Kentucky Genealogical Society
KGS Offers New Digitization Grants Program
Application now online; apply by November 1, 2019
If your genealogical/historical society or historical record repository/archive has records to digitize but the money just isn’t in the budget, consider applying for the new Kentucky Genealogical Society Digitization Grant. The total grant funding for the first round of applications is $5,000. Individual grant amounts will vary depending on need.
Click on the Grants tab to the left

New 'Bluegrass Roots' is Online for KGS Members

The Summer issue is full of news and features for researchers of Kentucky ancestors. To read it, sign in and click on "Bluegrass Roots" under the "Members Only" tab.


New 2nd Saturday Genealogy Videos

Available to KGS members:
Videos of 2nd Saturday Genealogy presen-
tations by Joe Hardesty, director of the
Genealogical Research Library, National
Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
The sessions are packed with strategies for researching
at the SAR library in Louisville and also online. Sign in
and find "2nd Saturday Videos" under "Members Only." 


Recently Added . . . 
Kentucky CemeteriesJudy Lawless Smith and friends have transcribed 103 cemeteries in Adair, Russell and Wayne Counties.
Photographs – These 14 studio portraits were taken in Louisville circa 1890-1910. Are your ancestors in these images? Do you have portraits to share?
Postcards – Visit Louisville (and a few other locations) as it was in the early- to mid-1900s.


44th Annual KGS Seminar – Aug. 3
Using Today's DNA to Find Yesterday's Ancestors
Presenter: Blaine T. Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist
If you want to attend but have not registered, please sign up for our stand-by list. If somebody cancels, we’ll alert you right away so you can send your registration fee and secure a seat to hear Blaine Bettinger’s four DNA sessions.

Online for KGS Members

All available back issues of Bluegrass Roots are now online – back to 1974!


Adopt a Kentucky County!

Help researchers worldwide by sharing links to resources (online and brick-and-mortar) in a specific Kentucky county. Choose your county of residence or your county of heritage – or any county. For details, click on "Links."


Help Wanted
KGS needs a webmaster. If you are interested in working with us to make the website the go-to source about genealogy in Kentucky, please contact Johnna Waldon at


Kentucky Genealogical Society
PO Box 153
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

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Last Updated 27 June  2019

Latest News
KGS 2nd Saturday Genealogy

NO 2ND SATURDAY event in August. On the first Saturday (Aug. 3): the 44th Annual KGS Seminar. The event is sold out, but we'll soon be sharing some good news about member access to Dr. Blaine Bettinger's presentations on video.

Stay tuned!

Bluegrass Roots!
NOW ONLINE for KGS members: the Summer 2019 issue, featuring a story of Britton Bridges and the enslaved workers who lived on his land in Logan County. Check Page 2 for important info about this year's KGS election. On Page 4, consider the possibilities of KGS's new Digitization Grants Program. (See the "Grants" link in the menu on the left side of this page.) To read Bluegrass Roots, sign in and click on "Bluegrass Roots" under the "Members Only" tab. Not yet a KGS member? It's easy to join online.

Invitation to Get Involved
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