80 Examples of Kentucky Family Research and Genealogies by Surname
Studying family history is not a new hobby. People have been researching their family origin and preparing genealogies for their family and others for centuries.
It's hard to get started. We prepared this list of genealogies for Kentucky families to show you how other collected their data and presented it. These books contain useful information on researching Kentucky's past through family history records, such as census data, birth/death certificates and military service records among others.
Family History Methods Differ by Genealogist
Some genealogist limited their discussion to a single-family name. The authors chose to trace how far and wide the family had spread.
Prentice Pioneer Family
Charles Binney wrote the oldest book on the list. In 1883, Binney published a genealogy book that features the history of the Prentice (Prentiss) families. He documents the family genealogy starting in the 1600s. The family story starts in Massachusetts but some family members migrated into Kentucky as some of the early Kentucky settlers.
One such person was Nathaniel Prentice, a Revolutionary War veteran, whose wife, Elizabeth Gordon, was infatuated with frontier life and made him promise they could move to Kentucky. In 1796, they were living in the small village of Lexington, Ky. Sadly the pioneer life took its toll on Elizabeth and she died shortly after moving there. In 1825, Prentice returned to New York where he died in 1832 from cholera.
Carlock Family History
Others included the allied family names. Marion Pomeroy Carlock in the introduction to his book noted how important it was to capture not only the family of study but also the other families connected to them. Perhaps he wanted more commercial appeal for his 654-page "History of the Carlock Family and Adventures of Pioneer Americans" tome. When discussing the small population of pioneers, he might have run out of family members.
He also include some African Americans in his text. Specifically he writes about a lady named Jemima who was a slave "in name only". Her job was to care for the Henry Harrison Cox family children. She was at liberty to visit her family. She is buried in the Dixon Springs, Tennessee cemetery.
Listing Genealogies with Kentucky Family Surnames
We have collected a list of over 80 family names. The books selected for this list contained at least one family member who was connected to Kentucky. These books are freely available from Google Books.