Local and Family History


Genealogy Collection

The genealogy collection provides records for the entire United States. Comprehensive coverage is available for the Jackson Purchase counties of Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken. Genealogy records on surrounding counties, Kentucky, and other states are also available, especially Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Southern Illinois. Internet access and databases expand the collection. Colonial records, Revolutionary War data, and immigration lists provide additional aids for locating ancestors.


  • Entire U. S. Census 1790-1940
  • McCracken County deeds, marriages and wills beginning in 1825
  • Selected court records 1825-1913
  • Selected KY tax records
  • Area newspapers



  • Search our online catalog
  • Paducah city directories 1859-present (Some years unavailable)
  • Genealogy and History books - Search by state or county
  • Family history books - Search for family name by Subject
  • Biographies

  • Census

    • Kentucky and Southern Illinois Descriptions of enumeration districts
    • All states 1830-1870
    • Kentucky and selected states 1880-1920
    • Kentucky slave schedules 1850 and 1860
    • Index books and microfilm
    • Individual states and counties for various years
    • Kentucky tax lists (census substitutes) 1790-1800
    • Kentucky index books 1810-1870
    • Kentucky 1850 census transcribed
    • Kentucky mortality schedules 1850 and 1860

Vital Statistics

  • Kentucky death certificates on microfilm 1911-1956
  • Index to Kentucky deaths
  • Index to Kentucky marriages
  • Index to Kentucky births 1911-1995
  • Kentucky vital statistics before 1911
  • All counties for existing years 1852-1910


Other Genealogy

  • World War I Draft registration cards
    --selected counties of Kentucky, East Tennessee, Southern Illinois
  • Miscellaneous Genealogy records
    --Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, McCracken, and Trigg counties of Kentucky
  • Bibliographies
  • African American genealogy
  • Early, Colonial, Revolutionary
  • Genealogy Guides
  • Native American
  • Scots

Genealogy Databases

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