four laser printers, ten microfilm readers, two microfiche readers, and a photocopier.

Reference Library at the Columbia Maryland Family History Center
Family History Library Catalog: Any microfilms and microfiches that you order online from the Family History Library Catalog can be sent to the Columbia Maryland Family History Center for your viewing. 

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 A thru M

Books N thru Z

Short term microfilm in the Columbia Maryland Family History Center

Short term microfilm

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

Long term microfilm and microfiche

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Staff Research Specialties

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.  Staff specialties include the following areas:
Canadian (especially Ontario)

Resources in the Local Area 

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


Research in Maryland

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