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.


Every Thursday: Story time for pre-school age children is held every Thursday at 10:00 a.m.  Miss Mandi would love to see you there! 

November 22, - Closing at 2:00 p.m.

November 23, 24 - Closed for Thanksgiving

November 25, - Closed for Marrowbone Parade

Updated: November 18, 2017

-New Arrivals-
Harry Hole Series – Jo Nesbo
            The Bat
            The Redbreast
            The Devil’s Star
            The Redeemer
            The Snowman
            The Leopard
Home for Christmas – Holly Chamberlin
Homicide for the Holidays – Cheryl Honigford
Purring Around the Christmas Tree – Liz Mugavero

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
6 Below
Amityville the Awakening
Wind River
Secret Scripture
Atomic Blonde
Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Updated November 18, 2017 

November Themes!

Children and Juvenile:Fall, Thanksgiving, Printing letters, Numbers 1-5

Authors of the Month:

Children: Karma Wilson

Juvenile/Young Adult: John Green

Adult: Phillip Margolin

Updated November 2, 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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