Our Genealogy Room contains a wealth of information about Kentucky and Nicholas County. The collection features books on all aspects of Nicholas and surrounding counties, local newspapers, city directories, maps, and state and local government documents, including select census and vital records.

The genealogical resources at the Nicholas County Library include databases, microfilm, and “family files.” These collections are grouped together for ease of use in our Genealogy Room where we have a microfilm reader and computer dedicated solely for genealogical research.

Our “family files” are a unique resource which provide information on local families as well as some Nicholas County churches and historical sites. These files have been compiled and donated by patrons doing family and local history research and the library has not verified the information they contain but anyone visiting our library is welcome to view them and to make copies for personal use. Unfortunately these files are not indexed, cataloged, or available in a digital format.

You may contact Sherry Howard at 859.289.5595 or by email with questions and specific information requests to becky@nicholasreads.org


Use these FREE resources to discover the story of Nicholas County, the Bluegrass State, or your personal family tree.  

Carlisle Mercury | Nicholas County High School Yearbooks

The Nicholas County Public Library has archived each publication of the Carlisle Mercury since the paper's founding in 1867. You may access these digital documents here. The Mercury continues to publish the happenings of Carlisle and Nicholas County.​​ The NCPL also has a collection of Nicholas County High School yearbooks (1948-present) available online as well as hard copies in our Genealogy Room.

Family Search 
Discover your place in history with Family Search, an easy way to preserve your genealogy online. See what others have contributed, and share your family story. With a Family Search account, a world of family history possibilities comes to life. Start making connections today for FREE.

​Find a Grave

Find A Grave is a resource for anyone in finding the final disposition of family, friends, and "famous" individuals. Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave.

​Central Kentucky Cemeteries Maps
Created by the Lexington Public Library's Kentucky Room staff and powered by Google Maps.  Maps are available for Nicholas and several surrounding counties. Access the Central Kentucky Cemeteries Mapshere.


​National Cemetery Administration

Search for burial locations of veteransand their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.



Genealogy | Local History

​​​Nicholas County Public Library