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Genealogy-History Room

The Madison County History and Genealogy Room, located at our Marshall location, is open to the general public.


Do you have Madison County roots?  If so, you will enjoy browsing through the many donated family histories, public records, cemetery records, Civil War registries, old maps, or old newspapers (on microfilm) in your quest to document your family’s history.  Also contained in the room are one-of-a-kind history books about Madison County and North Carolina.  To assist you in planning ahead, most of the items in the History Room are listed in our OPAC (online catalog), which may be viewed from this website CATALOG SEARCH (at left).

As an added bonus, accessible from any of our library public computers, is a special library version of Ancestry.com which allows searching of census, birth, and death records in detail without charge!  Madison County Library Card holders also have access to Heritage Quest through NCLive.org for free from any location!  Please have your library card number handy.


Online digital collections:
  • Photographs of WWI German Detainees housed in Hot Springs, NC, at the site of the current Hot Springs Spa.  Please follow this link http://www.ibiblio.org/ww1gd/Index.html or copy URL into your web browser.
  • Scrapbooks from Hot Springs Finer Carolina Program 1954, 1955-1956, 1957  and White Rock Hospital 1920-1921  have been digitized, thanks to North Carolina Digital Heritage Center University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  


  • Journal -- A Record of the 76 Reunions of the McCaine and Ramsey Families in Madison County, from 1931-2013.   "Both being Pioneer Families of the Good  Old Southern State of North Carolina"   http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm/ref/collection/ncmemory/id/80813 
  • From 1955-1956, Mrs. Peggy Dotterer drove her bookmobile, named Bookie, throughout Madison County delivering library books, much to the delight and gratitude of the people she met.  In the meantime, she also kept a scrapbook of the newspaper articles she sent in, describing her journeys and telling her stories.  This scrapbook has been digitized which allows you to read this beautiful story of the library in Madison County. Clicking the link, will bring the webpage with Peggy's written voice. http://library.digitalnc.org/cdm/ref/collection/ncmemory/id/108389


Madison County Genealogical Society
Please visit http://www.echoesofmadison.comfor information about the Madison County Genealogical Society:  Echoes of Madison, their activities and meeting dates.

Special Request:  Madison County Public Library is seeking copies of high school annuals from any year and The News Record newspaper from the 1950’s and would be delighted to receive your contribution of any of these items to be added our History Room collection.