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The term "genealogy" is used in this Wiki article and in the FamilySearch Catalog to describe a variety of records containing family information previously gathered by other researchers, societies, or archives. These records can include pedigree charts, compiled data on families, correspondence, ancestor lists, research exchange files, record abstracts, and collections of original or copied documents. These sources can save time, but because they are compiled from other sources, they must be carefully evaluated for accuracy.

Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections of previous research and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. Some major genealogical collections and published sources for Kentucky are found below.

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Nationwide Indexes[edit | edit source]

You may find information about your ancestor in the following important nationwide genealogical indexes described in United States Compiled Genealogies.

World Connect. Hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians appear in family trees submitted to the online World Connect Project. The accuracy of the data varies, but the database is commendable for its ability to include transcribed sources within each individual's file. These databases will provide many researchers clues as to what has been done in the past, and where future research efforts should be directed.

  • Mayflower Pilgrim Genealogies - Community Trees at FamilySearch Genealogies
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index.) Extracted records are included in the general search found at FamilySearch
  • FamilyFinder Index (Kentucky Census. Also on the Internet at familytreemaker.)
  • FamilySearch Catalog available on FamilySearch 
  • Historical Records are available at FamilySearch.  Many records have been indexed and are searchable on this site.
  • Index to National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) ("Genealogy" section. Also available on the Internet.
  • Pedigree Resource File andAncestral File consist of unedited, lineage-linked pedigrees submitted to the Family History Department. They also include the associated family groups, descendancy charts, and sometimes notes or sources. It is available at FamilySearch
  • Periodical Source Index (PERSI) ("Periodicals" section. Available on the Internet at ancestry ($)for a subscription fee or on HeritageQuest Online from your local library- free.)
  • Social Security Death Index ("Vital Records" page) This index is also available on the Internet at or on compact disc from several companies. The Internet version sometimes includes a few more recently reported deaths than compact disc versions. For details about the FamilySearch compact disc version see the resource guide, U.S. Social Security Death Index.
  • U.S. Military Death Index lists deaths of service men and women in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. It is available at most Family History Centers as part of FamilySearch. For details see the resource guide, Military Index.

These indexes are available at the Family History Library and many libraries with family history collections.

Websites about Your Family[edit | edit source]

Search the Internet for family history web sites about you surname. Many records have been indexed and are searchable at FamilySearch.

Writing and Sharing Your Family History[edit | edit source]

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
See also:

Statewide Collections and Publications[edit | edit source]

  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Vols.1–198+. Middletown, Connecticut: Godfrey Memorial Library, 1952–. FHL film 1698167 (first of 31 films); book 973 D22am ser. 2 v. 1 (227 volumes) This is a continuing series. An earlier edition of 48 volumes was published as The American Genealogical Index for 1942 to 1951. The expanded edition consists of 198+ volumes indexing over 12 million brief citations (name, date, and source) to over 1,150 manuscripts, periodicals, or books. This index is also available on Ancestry ($).

To help interpret citations and locate the original sources use the colored pages in some volumes or:

Key Title Index to the American Genealogical Biographical Index: Register of Family History Library Call Numbers. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990.  film 1698167 item 4; fiche 6088377. This title index shows which sources are at available at the Family History Library and their call numbers.

  • Biography Genealogy Master Index (BGMI). Orem, Utah: Ancestry, 1999. Available at Ancestry($) for a subscription fee. It is also available on CD-ROM by subscription or at the Family History Library.

Manuscript Collections[edit | edit source]

Barton, E. E. Collection of Northern Kentucky Families. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1963. FHL films 341195 (first of 94 films) Most of this collection relates to Pendleton County, but some of the material extends to neighboring counties and to Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It contains biographies, guardian bonds, appraisements, marriages, and church records, which are arranged in alphabetical order by families. It was microfilmed at the Margaret I. King Library.

Daughters of the American Revolution (Kentucky). Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. FHL film 851641 (first of 28 films) This collection consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and probate records at the DAR Library, in Washington, D.C. The volumes are generally arranged by county and many have individual indexes.

Ardery, Julia Hoge Spencer. Ardery Collection, ca. 1750–1970. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970. FHL film 831459 (first of 81 films).) This is a set of volumes containing abstracts of Kentucky and Virginia court records, deeds, family Bibles, family histories, and correspondence. It is not indexed, but most of the 24 volumes are in an alphabetical series, either by county or by first letter of surname. It is at the Margaret I. King Library.

Wilson, Samuel M. Collection of Samuel M. Wilson of Lexington, Kentucky. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958. FHL films 174919–28 This is a private collection of correspondence, genealogical notes, and abstracts of records about families from central Kentucky. The collection is in alphabetical order by county. Most of the information in each county is arranged alphabetically by surname.

Filson Club. Surname Folders. The Filson Club (see Kentucky Societies) has folders containing records of approximately 3,000 Kentucky families. These are filed by surname and have not been microfilmed.

Published Sources[edit | edit source]

Kentucky Family Records. Owensboro, Kentucky: West- Central Kentucky Family Research Association, 1970–. Records in this publication are mainly from west central Kentucky. FHL book 976.9 D2f

Fowler, Ila Earle. Kentucky Pioneers and Their Descendants. 1941–1950. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. This book is indexed and contains abstracts of family, church, and county records. FHL fiche 6050124; book 976.9 D2b

Genealogies of Kentucky Families: From The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. 2 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1981. These genealogies are listed alphabetically by surname, and an index is included. FHL book 976.9 D2gk

Genealogies of Kentucky Families: From the Filson Club History Quarterly. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1981. This book contains histories of families and abstracts of cemetery records. It is alphabetical by surname and includes an index. FHL book 976.9 D2gkf

Family History: Kentucky Genealogies. Part 1. [Novato, California]: Brøderbund Software, 1996. (Family History Library compact disc no.9 pt. 185.) This disc contains about 15,000 names from the 1700s to 1800s. FHL CD-ROM no. 9 pt. 185 copy 2

Genealogy of the Beckham family in Virginia and the branches thereof in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and West Virginia at Ancestry ($)

Hehir, Donald M. Kentucky Families: A Bibliographic Listing. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage, 1993. This book is arranged alphabetically by surname and includes a list of sources for each name. It is indexed. FHL book 976.9 D23h

Kozee, William Carlos. Early Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky, and Their Descendants. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1961. The families are arranged alphabetically by surname, and there is a general index. FHL book 976.9 D2ke 1973

McAdams, Ednah Wilson. Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records, Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds, and Marriages from Court Houses, and Records of Old Bibles Churches, Graveyards, and Cemeteries.... 1929. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. FHL film 459632 item 2 This book includes records from 15 counties in north central Kentucky.

Crozier, William Armstrong. A Key to Southern Pedigrees: Being a Comprehensive Guide to the Colonial Ancestry of Families in the States of Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Southern Book Company, 1953. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.

For genealogy sources for the United States, see United States Compiled Genealogies.

Other genealogical records of Kentucky can be found in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:



Websites[edit | edit source]

Daughters of the American Revolution

Kentucky Genealogy (Access Genealogy)

Kentucky Genealogy (Genealogy Inc)

Kentucky Genealogy (Linkpendium)

Kentucky Genealogy (Resources at RootsWeb)

References[edit | edit source]