Trace your Kentucky ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Kentucky
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Kentucky brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Kentucky —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Kentucky ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Kentucky’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Kentucky research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors’ lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Kentucky guide:
- Before white settlement, Shawnee Indians from north of the Ohio River, and Cherokee and Chickasaw from south of the Cumberland River fought for control over the rich Kentucky hunting grounds. But when settlers came from the East, drawn by rich game and richer soil, Indian attacks turned on the new outposts.
- Kentucky mandated that its counties record births and deaths beginning in 1911. Request post-1911 records from the state vital records office (these include delayed birth records filed in 1911 or later).
- Several websites offer faraway researchers the inside track to Bluegrass state knowledge. The Kentuckiana Digital Library offers an instant sampling of important documents, photographs, Sanborn maps, and newspapers in the collections of the Kentucky state archives.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.