1 Henderson Street
Post Office Box 452
Stearns, Kentucky 42647

Ph: 606-376-5730


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The Museum maintains a genealogy reference library for those interested in tracing their family.  Our family file collection contains over 200 files with birth, death and family related articles searchable by last name when visiting the Museum.

Our research collection also consists of over 15,000 employee records that include photos, work cards, transfers, and social security applications that date from 1902 to the 1970’s from the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company.  Copies of these records are available for a small copy fee from the Museum.

We also house census records, land records and family books from McCreary, Wayne, Whitley and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky and Scott County Tennessee.

Members also have special access to online genealogy archives such as obituary's, family files, and newletters.  If you are interested in becoming a member please select membership from our main menu.  Members also receive free research requests.

In most cases the museum only charges copy and postage fees.  However for extensive research an hourly rate may need to be applied for non-members. For assistance call 606-376-5730 and a staff worker will be glad to assist you with research.

To speed up your research request please use the following Research Request Forms:

General Research Request Form

Stearns Coal & Lumber Company Employee Research Request Form

Photocopy Research Request Form

You can also email your requst to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Gift Shop Publications These publications are currently for sale in the McCreary County Museum Gift Shop.  They may help you in your quest to fill in your family tree.


Stearns Coal & Lumber Company Employee Records - The Stearns Coal & Lumber Company Employee Records book contains thousands of names and information compiled from different sources. This publication represents the company employees that signed up for social security cards. ($37.10 + $5.00 Shipping)


Employee Work Records Stearns Coal & Lumber Company - The Stearns Coal & Lumber Company Employee Work Records book contains over 10,000 names and information compiled from employee company applications. This publication represents the company employees that sought employment in the early 1900s. ($50.00 + $5.00 Shipping)


Stearns Centennial Booklet ($5.00 + $1.00 Shipping)


"The Ass and The Barnacles" An Allegory written by R.L. Stearns in 1921 ($2.00 + $.50 Shipping)


McCreary County Coloring Book - This publication displays a variety of scenes from McCreary County that children can use to color in, enhancing creativity and strengthening their minds with historical references. A free page of the book is available for download on our Educators page. ($1.99 + $1.00 Shipping)

A History and Dedication to Sand Hill United Baptist Church ($14.00 + $5.00 Shipping)


Pine Knot United Baptist Church History ($14.00 + $5.00 Shipping)


A History & Dedication to Pall & Dovie Taylor Staley ($14.00 + $5.00 Shipping)


Historic Stearns Cookbook - This book displays a large number of recipes collected from the people Historic Stearns. Kentucky. ($8.00 + $5.00 Shipping)


McCreary County Funeral Home Book I 1972-2006 - This publication contains typed records transcribed by local historian Dorene Murphy. The book, containing over 3500 names, provides the reader with information about the deceased person's name, date and place of birth, date and place of death, parents, spouse(s), veteran status, and cemetery. ($60.00 + $5.00 Shipping)

Last Updated on Friday, 25 March 2011 13:58

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