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.


-Accelerated Reader Tests, the Summer Reading List books,, and the 2017-2018 Bluegrass Book Selection are now available at the library!  Stop in to work on your summer reading goals for the next school year! To go to the school website for AR Tests click here.

-July 3 – 27: Recycled Art Entries can be brought to the library.

-July 25, 10:00 a.m. Mrs. Sylvia Braber will be teaching us how to make rugs from recycled materials!

-July 27: Summer Reading at the park at 10:00 a.m.  This will be the final event for the 2017 Summer Reading season.  Everyone ages pre-k to 12 years are invited for story time, fun, games, and a snack!

-July 28: Packets are due and Recycled Art will be judged winners will be announced at the Ice Cream Social.

-July 28: Adult Summer Reading Ice Cream Social!! Stop in at 2:30 p.m. to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Finale! We will have ice cream and prize drawings for the adult summer reading participants.

Updated: July 21, 2017

-New Arrivals-

The Secrets She Keeps – Michael Robotham
Two Nights – Kathy Reichs
The Nearness of You – Dorothy Garlock
Beautiful Tempest – Johanna Lindsay

-Large Print-
A Lady Unrivaled – Roseanna White
Wings of the Wind – Connilyn Cossette
Heart on the Run – Karen Witemeyer

The Langoliers
Golden Years
The Stand
The Fate of the Furious
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Quantum Leap (Complete Series)
Alive and Kicking
The Zookeeper’s Wife

Updated July 21, 2017 

July Themes!

Children and Juvenile: Building a Better World!

Young Adult and Adult: Building a Better World!

Authors of the Month: David Shannon, Jonathan Tropper

Updated July 12, 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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