Member Researchers

While our society is unable to provide research services to members or the general public, we suggest that you review the FamilySearch Wiki for Kentucky to see if the records you are looking for exist for your time and place. We also provide a list of our members who are professional genealogists.

Looking for a Paid Family Researcher?

This Directory of Member Genealogy Researchers is provided as a service for those who wish to hire someone to assist with research. 

All names and information were submitted by the professional researchers who wish to publicize their services here. We make no claim as to the accuracy of the information or the quality of the research offered. We do not endorse the researchers on the list or receive compensation for including them on the list. We make the list available as a service.

Hiring a Professional 

We recommend you interview one or more candidates to see which researcher will best meet your needs. Individuals who hire a researcher from this list are solely responsible for making all arrangements directly with the researcher and paying all fees and expenses charged and/or negotiated by the researcher. We do not provide financial support for travel, fees, or any other expense related to agreements between individuals and researchers.

For tips and best practices on hiring a professional researcher, we suggest you read the following linked article titled, How to Hire a Professional Genealogist on the website of the Association of Professional Genealogists

List of Kentucky Genealogists


Linda Colston


Email: TwinOaksGenealogy@gmail.com
Website: https://twinoaksgenealogy.com/

Research is primarily in Kentucky with expansion to surrounding states utilizing online research, Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  Education includes successful completion of IGHR courses including  Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, Advanced Methodology, and Intermediate German; DAR courses GEP 1- Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications; GEP II - Applying Genealogy Research Techniques to DAR applications; GEP III - Advanced Techniques for Resolving Problems Lineage or Service on DAR Records.  Over 25 years of research experience.  Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), NGS, KGS, and several local genealogical societies. 

(Verified 16 Jun 2020)


Roseann Hogan, Ph.D.

Ancestry Research Services

Email: Roseann@AncestryResearchServices.com
Website: www.AncestryResearchServices.com

Kentucky Ancestry author and Ancestry, Inc. research columnist. Responsible for setting up first Kentucky statewide vital records online. Statewide research in all Kentucky time frames from early to modern for 25 years. Areas of expertise include difficult to solve problems and early Kentucky. Custom reports, family history books and charts. Fluent or reading knowledge in all European languages and Latin. Research also available at LDS archives in Salt Lake City. (verified 4 Oct 2020)


Leslie Nash Huber

Pioneer Trails Research
Email: ptsearch@bellsouth.net

 

Pioneer Trails Research has been assisting others with History and Genealogical Research since 1985. I have 2 years of college work and am graduate of NGS home study course.  I started in Fayette County, answering the mail received by the County Clerk. I was the Historian for Old Union Christian Church in Lexington.  I co-authored the History of Old Union and transcribed the Old Union Cemetery along with the help of a boy scout doing an Eagle Scout project.  I am a lifetime member of KGS.  I have subscriptions to Newspapers.com and Ancestry.com. I will use the KY Historical Society, KY Library and Archives, court house records, county Historical Societies and any other sources available to assist you. I will do research in most Kentucky Counties, but the nearest to me are, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Shelby and Franklin. 

(Verified 16 Jun 2020)


Cynthia Maharrey

Email:  csmaharrey@outlook.com
Website: www.NamePlaceDate.com

Cynthia Maharrey is a professional genealogist specializing in deed, tax list, will, court and vital records research. Her wheelhouses include the late 18th through the early-20th centuries, with emphases on the state of Kentucky and African American research. A graduate of Berea College, she also holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is a certified Kentucky Community Scholar. Cynthia serves on the board of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Greenbrier County (WV) Historical Society and the Monroe County (WV) Historical Society.

 (Verified 19 Jun 2020)


Denyce Peyton

Discovery Paths to Family History
Email: wrpresearch@gmail.com
Website: http://genealogist.writeresult.net/wp/

Research any region in Kentucky, using Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Archives and county courthouses as primary onsite search locations, augmented by online digital records. Focus areas of research are 19th and 20th century and African American research, including tri-state area of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and some southeast states. Twenty year's experience researching, evaluating and analyzing records, preparing research plans and detailed research reports with full source citations. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogy Society.

(Verified 16 Jun 2020)


Debra Smith Renard

Legacy Tree Genealogists
Email: debra.renard@legacytree.com

Genetic genealogy researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists, Salt Lake City, Utah. Lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Services include: DNA test plan development, DNA results analysis, unknown birth family searches, application of DNA to brick walls, etc. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

 (Verified 16 Jun 2020)


Cohen Swiney

CS Genealogy Services, LLC
Email: cswiney@csgenealogyservices.com
Website: www.csgenealogyservices.com

My focus is primarily in central, north-central, eastern, and south-eastern Kentucky. Services range from a straight-forward look-up for a particular document to the more involved family history research project with source cited reporting available, all based on what the client desires.

(Verified 16 Jun 2020)


Bill Utterback, CG

Email: billco@ARN.NET

Forty-five years experience in researching the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky (Calloway, Carlisle, Ballard, Fulton, Graves, Marshall and McCracken counties). Certified Genealogist for 20 years.



If you are a member of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and would like to be included in this directory, please email researchdirectory@kygs.org.