Our Kentucky genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Kentucky, as well as help you with other special requests.
What genealogy resources are available for Kentucky research?
Kentucky genealogy resources include birth, marriage and death records. Some towns kept birth and death records as early as 1852, while marriage records were kept as early as 1785. Federal census records were recorded every 10 years in Kentucky, beginning in 1810. State, territorial and colonial censuses were recorded every 10 years from 1840 to 1890. Land, probate and church records are also available. Newspapers, military records, local histories, tax lists and ship passenger lists were created in many areas and time periods as well.
Lexington Public Library (Lexington, Kentucky)
The Lexington Public Library houses sources on state and local history and genealogy. These sources include family histories and census records. They also hold a collection of Lexington newspapers and an extensive newspaper index. The Kentucky Room at the Central Library contains records of Kentucky and Fayette County. Central Kentucky cemetery maps and a collection of funeral notices are also held at the library.
Kenton County Public Library (Covington, Kentucky)
The Kenton County Public Library is home to extensive statewide and local family history materials. The library contains in-depth collections for northern Kentucky. Their local newspaper index comprises titles from 1835 to 1931, and 1984 to the present. This newspaper index includes an obituary index. The library also holds nearly 30 volumes of records of the Covington Protestant Children’s Home (now the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky). Collections of photographs, oral histories and maps are held at the library as well.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) (Frankfort, Kentucky)
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) is a repository for Kentucky city, county and state records. Their collection of birth and death records comprise the years 1852-1862, 1874-1879, and 1891-1910. They also have birth and death city registers for Covington, Lexington, Louisville and Newport. Census, military and judicial records are held in the archives as well.
Margaret I. King Library (Lexington, Kentucky)
The Margaret I. King Library is located at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The collections at the library include church records, government records and biographies. They are also home an Appalachian collections and historical manuscript collections.
Western Kentucky University Library (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
The Western Kentucky University Library is home to local church histories and biographical files of south-central Kentucky. The Kentucky Library Research Collections houses rare books and periodicals, photographs and sheet music.
Martin F. Schmidt Research Library (Frankfort, Kentucky)
The Martin F. Schmidt Research Library of the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) contains records of all 120 counties of Kentucky. Their collections consist of manuscripts, photographs and oral interviews. They also house maps and atlases. The library has 150,000 names transcribed by volunteers from gravestones across the state.
Forrest C. Pogue Special Collections Library (Murray, Kentucky)
The Forrest C. Pogue Special Collections Library of Murray State University is home to records relating to all regions of Kentucky, with an emphasis on the western region. The university holds the Forrest C. Pogue World War II Collection. This WWII collection consists of over 300 rare photographs of the war. The library also holds records of the American Civil War, oral histories and manuscript materials.
Crabbe Library at Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, Kentucky)
The Crabbe Library at Eastern Kentucky University has genealogical records of Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation, and the list above is simply a small sample of what they can help you with.