Recently we published genealogy books about Kentuckians that we found in Google Books. We repeated the experiment with the Family Search library. It was not a disappointment. There were 297 genealogy books that mentioned a Kentuckian.
These books provide budding genealogists with some examples of how others have presented their research. If you are hot in the middle of researching your pre-1950s Kentucky ancestors, then one of these books might force open a brick wall.
Finding Kentucky Ancestors in the Family Search Library
Many think that you have to visit the Family Search Library in Utah before you can access one of their books. [One of our members did and shared her experience!] The library has a huge digital collection of books, manuscripts, and other assorted genealogical materials.
When you search for an item, it returns everything the library has that has your keyword. Some of these books are not available because of copyright restrictions, but many more can be viewed online and even downloaded.
Here are the steps for searching their books.
- At the Family Search site, go to the Search menu at the top and select the Books menu item.
- Type your Kentucky ancestor’s surname or full name in the Search field. If the search term is found, a page displays with the results.
- Abandon your afternoon plans so you can explore this rabbit hole.
Reviewing the Surname Genealogy Results
When we used the search term “Kentucky Genealogies”, it returned over a million results. We pawed through the results to find this list of 297 genealogy books that contained a Kentuckian.
This list contains the surname and a link to the book in the Family Search library. There are some duplicate books but these had different reference numbers so it is possible the books is about a different family branch or a “part 2”.
- You might have to create a free account to access the collection.
- List extracted 30 June 2022. As FamilySearch organizes their collection, some titles change locations or become unavailable.
These links worked when extracted in June 2022. Over time, the books may cease to be available or moved to a new location causing the link to fail. If you find a link that doesn’t work, Contact Us so we can remove it.