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! 

September 1 - October 31: Drop Your Drawers Campaign!

September 27, 12:00 p.m. - Adult make it and take it! Suncatchers are the craft this month.

September 1 – October 13: Sign up to participate in the painting class being offered at the library by guest presenter Katelyn Griffith.  The cost is $25 to cover the expense of the supplies that will be used. The class will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21.

Coming in October - Hitchcock on Hill Street: Make plans to attend an outdoor showing of Alfred Hitchock's "Rear Window" starring James Stewart on Friday, October 13th at the Library. Cider, hot chocolate, and popcorn will be provided.

Fall Break Activities for Elementary and Middle Grade Patrons:
Tuesday October 3, 1:00 p.m. – Stop in for the Mid-day Matinee!  We will show a family friendly movie, free to anyone that stops in!
Friday October 6, 1:00 p.m. – Free Form Friday!  Stop in to enjoy different board games, card games, and fun STEAM activities!

Updated: September 23, 2017

-New Arrivals-

Spiders Are Not Insects – Allan Fowler
These Birds Can’t Fly – Allan Fowler
Please Don’t Feed the Bears – Allan Fowler
Remarkable Reptiles – Allan Fowler
It’s a Good Thing There Are Snakes – Lisa Herrington
It’s a Good Thing There are Bees – Lisa Herrington
Incredible Insects – Lisa Herrington
Freaky Fish – Lisa Herrington
What’s the Difference: Turtles and Tortoises – Lisa Herrington
Ghost Cat – Eve Bunting
In the Middle of Fall – Kevin Henkes
Sam the Most Scaredy Cat Kid in the Whole World – Mo Willems
Haunted Amusement Parks – Rachel Cantor
Ghostly Towns – Joyce Markovics
Creaky Castles – Jessica Rudolph
Poop’s Many Uses – Ellen Lawrence
Poop Detectives – Ellen Lawrence
Chickens – Hannah Ray
Goats – Sally Morgan
Ducks – Sally Morgan

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Dr. Hugh Roome
Henry Ford – Wil Mara
Simone Biles – Joanne Mattern
Martin Luther King Jr. – Dr. Hugh Roome
Toys and Games Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Communication Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Travel Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Food and Farming Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Community Helpers Then and Now – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on Brazil – Bobbie Kalman
Spotlight on India – Bobbie Kalman

Young Adult
Hawkwing’s Journey – Erin Hunter
Wild Bird – Wenderlin Van Draanen
War Cross – Marie Lu
Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet – Reed Coleman
Enigma – Catherine Coulter
Secrets in Death – J.D. Robb
Enemy of the State – Kyle Mills
The Romanov ransom – Clive Cussler
Dark Legacy – Christine Feehan
Proof of Life – J.A. Jance
The Importance of Being Urnest – Sandra Balzo
A Face to Die – Andrea Kane
A Legacy of Spies – John Le Carre
The Unquiet Grave – Sharyn McCrumb
A Time to Stand – Robert Whitlow
These Healing Hills – Ann Gabhart
Bringing Maggie Home – Kim Vogel Sawyer
A Column of Fire - Ken Follett
Cherished Mercy – Tracie Peterson
A Stranger in the House – Shari Lapena
American desperado – Jon Roberts
The Bluegrass Conspiracy – Sally Denton
The Informant – Kurt Eichenwald

Large Print
Naomi’s Hope – Jan Drexler
A Love So True – Melissa Jagears
Egypt’s Sister – Angela Hunt

All Governments Lie
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
All Eyez on Me
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Rough Night
The White Princess
Megan Leavy
Wonder Woman

Updated September 23, 2017 

September Themes!

Children and Juvenile: Letters X - Z and Fall!

Young Adult: School is in!

Authors of the Month: Karma Wilson, Dav Pilkey, Clive Cussler

Updated September 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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