The Columbia (Periodical)

The Columbia, a quarterly created and edited by Arthur C.M. Kelly, founder of Kinship Books, includes rare and essential record extracts and transcriptions from Columbia County and nearby areas. Individual issues cover a wide range of materials documenting families who lived in (and around) Columbia County in the 1700s and 1800s.

Keep in mind that these materials were originally serialized, meaning that a specific record set will often continue in subsequent issues.

All available volumes can be queried by searching from this page. Researchers must note that not all volumes of The Columbia are available online at the moment. We will have this collection fully accessible soon.

Collection Category: Periodicals|Collection Type: OCR|Location: Columbia County

Issues of The Columbia contain a variety of extracted and transcribed records from Columbia County and beyond—many of which cannot be found anywhere else online. These materials often represent previously unpublished records from private individuals, churches, and other record holders. 

Materials include:

  • Cemetery records,
  • Church records
  • Bible records
  • Church membership lists
  • Tax and assessment lists
  • State and federal censuses
  • Family papers 
  • Guardianship papers
  • Military records
  • Minute books

These volumes are text searchable—searches entered from this page will query issues currently in this collection. The images can also be browsed.