Genealogy and Local History

"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage." --Ellen Goodman, The Boston Globe

The Genealogy and Local History Room is located on the main (upper) floor of the library near the front desk and public computers. For times when a staff member is available to help with research, please call or email the library.

Resources for Research

The Tools Available to Help You Find Your Past.

Online Resources

Ancestry Library Edition - A database with thousands of records on people of the past. Currently, this database is only accessible from within the library building.

MyHeritage - Family Tree Builder that helps you figure out how to get started.


Based on the amount of available space, the library accepts donations of yearbooks from area schools.

Local History


Surname Information


Funeral Home Death Records

Records from Ellison, Croley and Jones funeral homes.

Old Photographs

The library accepts old photographs of places and people from the area in both physical and digital forms. If you have any information about any of the old photographs on display in the Genealogy Room, please let us know!

Oral Histories

We are in the process of collecting oral histories with plans to make the recordings available via our website.


  • Whitley Republican/News Journal - June 1934 to Present
  • Williamsburg Times - 1891 to 1910 (Spotty Issues)
  • Corbin Times - 1919 to 1934 (Excludes 1922)

Other Local Resources

Other Resources Available at the Whitley County Historical and Genealogical Society

For all other research questions, .