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  1. Elmer Beville’s War (Part 2)

    Elmer Beville’s War (Part 2)

    By: David Baker Editor’s Note: This article, along with Part 1 published earlier in November 2018, showcase two different approaches to incorporating primary sources into family history writing. Part 1 provided examples of how one can fact check a letter or diary to better understand what the original writer was describing....

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  2. Elmer Beville’s War (Part 1)

    Elmer Beville’s War (Part 1)

    By: David Baker Editor’s Note: This article, along with Part 2 to be published later in November 2018, showcases two different approaches to incorporating primary sources into family history writing. Part 1 will provide examples of how one can fact check a letter or diary to better understand what the...

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  3. Marquis de Lafayette: “The Friend of Liberty” and the Paradox of Slavery

    Marquis de Lafayette: “The Friend of Liberty” and the Paradox of Slavery

    By: Michelle Williams, KHS Intern In May of 1825, by invitation of Governor Joseph Desha, Kentucky welcomed its most prominent guest – Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roche Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, known mononymously in the United States as simply Lafayette.  Lafayette was the French hero of the American Revolution,...

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  4. The Boyer Ferry and it’s role in America’s westward expansion

    The Boyer Ferry and it’s role in America’s westward expansion

    By: Louise Jones, KHS Director of Research Experience Editor’s Note: The following report comes to us through the research that was conducted for the first Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall event in 2017.  As we get deeper into our family histories, it is not uncommon to find an ancestor or related...

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  5. “Dead Men Don’t Talk” – How General May, along with Old Huldy, ended with Old Sparky

    “Dead Men Don’t Talk” – How General May, along with Old Huldy, ended with Old Sparky

    By: Linda Colston, KHS Library Technician and Genealogist Editor’s Note: The following report comes to us through the research that was conducted for the first Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall event in 2017.  The information the family had indicated that General May had been a Deputy Sheriff in Laurel County, Kentucky...

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  6. Story Within a Story: The New Year’s Day Slave Auction of 1846

    Story Within a Story: The New Year’s Day Slave Auction of 1846

    By: Cheri Daniels, MSLS, KHS Head of Reference Services When researching families, we often encounter multiple stories as we dig deeper into the lives of individuals. For those who lived prior to the Civil War, the stories can include an extra layer, and extend into the lives of enslaved families....

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