Genealogy & Local History

IMPORTANT UPDATE (05/25/2017):

Are you excited about MCPL’s upcoming expansion?  So are we!

That being said, moving to a temporary location means moving things around.  While we’re preparing for the move, we will be unable to provide any long-distance genealogy research assistance.  Beginning June 1, we will no longer be accepting any new genealogy requests until we get settled in our temporary location.  The genealogy room will remain open, Heritage Hounds will still meet the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm, and Jama will be on-site to provide assistance for those visiting our facility.  In addition, our online photo database, Marion Memories will remain active and Heritage Quest will still be available for home use for anyone with a Marion County Public Library card.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but look forward to expanding our space and collection in order to serve our patrons better.  Stay up to date on our expansion by joining Cerkl, our digital newsletter.

We’re building a better community by building a better library!

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In addition to on-site research, our staff also provides long-distance research assistance for a nominal fee. The library also maintains an online photo database called “Marion Memories”.

Long-Distance Research Assistance

Members of the library staff can assist you with your research when you can’t make it to our facility. To best assist you, please adhere to our request policy:

  • Requests must be made in print via US Postal Service or via email.  However, payment is still required when requests are made via email.
  • Include as much information as possible in regards to the individual(s) you are researching. The more details you provide, the better able we will be able to find information pertinent to your request.
  • Please allow up to six (6) weeks for your request to be filled. We have a small staff, many of whom work part-time. Requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis as time permits for our staff. Please be assured, we want to help you and will fill your request as soon as humanly possible, but time constraints keep us from getting requests filled the day they come in.
  • The library adheres to all applicable copyright laws.
  • Requests that fall outside the scope of this service or that include insuffifient funds will be returned.
  • In return for our research time, we ask for a nominal $5.00 stipend per request.

Please mail requests to:

Genealogy
Marion County Public Library
201 East Main Street
Lebanon, KY 40033

You may also contact our Reference and Genealogy Librarian Jama Watts or other staff members by phoning 270.692.4698. If you need help making plans to visit our facility or have questions regarding books or other items located in our collection, you may also email her at jama.watts@marioncopublic.org.