Genealogy is a Public Activity! Finding Records in Kentucky’s Public Repositories

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Genealogy is a Public Activity! Finding Records in Kentucky’s Public Repositories

From this presentation, you will gain a general understanding of the collections held in public libraries and the Kentucky State Archives.

What You Will Learn

This presentation will discuss the collections available in the State Archives at the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, and in public institutions across the Commonwealth. Many records are available in their original format or on microfilm, but have not been digitized and placed online. Other collections are online, but do not get much publicity or notice. My goal is to generate enthusiasm among genealogists to go beyond commercial databases and start “digging” locally. Kentuckians love their history and have preserved millions of records. These records are just waiting to be found and used.


Dave Schroeder is a native of Kenton County. He was named Executive Director of the nationally ranked Kenton County Public Library in April 2007. Dave began his career at Kenton County Public Library in 1986 as a shelver. In 1987 he began working in the Local History Department indexing historic newspapers. He held the position of Archivist for Thomas More University and the Diocese of Covington from 1996 to 2000. Schroeder returned to KCPL in 2000 as the Kentucky History Librarian.

Schroeder earned a BA in History from Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He also holds a MA in History from the University of Cincinnati and a MLIS in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.

He serves as President of the Board of the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives, treasurer of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, member of the University of Kentucky Libraries National Advisory Board, board member of the Covington Partners, the Executive Committee of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky, and a member of the Leadership Northern Kentucky Alumni Association Board.

He is the author of Life Along the Ohio: A Sesquicentennial History of Ludlow, Kentucky (Little Miami Press 2014), co-editor of Gateway City: Covington, Kentucky, 1815-2015 (Clerisy Press 2015) and co-author of Lost Northern Kentucky (History Press 2018).

He has won numerous awards including: Public Relations Society of America, Cincinnati Chapter, CEO Communicator of the Year, 2023; The 2023 Kenton County Pioneer Award; Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Community Award 2022; Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leader of Distinction Award 2019; Thomas More University Alumni Association, Outstanding Professional Achievement Award 2017; Northern Kentucky Education Council 2015 Champion for Education Award; Outstanding Library Service Award from the Kentucky Public Library Association 2014; and the James A. Nelson

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Genealogy is a Public Activity! Finding Records in Kentucky's Public Repositories

28 Oct, 20247:00pm EDT1 hour

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