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By Jama Watts
Are you searching for your roots? The Marion County Public Library is blessed to have a well-stocked genealogy room on its premises. If you've not been in the genealogy room, allow me a moment to tell you about its contents, uses and how you can help out other researchers.
In our lovely little room, visitors can utilize microfilm containing death certificates from 1911-1959, census records, marriage bonds, deeds and more. We also have Marion, Washington and Nelson County newspapers (including The Lebanon Enterprise) dating back to the late 1800s on microfilm. We previously housed these same newspapers in hard copy, but due to lack of space in our facility, we handed the originals back over to the Marion County Historical Society.
In addition to our microfilm collection are hardbound copies of certificates, family histories, yearbooks, county and city histories, marriage bonds, cemetery lists and information on St. Mary's County, Maryland (from where many families in Marion County originated). Additional tomes include information on the Civil War, local churches and vintage books about the history of Kentucky and works of fiction by Kentucky authors.
Two computer terminals are also available for use, both containing a multitude of information. In addition to accessing the library's Ancestry.com account, users can search databases of death and marriage certificates, as well as information on baptisms in Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. These PCs also have access to other websites, including FamilySearch.com and FindAGrave.com (both available for free through your home internet connection, as well). There are also various databases provided through CD-ROMs from Family Archive.
There are also many family files located in the filing cabinets in the genealogy room. Various researchers have donated newspaper clippings, copies of book pages pertinent to family history and family trees.
If you have information on your family history and would like to share it with others, please feel free to donate those resources to our facility. We welcome donations of books, copies of family trees, photographs and any other information pertinent to the history of Marion County and its inhabitants. You may drop donations off at the library, mail it to Marion County Public Library, attn: Genealogy, 201 East Main Street, Lebanon, Ky 40033 or email it to me at email@example.com.
I hope to be inundated with materials from individuals wishing to share their information!
Editor's note: Jama Watts is the genealogy and reference librarian for the Marion County Public Library.