Genealogy Resources at the Cumberland County Public Library

If you have specific inquiries regarding family names or records, you can call us at 270-864-2207 to speak with a staff member. We can also put you in touch with local historians who may be able to provide guidance. This page contains a general overview of the materials available in our Randolph Smith Genealogy Department.


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January 27, 10:00 am - Free Family Movie: Despicable M3
January 31, 12:30 pm - Drop-In Craft with Vickie and Debbie
February 3, 10:00 am - Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group



Updated: January 16, 2018

-New Arrivals-

It’s Shoe Time – Mo Willems
The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun – Laura Murray

This Side of Murder – Anna Lee Huber
The Doomsday Bunker – William Johnstone
High Desert – Wayne Overholser
Crossing the Animas – James best
The Drifter – Lauran Paine
Hang Him High – Lewis Patten
Winchester Quarantine – carter Young
Men of Violence – Bill Brooks
Book Club Babies – Ashton Lee
Lilac Lane – Sherryl Woods
Where the Sweet Bird Sings – Ella Olsen
The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman
The Calico & Cowboys – Mary Conneally
Into Dust – B. J. Daniels
The Strawberry Hearts Diner – Carolyn Brown
Lovemurder – Saul Black
The Last Days of Emily Lindsey – Nic Joseph
City of Lies – Victoria Thompson
Death Comes to the Fair – Catherine Lloyd
How Sweet the Sound – Amy Sorrells
Many Sparrows – Lori Benton
Song of Silence – Cynthia Ruchti
Perennials – Julie Cantrell
One More Song to Sing – Lindsay Harrel
Imperfect Justice – Cara Putman
A Place at Our Table – Amy Clipston
Oath of Honor – Lynette Eason
Sunset Lullaby – Robin Gunn
The Engagement Plot – Krista Phillips
Out of Ashes – Tracie Peterson
Vanishing Point – Lisa Harris

The Secret Man - Bob Woodward

G. I. blues
King Creole
Blue Hawaii
Love Me Tender
Viva Las Vegas

Updated January 16, 2018

January Picks!


Authors of the Month:

Children: Rosemary Wells (Author of "Max and Ruby")

Juvenile/Young Adult: James Dashner

Adult: Jane Green

Updated December 29, 2017 


Resources Available in the R.N. Smith Genealogy Department

  • County histories
  • Marriage records
  • Obituary, cemetery, and funeral home records
  • Deed books
  • Census records
  • Church records
  • Military records
  • State and regional records (wills, marriage/church/military/census records)
  • Various Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia, North & South Carolina records
  • Oral histories
  • Family history files
  • Microfilm machine & reels
  • Bound Cumberland County News collections, 1974-2012
  • General reference sources and miscellaneous records
  • A detailed list of Cumberland County research resources can be found by clicking here*

*This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, a free download from

Biography of R.N. Smith, R.Ph.

Randolphy Smith

Randolph Smith, R.Ph., Photo Courtesy of Laura Smith Butler

Randolph N. Smith (1917-2006), was a supporter of Cumberland County his entire life. He came from a family who believed in public service. His wish was to preserve as much of the history of his beloved county as possible. To this end, he and his daughter Laura Smith Butler, who shared his love of the county, abstracted virtually all of the available county records and made them accessible to the public.

He was owner of Smith Pharmacy, the oldest family operated pharmacy in KY; past president of the KY Historical Society; mayor of Burkesville; and was active in the establishment and growth of the Cumberland Co. Library. His constant efforts to improve it are evident today in the wonderful genealogy department that is named for him. He donated his collection of rare books, his files of information, and his personal card file toward the establishment of this department. For many years, he went to county schools to display his vast collection of historical pictures of the area, and donated many items to the museum that is housed in the log cabin at the Joseph Schickel Park.

Biography written by local genealogist Joyce Stover


Contact Vickie Staley with inquiries.




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