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====== Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina<br> ======
The Richland County Public Library has <u>''The Palmetto Leader ''</u>on microfilm.&nbsp; <u>''The Palmetto Leader ''</u>was an African-American newspaper.&nbsp; It contains articles submitted by individuals and churches from many counties across the state.&nbsp; Only the obituaries have been indexed and the index is available online.
<br> [ Obituary Index] <br>This database contains obituary and death notice information from the Columbia, SC newspapers:
1. ''The State '' (1892-1928, 1940,1950-1955,1958-1979)<br>2. ''The Palmetto Leader ''(1925-1928, 1930, January-April 1931); Columbia's foremost African-American paper<br>
3. Obituary Index to '''The State ''' for World War II servicemen killed in action (1941-1949)
Click here to access the index: [ Obituary Index]<br>
&nbsp;''<u>The Palmetto Leader </u>'' on microfilm covers more years than are actually indexed. It is a valuable source for those who had ancestors who attended Allen University, Benedict, and those who had ancestors who were active in AME, AME Zion, or Baptist churches.&nbsp; Even information about social engagements and relatives visiting from the North was documented.&nbsp; <br>   ===== Proven Strategy:&nbsp; ===== Select a time period for which your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Search the microfilmed record of <u>''The Palmetto Leader'' </u>covering the life span of your ancestor.&nbsp; Look for birth marriage and death notices.&nbsp; Read all the articles which were generated in the county where your ancestor lived.&nbsp; Read the articles which give information about the church and schools your ancestor attended.&nbsp; Be sure to also search <u>''The State''</u> newspaper Obituary Index.
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