Bluegrass Roots Archive

Review all of our past content.

Find your Kentucky Revolutionary War Veteran with these resources.

Use your family research time wisely when in an archive.

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

The Soundex code indexes many genealogy records.

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

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?

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Aaron Horn Sr. moved his family to Fort Boonesborough in 1778. He died soon after arriving leaving many mysteries for his descendents.

In 1818, the US bought the Jackson Purchase area from the Chickasaw Indians.

A brief Scots-Irish history in the Appalachian area written by a descendant of early settlers.

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

Learn the reasons Kentucky started keeping birth and death records.

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.

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.

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

Huguenots migrated from France to the new world and many Kentuckians can claim Huguenot roots.

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.

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

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.