Kentucky Genealogy and History

Our Six Tips for Busting Through Your Brick Walls

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

Our ancestors migrated to Harlan County for the promise of a better future.

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.

For many Kentucky researchers, the US census is the go-to record for understanding family genealogy. Since 1790, the US government has counted the inhabitants of the states.

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.

If you have a family researcher on your list, here are some great gift ideas.

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

Our ancestors had many options for arriving in Kentucky. Some paths were more dangerous than others.

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.

Fort Boonesborough was settled by Daniel Boone, who walked from North Carolina to Madison County Kentucky. Take the journey with him on videos in a modern day Kentucky.

See how Kentucky went from 9 counties to 120 counties - just like that.

A gift to newlyweds in early Kentucky was a log cabin.

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

In 1780, early Kentucky pioneers entered Fayette County so quickly it inflated the land prices.

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.

Littell's Law Books contain rich details about what our ancestors were doing in the early years of Kentucky.

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

We have collected over 80 examples of family histories and genealogy that you can use as a resource for your research or learn how to write a compelling family history.

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.

Fort Boonesborough is Kentucky's second oldest European-American settlement. Early Kentucky settlers met at Fort Boonesborough to establish a local government. Judge Richard Henderson, promoter of the Transylvania Company held the meeting.