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Official site of
Hopkins County, Kentucky Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 51  ♦  Madisonville, Ky 42431

Research Library
14 Court St., Madisonville, KY

Hours of Operation

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Thursday  1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday  10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Our research library has a wealth of information for family researchers.

Since we are no longer in the public library, researchers will only be allowed in the research library when a volunteer is on duty.  If you are coming to Hopkins County, Kentucky to do genealogical research, please make a note of the times our research library is open and make arrangements to visit during the hours listed above.

This information about visitors to our library was reported by President Jane Ann Jackson in August 2010:
From January 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010, we had 850+ signatures on our Guest Register
132 of these signatures are one-time visitors from out of county or out of state
We have had visitors from 17 states (including Kentucky) so far this year

Here are some of the great research resources we have:

Obituary Collection
Dedicated members have been clipping obituaries from The Messenger newspaper and storing them in notebooks since the 1970's. There are also some obituaries from earlier years. Each notebook has an index. Approximately 20,000 of these obituaries have been scanned to computer images for easier use and we hope to have the entire collection digitized in the future.

Several of the books in our family collection are now out of print and very difficult to find. This section of our library includes families who still have many members in our county, family names that are less common here, and families who are the descendents or ancestors of Hopkins County families. Some of these family books are very rare and were purchased at great cost.

Some of our family books have been donated to us by the authors and we encourage authors of family histories with a Hopkins County, Kentucky connection to consider a tax-deductable donation to our library.

Hopkins County
We have a large number of research references books about our county including cemetery records, censuses, school annuals, legal records, and histories of the county, towns, churches, and other groups.

This section includes books, society quarterly publications, and records of various kinds from nearly every Kentucky county, with emphasis on the nearby counties.

Our large collection of periodical publications from genealogical and historical societies in Kentucky and other states often have extremely valuable information not found elsewhere.

Other States
We have genealogical publications about nearly every state. This includes the states Hopkins County families came from, such as North Carolina and Virginia; and states Hopkins County families moved to such as Illinois, Missouri, and even Texas. Like our other books, many of these were purchased several years ago and are now out of print and hard to find.

Microfilm Collection
A few of the many types of information available on microfilm or microfiche in our library:
Indexes to Kentucky births on microfiche.
Censuses and tax lists for Hopkins County, Kentucky and several other counties in Kentucky.
♦ List of some Kentucky births and deaths records before 1911.

Our library has so many genealogy research resources that we could not possibly name them all. Please come by and take a look for yourself!

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