Our Best Genealogy Tips and Tricks

Kentucky is a unique state when it comes to genealogy research. Being the thirteenth state admitted to the union, there are more genealogical records available. We have assembled techniques and ideas for using census data, working in archives, and many online resources.

These tips help you search for your Kentucky ancestors. You will have your family tree built in no time.

Maps assist genealogists with locating where ancestors lived and worked. Learn how to use the different and free maps in your family research.

Need an easy idea for sharing your research?

Yes! You can publish your family history - here's how!

Pogue Library, on the Murray State University campus, has many genealogy records for those searching for western Kentucky ancestors.

Many tombstones contain valuable genealogical info. How do you access those ancestor details that are miles away from you?

Many ancestors lived in New England prior to migrating to Kentucky. Our member researcher describes his visit to the New England Historic Genealogical Society library to review their Kentucky collections.

All family researchers have Kentucky ancestors who simply disappear from the records. Here’s some tips for why they vanished and how to find them.

The fun in researching your family history is sharing it with others.

When searching for your ancestors, preparation is the key to success.

Follow along as a family researcher uses this method to solve a brick wall ancestor.

Making moonshine was a common activity for many ancestors with Scots-Irish lineage. How do you find the records that reflect some of these activities?

If your dream vacation includes completing some genealogy research, then use these nine quick and delicious tips to make sure you get the most of your visit.

Family researchers can find older editions of Laurel County Newspapers online. Learn How.

Our Six Tips for Busting Through Your Brick Walls

Getting started with building your family tree can be the biggest challenge. Here are some tips from a KYGS member who found her Kentucky ancestors in some unusual places.

Member, Susan J. Court, shares tips for visiting the Family History Library in Utah.

Professional genealogist Cynthia Maharrey explains how to get started with your family history by creating a pedigree chart. Then she explains how obituaries help complete the picture.

Find out how an amateur genealogist verified her Aussie cousins using DNA

Focus on the basics like good research methods and staying organized first.

Use your family research time wisely when in an archive.

Here is our most popular genealogical webinars from last year.

Living out of state doesn't mean you can reach deep into Kentucky for your research

Learn common causes of death and the reasons in the 1800s from a modern-age medical doctor.

Professional genealogist Dr. Thomas Jones suggests discovering genealogy resources that are not online and not getting over-focused on certain people.

When researching a divorce, you must take into account the period, location, and circumstances.

Photography and genealogy go together. Let’s explore the history of photography and how to care for antique photographs.

Local historical societies can provide clues to our brick walls.

During our fifty years of encouraging family researchers and budding genealogists, the society has provided advice through the Bluegrass Roots magazine.

There are many ways family researchers can give back to their local communities and share their skills and talent.

When you have lovingly curated your collection, the dilemma of how to pass it along can be overwhelming.

Obituaries are important tools for family history research. We have eight tried and true resources for locating the most obscure death notice.

Use the research approach to analyzing data around a specific issue.

The Soundex code indexes many genealogy records.

A cemetery caretaker discovers a broken gravestone covered with soil and missing pieces while mowing. Who does it belong to?