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Guide to Richland County, South Carolina Genealogy ancestry, family history and genealogy court records, deeds, maps, immigration, maps, military records, newspapers, obituaries, plantations, probate records, slaves, local archives, libraries, museums, churches, cemeteries, and Civil War records.


Richland County, South Carolina
Map of South Carolina highlighting Richland County
Location in the state of South Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Carolina
Location of South Carolina in the U.S.
Founded 1799
County Seat Columbia

Richland County Resources

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Richland County was probably named for its "rich land." The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

Richland County, South Carolina Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1915 1911 1915 1793 1865 1787 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1915. General compliance by 1918.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Fairfield CountyKershaw CountySumter CountyCalhoun CountyLexington CountyNewberry CountySC RICHLAND.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Richland Judicial Center

Richland County Courthouse
1701 Main Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Clerk of Court
1701 Main St., Room 205
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: 803-576-1950

Probate Court
1701 Main St. Suite 207
Columbia, SC 29201
Court Records

Register of Deeds
1701 Main St.
P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: 803-576-1910
Land Records, Probate and Marriage Records

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

Historical Facts[edit | edit source]

The county is named after its rich soil.[3]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1799--Richland County was created in 1799 from Kershaw District.
County seat: Columbia [4]

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

  1. Hear it spoken[5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating South Carolina county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation South Carolina County Boundary Maps" (1682-1987) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]


  • A fire during the federal occupation of Columbia in February 1865 destroyed the courthouse and most of the records in it. Most of the equity and probate records, however, had been safely removed. Deed books suffered heavy record losses. Records of Columbia Equity Circuit District are housed in Richland County.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Arcadia Lakes Columbia
Garners Quarter (hist.)
Arthurtown Congaree Township Hilton
Saint Andrews
Ballentine Crane Forest
Hollywood Hills
McCrearys Quarter (hist.)
Belmont Denny Terrace
Blythewood Dentsville
Horrel Hill
Spring Hill
Boney Dutch Fork Independents
New Dublin (hist.)
State Park
Bookman Eastover
Boyden Arbor Eau Claire
Olympia Mills Weddell
Bruner English (hist.)
Langfords Crossroads
Butchertown (hist.) Fairwold
Pleasant (hist.)
White Rock
Calla (hist.) Frost
Lever (hist.)
Cedar Creek Gadsden
Lisbon (hist.)

For further information (and links) on these populated places, please go to Populated Places, Richland County, South Carolina

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Calhoun | Fairfield | Kershaw | Lexington | Newberry | Sumter

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
SCGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
SCGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See South Carolina Cemeteries for more information.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Richland, South Carolina," in,_South_Carolina. accessed 15/07/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Richland County, South Carolina. Page 611-615 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 607-608.
  3. "List of counties in South Carolina," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Voice of Phillip Stalvey, resident of Myrtle Beach, S.C. (2011).