The Mary King Research Library houses information on family names, newspapers on microfilm, vital stats, census records, and more. Researchers can conduct their own research by visiting Cottage Lawn or by sending a request via mail or email.
Our library is operated by knowledgeable volunteers who can assist you in your research. If you’re planning a trip to use MCHS research library; appointments are necessary to ensure one of our research are available to assist you. Use of the library is free to members, $15 for non-MCHS members (written request are $20 and includes 4 copies), a fee of $0.25 is applied for additional photocopies. For online research request please click on button below (Research Request) complete the form and return with remittance payable to Madison County Historical Society. If you have any question you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helpful Hints for requesting research:
- Handwritten letters are acceptable, though typewritten letters are preferred. If you are sending a handwritten letter please make sure the letter is easy to read. It really helps us make sure we are answering your request efficiently.
- Try to be specific as possible about what you are looking for. For example, let us know that you are looking for a residence, birth, obit for a specific individual. Again, this will ensure that we are answering your request as promptly and efficiently as possible.
- Keep in mind that recording practices are a lot different than today. Many records back then were not as detailed as you may think.
- Be patient. We honor paid requests in the order in which they are received.