Kentucky Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  



Project 9: U.S.—Kentucky

Explore research in Kentucky.


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Goal 1: Learn about Kentucky research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Kentucky ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Kentucky research strategies.
    FS—Basic Kentucky Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Kentucky research on Ancestry.
    AC—Kentucky Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Kentucky research.
    AC—Kentucky State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Kentucky Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Kentucky Record Selection Table


Goal 2: Learn about Kentucky archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Kentucky Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Kentucky state archives.
  3. Explore the Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives collection.
  4. Explore the Kentucky Dept of Archives site.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Kentucky genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  6. Search for free online books on Kentucky research on the FamilySearch site.
  7. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Kentucky city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Directories
  2. Explore Kentucky city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Kentucky city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Kentucky historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Kentucky vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Kentucky Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Kentucky Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Kentucky vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Kentucky birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Kentucky birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the Kentuckiana (Kentucky and Indiana) Adult Adoptee Resources Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for Kentucky vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore Kentucky marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Kentucky marriage records.
  2. Learn about Kentucky divorce records in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Divorce Records
  3. Learn about Kentucky obituaries in this article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Obituaries
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Kentucky death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Kentucky obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for Kentucky obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore Kentucky death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Kentucky census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Kentucky censuses in this article.
    FS—Kentucky Census
  2. Learn about Kentucky census records.
    Census Records for Kentucky
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Kentucky state and county census records.
  4. Explore Kentucky census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about Kentucky voting registers in this article.
    FS—Kentucky Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Kentucky church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Kentucky church records in this article.
    FS—Kentucky Church Records
  2. Learn about Kentucky church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Kentucky Church Records

B. Explore Kentucky cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Kentucky cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Kentucky Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Kentucky cemetery records.
  3. Search for Kentucky cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Kentucky cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.




Goal 5: Learn about Kentucky emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Kentucky migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Kentucky military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Kentucky military records.
    Kentucky Military Records
  2. Learn about Kentucky military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Military Records
  3. Explore Kentucky military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Kentucky military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Kentucky military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Kentucky probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Kentucky Probate Records
  2. Learn about Kentucky land and property records.
    FS—Kentucky Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Kentucky land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Kentucky Land Records

B. Learn about Kentucky court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Court Records
  2. Learn about Kentucky court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Kentucky Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Kentucky maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Maps
  2. Learn about Kentucky maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Kentucky Maps
  3. Learn about Kentucky gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Gazetteers

B. Explore Kentucky maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Kentucky maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Kentucky.
  3. Explore historical Kentucky maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Kentucky maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Kentucky newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Kentucky newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Kentucky newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Kentucky newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Kentucky Newspapers—6:58
  3. Learn about Kentucky newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Kentucky Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Kentucky newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Kentucky historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Kentucky newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Kentucky newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Kentucky newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Kentucky newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Kentucky newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Kentucky research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Kentucky.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Kentucky County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Kentucky.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Kentucky Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Kentucky research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Kentucky Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Kentucky Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Kentucky Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Kentucky.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Kentucky research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Kentucky research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Kentucky research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Kentucky research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Kentucky research.

C. Learn about Kentucky genealogy and historical societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Kentucky in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Societies">
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Kentucky in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Kentucky Societies
  3. Explore the Kentucky Genealogical Society site.
  4. Explore the Kentucky Historical Society site.
  5. Explore Kentucky genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Kentucky Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Adair    L Allen    L Anderson    A    L Ballard    A    L Barren    A    L Bath    L
Bell    A    L Boone    A    L Bourbon    A    L Boyd    A    L Boyle    A    L Bracken    L
Breathitt    A    L Breckinridge    A    L Bullitt    L Caldwell    A    L Calloway    L Campbell    A    L
Carlisle    A    L Carroll    A    L Carter    L Casey    A    L Christian    A    L Clark    L
Clay    L Clinton    L Crittenden    A    L Cumberland    L Daviess    A    L Edmonson    L
Elliott    L Estill    L Fayette    A    L Fleming    A    L Floyd    L Franklin    A    L
Fulton    L Gallatin    L Gerard    L Grant    L Graves    L Grayson    L
Green    L Greenup    A    L Hancock    L Hardin    A    L Harlan    A    L Harrison    A    L
Hart    L Henderson    A    L Henry    L Hickman    A    L Hopkins    L Jackson    L
Jefferson    A    L Jessamine    A    L Johnson    A    L Kenton    A    L Knott    L Knox    A    L
Larue    L Laurel    A    L Lawrence    L Lee    L Leslie    L Letcher    L
Lewis    L Lincoln    A    L Livingston    A    L Logan    A    L Lyon    L Madison    A    L
Magoffin    L Marion    A    L Marshall    A    L Martin    A    L Mason    L McCracken    A    L
McCreary    L McLean    L Meade    A    L Menifee    L Mercer    A    L Metcalfe    L
Monroe    L Montgomery    A    L Morgan    L Muhlenberg    A    L Nelson    A    L Nicholas    A    L
Ohio    A    L Oldham    L Owen    L Owsley    L Pendleton    L Perry    L
Pike    L Powell    L Pulaski    L Robertson    L Rockcastle    L Rowan    L
Russell    L Scott    A    L Shelby    A    L Simpson    L Spencer    L Taylor    A    L
Todd    A    L Trigg    A    L Trimble    L Union    A    L Warren    L Washington    L
Wayne    A    L Webster    L Whitley    A    L Wolfe    A    L Woodford    A    L