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.
McCracken County Public Library
Local and Family History
555 Washington St.
Paducah, KY 42001
270.442.2510 ext. 139
866.829.7532 ext. 139 (Toll Free)
Explore digitized images, documents, oral histories, videos, and more. Featured collections include The Mary Wheeler Collection, Paducah postcards, and newspapers and documents from area schools.
Search the library's closed archives for descriptions of items and collections, as well as information about accessing these materials.
Read curious stories from the interesting history of Paducah and the Jackson Purchase.
Includes family histories, periodicals, birth and death indexes, and more.
Includes the Irvin S Cobb and Mary Wheeler Collections, as well as subject files, city directories, newspapers, biographies, and more.
Explore biographies famous African-American people and landmarks in Paducah's history, as well as the history of the 8th of August Emancipation Celebration.