Kentucky Genealogical Society
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Kentucky Genealogical Society
Now KGS members can gather info, tips, and strategies from 2nd Saturday Genealogy presentations – even if they can't attend in person. What a resource for members far behond Kentucky's borders! To see the first video (and more to come), sign in and click on "2nd Saturday Videos."
If you're not a member and this new benefit is what you've been waiting for, look for the "Join KGS" link on the left side of this page.
KGS Annual Seminar, 5 August 2017
Focus: From Pennsylvania to Kentucky
Presenter: Gerald H. "Jerry" Smith, CG
If your ancestors came to or through Kentucky before 1860, there’s a fair chance they came from or through Pennsylvania. Even after 1860, Pennsylvania continued to be  “on the way” for people heading south and west from the colonies. On Aug. 5, Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG, will present four sessions that will help you research your Pennsylvania connections without going to Pennsylvania. His strategies will be helpful when researching any state or migration pattern.
Get lecture topics and details.
Join the KGS Leadership Team
Terms of office for KGS board members will expire at the end of December. It's time to nominate members who will lead the way in 2018 and 2019. The KGS board includes these officers:
  • President
  • Vice President for Administration
  • Vice President for Membership
  • Corresponding Secretary
  • Recording Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Board Member at Large (3)
The immediate past president also serves on the board.
The election is scheduled for November 11 (at 2nd Saturday Genealogy). To nominate yourself or another KGS member, send the nominee’s name and proposed office, postal address, email address, and phone number to (Please get the nominee’s permission in advance.)
NOTE: Traditionally, the KGS board has met monthly in Frankfort. You don't live near Frankfort? No problem! Members who live in all areas of the state can participate from home via Skype or other electronic means. For details about specific duties of each officer, check the KGS Bylaws.
Early Kentucky Tax Lists Online!
Pre-statehood and early-statehood Madison County tax records now range from 1791 through 1802. Also online: pre-statehood tax records for Bourbon, Fayette, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Mercer counties. Sign in and click on the "Early Kentucky Tax Lists" link. As far as we know, these lists are not available on other web sites. What a great benefit of KGS membership – made possible by your KGS annual dues!
A searchable index of surnames in these tax records would be wonderful. If you can help with indexing, please send email to
Remember the Changes . . .
KGS is now the sole sponsor of 2nd Saturday Genealogy programs. Watch for program information on the KGS Facebook page and on this website. If you're on the KGS mailing list, you'll also get program reminders by email 7-10 days prior to each program.
To help with the cost of rent for meeting space, KGS charges an admission fee of $5 per person per 2nd Saturday Genealogy event, payable at the door, for attendees who are not KGS members. Admission continues to be free for KGS members.
KGS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our funding comes almost exclusively from membership. If you're not a member, please consider joining.
Services for Presenters and Researchers
  • Directory of Genealogy Researchers – If you want to hire someone to help you find your Kentucky ancestors — or if you are a researcher wanting to list your services – this directory is for you!
  • Directory of Genealogy Speakers: If your organization is looking for a genealogy/history speaker — or if you are a speaker wishing to be included in this directory – this is the place!
Please help KGS expand these valuable services. If you're a presenter or researcher for hire, please complete the online submission form to be added to the list. If you want to hire a presenter or researcher, please check here first!
Last Update: 27 April 2017

Kentucky Genealogical Society
PO Box 153
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

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2nd Saturday Genealogy
No 2nd Saturday in August. Our Annual Seminar will take place the first Saturday in August.

Bluegrass Roots!
NOW ONLINE for KGS Members: Summer 2017 issue. Details about KGS Annual Conference, 2nd Saturday Genealogy programs, Pennsylvania-to-Kentucky migration routes, and more.

Pre-Statehood Tax Lists Now Online
Another benefit of KGS membership: Online access to pre-1792 Kentucky tax records. Records for six counties are already posted, and more will follow.