Genealogy

SEARCHING BURIAL RECORDS

Riverdale, Porterdale and East Porterdale Burial Records

The City of Columbus maintains a database of interments in Riverdale, Porterdale and East Porterdale
Cemeteries. This database is a work in progress.

Other Columbus-Area Cemeteries

Historic Linwood Foundation
An organization dedicated to the preservation of Columbus’s oldest cemetery.

Historic Linwood Cemetery Database
A database of individuals buried in Linwood Cemetery.

African-American Cemeteries – Covers Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Schley and
Sumter Counties in Georgia and Russell County, Alabama.

Muscogee County Cemeteries – List of cemeteries in Muscogee County, with location
information, posted by the Chattahoochee Valley Cemetery Society

Find-A-Grave – Includes entries (some with photographs) for various cemeteries in Muscogee
and surrounding counties.

LINKS TO LOCAL HISTORY/GENEALOGY WEB SITES

Researchers with roots in Columbus, Georgia, may also want to visit the following websites:

Muscogee Genealogical Society
This is the genealogical society for the Columbus area. It holds meetings 4 times a year and
publishes a journal, Muscogiana, twice a year. There is a cumulative index to the journal from 1989 to
2007 on the webpage.

Columbus State University Archives
The Columbus State University Archives houses an extensive local history collection, comprised
on manuscripts, records, photographs, architectural drawings and newspapers relating to Columbus
history.

Columbus Public Library, Local History and Genealogy Room Click on “Genealogy”
The CPL Genealogy Room contains a comprehensive collection of published materials on
the history of Columbus. Its book collection also treats the South and Eastern Seaboard. It also has
extensive microfilm copies of records for Muscogee and surrounding counties. Its webpage contains a
few locally-generated databases.

US Genweb, Muscogee County, Georgia
This web site contains a wide variety of materials related to genealogical research in the
Columbus, Georgia, area.

Historic Columbus Foundation
The HCF’s primary mission is the preservation of the built environment in Columbus. They also
maintain some research files and a website for research-related topics.

The Columbus Enquirer Archive
This is a FREE database created by the University System of Georgia’s GALILEO Initiative. It
requires installation of DJ-Vu software on the user’s computer. Access is to scanned articles in the
Columbus Enquirer for 1832-1890. There is also a copy of the first issue of the paper, published in 1828.

Access to the Columbus newspapers is also available via Genealogybank (www.genealogybank.com) for a fee. Coverage in this database is, roughly, 1855 to 1922.