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THE LOCAL & FAMILY HISTORY COLLECTION

LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY | 555 WASHINGTON STREET | PADUCAH, KY
270.422.2510 ext 124 | 866.829.7532 ext 124 | specialcol@mclib.net

The Local and Family History room is located on the first floor of our library. The collection focuses on Kentucky, the Jackson Purchase region, surrounding counties, and states which relate to Kentucky migration, including Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Southern Illinois.

More than 4,000 books are included in our collection; titles are added continually. You may search for books through our online card catalog.

Other research materials include online database subscriptions, microfilm, microfiche, CDs, periodicals, journals, subject and family files, photographs, and archives. The McCracken County Genealogical-Historical Society collection is housed in our room at the library.

DATABASES & RESEARCH TOOLS

  • Ancestry Library Edition available at the library only.
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  • Heritage Quest

    Comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.

  • Fold3

    Provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.

  • Kentucky Sanborn Insurance Maps

    Provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities.

  • World Vital Records

    Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; 1 billion newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and world collections.

COLLECTIONS

  • The Digital Collection

    View our collection of digitized images, audio files, and documents.

  • Genealogy Collection

    Includes family histories, periodicals, brith and death indexes, and more.

  • Local History Collection

    Includes the Irvin S Cobb and Mary Wheeler Collections, as well as subject files, city directories, newspapers, biographies, and more.