It is recommended to familiarize personally with just about any repository in Kentucky that you might visit by making contact with to the appropriate archive or library ahead of time.
The majority of, if not all, Kentucky repositories include published resources that present its collections in addition to research policy.
Kentucky archives and historical agencies likewise have Internet web sites which provide the same content. Several actually contain down-loadable data for some or parts within their collections.
List of Kentucky Archives
Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; (502) 564-8300; Also has birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington, and Newport, which were established under city ordinance prior to 1911.
Breckinridge County Historical Society Museum, Main St., Hardinsburg 40143; 270-756-2347 or 270-756-2867. Open Sat. 9-12. FREE. Across from the county courthouse in a former bank building, the museum contains artifacts from the entire county’s historic past.
Genealogical journals make available many sources of information, they are usually overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in exploring for family history. Many regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals that may contain records associated with the region or vicinity they serve. Usually these publications offer articles concerning records which aren’t accessible somewhere else.
The Bull (1968–present)West-Central Kentucky Family Research Association
Bluegrass (1973–present)Kentucky Genealogical Society
Tree Shaker. (1982–present) Ashland, Ky: Eastern Kentucky Genealogical Society.
The East Kentuckian: Journal of Genealogy and History. (1965–present)
Lexington, Ky.: published privately by Clayton R. Cox
Filson Club Historical Quarterly. (1926–present)Louisville, Ky.: Filson Club
Kentucky Ancestors. (1965–present)Frankfort, Ky.: Kentucky Historical Society
Kentucky Family Records. (1969–present)West-Central Kentucky Family Research Association
The Kentucky Genealogist.(1959–present) James R. Bentley, ed.
List of Kentucky Historical & Genealogical Societies
For almost each individual Kentucky you will find a Kentucky genealogical society, a Kentucky genealogical council, or both. Besides their own work, Kentucky-level groups oftentimes help manage the efforts of local societies within the Kentucky. Their publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those produced through the local societies.
Ancestral Trails Historical Society, PO Box 1796, Elizabethtown, KY 42702-1796; (270) 982-0881. We are a Regional Society representing Breckinridge, Bullitt, Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson counties in Kentucky. We have a free research library with over 1200 books and many research books for sale. We have a index of the articles from our Quarterly News Magazine listed on our website. These articles can be requested at a minimal charge.
Campbell/Pendleton Historical Group, 37 Homestead Place, Ft. Thomas KY 41075
Heritage League & Historical Society, 212 Linden Avenue, Southgate KY 41071
Christian County Genealogical Society, 1101 Bethel Street, Hopkinsville, KY 42240 The Christian County Genealogical Society meet every second Tuesday at 6:30 PM in the Community Room of the Hopkinsville- County Library.
Christian County Historical Society, 3700 Bradshaw Pike, Hopkinsville KY 42240
Greenup County Historical Society, 614 Main Street, Greenup, KY 41144-1036; (606) 473-6514; The Greenup County Genealogy & Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held the fourth Thursday of every month in the community room of the Greenup County Public Library. Meeting times are November – March at 6:00 pm and April – October at 7:00pm.
Genealogical Society of Hancock County, P.O. Box 667, Hawesville, Kentucky 42348; (270) 927-8095
Hancock County Historical Society, Box 605, Hawesville KY 42348
Leslie County Historical Society, Leslie County Library, P.O. Box 498, Hyden KY 41749
Lewis County Historical Society, 39 Market Street, P.O. Box 212, Vanceburg, Ky. 41179-1115;
(Our building is still located at the same place but due to the 911 enhancement most of the addresses in Lewis County have been changed.)
The biggest repository of Kentucky Newspapers is at the University of Kentucky Library. As part of the United States newspaper project, many if its newspaper records can be found in a database on the Internet. A recent project is called the Kentucky Union List, and it includes over 14,000 titles. It is currently being placed on microfilm. An inter-library loan program will make those records available once the microfilming process is complete. The Worcester, Massachusetts American Antiquarian Society has archives containing several older Kentucky newspaper publications.
Most early Kentucky county news was published in Lexington, as part of the Kentucky Gazette. The University of Kentucky Library has copies of that newspaper on microfilm, as do several other libraries in the state and in the country as a whole. There is an available index to the Louisville Courier for 1917 to 1977.
The Louisville Free Public Library, Filson Library, Lexington Public Library, and Kentucky Historical Society each have copies of Kentucky newspapers on microfilm, as do the FHL and several other libraries.
There are several collections of manuscripts that include information on Kentucky residents. Many of them can be found at the Filson Library, University of Louisville, Kentucky Historical Society, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Kentucky Library. The manuscript collections below are full of useful genealogical information.
The Ardery Collection: This collection features Virginia and Kentucky land, Bible, and court records. It also includes certain correspondences and family history information. It can be found on microfilm at both the FHL and the University of Kentucky Library.
The Barton Collection: This collection contains a lot of information from Pendleton County. It also includes some information from other Kentucky counties and other states. It can be found on microfilm through the Kentucky Historical Society, FHL, and Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. It is also available at the University of Kentucky Library.
The Draper Manuscripts: The State Historical Society of Wisconsin holds this collections, which includes a lot of information about Kentucky and its residents. It has been placed on microfilm and copies are available for purchase, as well as via inter-library loan programs.
The Draper Collection: This collection contains lots of valuable genealogical information. It can be found on microfilm at the FHL. Copies are also available at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, and University of Kentucky.
The DAR Collection: This collection contains church, cemetery, and bible records, along with obituaries, probate records, and vital records. It can be found at the DAR Library, and the FHL also has copies of the originals on file.
The Shane Manuscript Collection: This collection, which is full of useful information, is located at both the Kentucky Historical Society and Filson Library.
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