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McCarroll Genealogy Collection


The McCarroll Genealogy Collection is located on the second floor of the Hopkinsville Library. The endowment was established in memory of Joe McCarroll by his brothers William McCarroll and Charles McCarroll,  Joe McCarroll died on Sept. 7, 1931 at the age of 83.

Our collection contains approximately 5,000 books including numerous periodicals from different states and counties. Out of the 120 counties in the state of Kentucky, we have something on 79 of those counties and out of 48 states we have books on 25. Within this collection are books on census records, cemetery records, will books, deed books, funeral records, court order books, and tax lists which date from 1783 thru the present.
Also within this collection are obituaries dating as early as 1880’s up to the present day, which are done on a daily basis from the Kentucky New Era.
We have a general collection of books for the state of Kentucky which includes Kerr’s, Johnson’s and Collins’ history, census books from 1790 -1850, marriage records, land grants, pioneer records, tax lists, vital statistics, and war records, all generally start about 1784.

The McCarroll Room also two genealogy databases:

Heritage Quest - may be accessed from home with your library barcode. - in-library use only


Christian County Records:
Birth Records: - 1911 thru 1969 are in book form and no actual copies of birth certificates are available, these records are for the state of Kentucky.
Cemetery Records: - Printed hard copies for Christian County 1797-2004, Riverside Cemetery 1837-1997 and Rosedale Cemetery, Pembroke 1823-2009.
Census Records: -  Federal 1810-1930 on microfilm for the counties in Kentucky or on-line through Ancestry or Heritage Quest and in book form.
City Directories:  - Book form from1897 to 1991, inconclusive.
Death Records:  - 1911 through 1959 on microfilm for the entire state of Kentucky which are the actual death certificates.
Deed Records:  - Book form 1797-1821 and on microfilm from 1797-1987.
Estate Records:   - Book form only from 1797-1816.
Genealogy and Family Files:  - Over 1000 either in book form or in the vertical files from all across the United States as well as local families. This also includes the 1986 and 1991 family history books put out by Turner Publishing Company.
Land Surveys:  - Copies from the courthouse from 1797-1996.
Marriage Records:  - Book form from 1797-1900 and copies from courthouse from 1797-1892 and on microfilm 1797-1949.
Will Records:  - Book form from 1797-1900 and on microfilm from 1797 -1910.
Newspapers: - We also house The Kentucky New Era from 1872 to 1983 which are locked in cabinets and can only be viewed upon request. These papers are also on microfilm as well as the Hopkinsville Kentuckian paper from 1892 thru 1919.
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