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Local History

The Taylor County Public Library offers an extensive collection of genealogical and historical sources for Taylor and surrounding counties which are available during regular library hours. The materials are for library use only and may not be borrowed through Inter-library Loan. The collection includes but is not limited to: obituaries, census records, marriage records, cemetery readings, passenger and immigration lists, family histories, local newspapers, city directories, local school year books, military records and historical society newsletters as well as history of Taylor County and West Virginia. 

Local Newspapers

The following newspapers are available on microfilm:

     The Grafton Eagle - February 1, 1884 through May 8, 1885


     The Grafton Sentinel Weekly - January 1, 1897 through May 3, 1901                                                                                     May 3, 1906 through September 19, 1929

     The Grafton Daily Sentinel - March 18, 1907 through April 1974

                                                                  (Nov. 1921 missing)  


     The Grafton News - August 17, 1934 through August 16, 1935                                                                         September 14, 1934 through December 1935                                                              1969 - 1971                                                                                                                      1972

Newspaper and Research Requests

Due to time and staffing constraints, Library personnel cannot perform extensive research or photocopying projects. The local newspapers are not indexed. Therefore Library staff can only search for news articles when the exact date-of-publication is provided. The staff will search for a death notice or obituary. A complete date of death (MM/DD/YY) is required for this search. Searches will be done as time permits. Print and postage charges may apply.

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