Genealogy Tips

Our family researchers share their genealogical knowledge with you.  

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

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?

Clues about our ancestors’ lives may be scattered over multiple counties and states, the key is knowing the possible information these records contain about pioneer life.

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

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

In this video, Dr. Shelley Murphy reminds us the Freedmen's Bureau collection contains records for more than just freedmen.

Here are tips for finding your ancestor’s coal mining records.

Our Six Tips for Busting Through Your Brick Walls

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Take advantage of periodicals for your family research.

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

When searching for Kentucky ancestors, you can take advantage of these free genealogy books to assist with your family research.

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

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.