Of course I’m going, and here’s my dish: The Richland County Library (South Carolina) website
The Richland County Library website has fantastic resources for family history research. To name a few:
An online obituary index for Columbia, SC area obituaries. Copies of obituaries can be requested via email, too.
South Carolina Historical Newspapers Collections. If you have a library card, you can access the newspapers yourself including printing on your own printer. I have an out-of-county library card, and I use this resource regularly to read and print articles and obits.
The Otis Prince surname files. A collection of nearly 2000 surnames Prince researched while writing books and articles about Richland County history. If the file is small enough, the librarians will even scan the pages and send them to patrons via email.
This is by far my favorite resource. The website is easy to use, and the staff is always helpful and polite when I call them. I have yet to visit this library in person, but it’s in my plans.
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