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September 30, 2021

Introduction to Family Tree Building – United States Federal Population Census

The United States Federal Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790 and is a highly used source for genealogical and historical researchers. These […]

August 4, 2021

Local and Family History Department Uploads New Online Black History Collections and Genealogy Video

The McCracken County Local and Family History Department has added new collections to the library’s online historical digital collections, along with a new video for […]

Lincoln High School Class Photo, Circa 1899 (Hattie Brown Collection, McCracken County Public Library)

August 4, 2020

Black History and Genealogy Resource Guide

August 8th is a time of celebration, remembrance, and fellowship within Paducah and the surrounding area. While the specific day has numerous origin stories, the week surrounding the date remains a moment to reflect […]

April 28, 2020

50 @ 555 : A Timeline of the Library’s Last 50 Years

As the library celebrates the 50th Anniversary of our current building, we’ve compiled a little history of the programs, services, and people that have been […]

April 21, 2020

Postcards from Paducah – Chapter 1: The Legend of Pat Dugan

The story of how Paducah got its name has been through many twists and turns over the years. Most everyone is familiar with the legend […]

August 26, 2017

A Letter From Florence: An 1882 Message in a Bottle

In the 1979, the rock band The Police released their song “Message in a Bottle,” and in it, the lead singer, Sting, croons the lyrics: […]

August 10, 2017

10 Things That Were Illegal in 1904

This book from our Local and Family History stacks, A Revision of the Ordinances and Municipal Laws of the City of Paducah, Kentucky (1904), may […]

July 30, 2017

Water, Water Everywhere: Paducah’s First Spots for Water – Well, Cistern, and Horse Drinking Fountain

Carrying your own reusable water bottle around is the thing to do these days. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for the […]

July 2, 2017

Something Got Your Goat? Paducah’s Goat Problem of 1898

Invasive species. Asian Carp, Killer Bees, Cane Toads, and Burmese Python…just to name a few. They can be a real problem, causing havoc and disrupting […]

June 15, 2017

What’s Hiding in the 1937 Flood Monument?

Found in the median of Jefferson Street around the 2900 block, the statue memorializing the 1937 Flood is not in a very convenient location for […]