Bluegrass Roots Archive

Here you can find an archive of our past blog posts that full of genealogical insights.

In 1921, a fire in the US Commerce Building damaged the 1890 census records. Learn what eventually happened to the records.

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.

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

If your Kentucky county courthouse fell upon a disaster, use these ideas to find alternate records.

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

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

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

KYGS Member finds her family in The Log Cabin newspaper

Many Europeans developed pathways for early settlers to enter the land of today’s Kentucky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The KDLA has many records of genealogical value that are free to the public.

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?

Our Quick Guide to Getting Started with the Free DNA Painter Tool

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.

In 1866, the Kentucky Legislature enacted an imperfect law to legitimize the marriages of formerly enslaved persons.

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

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.

Local historical societies can provide clues to our brick walls.

Beckham County was formed in 1904 and disbanded a few months later. It remains the only county in Kentucky’s history with the distinction of being dissolved.

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

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

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.

Find your Kentucky Revolutionary War Veteran with these resources.

A good source of early Kentucky genealogical information is the county tax lists.

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

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.

While waiting for the 1950 US Census, review other materials such as periodicals and US Commerce Department reports as background material.

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.

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

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

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

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

Need an easy idea for sharing your research?

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

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.

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

Learn the reasons Kentucky started keeping birth and death records.

The Doan family relocated to Harrison County, KY, after earlier generations landed in Plymouth Rock.

Learn some surprising places to find your female ancestors along with some tips for finding her maiden name. Then you’ll be ready to discover your Kentucky roots.

Use your family research time wisely when in an archive.

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

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

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