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Feature articles will be published monthly and can contain case studies, in-depth explorations of record types, interviews, commentaries and local history stories.

  1. 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 family that experienced some part of the great American westward expansion.  Perhaps your family only skipped a few states over and settled midway across the country, or perhaps you have tracked them from the east to west coast and back again.  For many family historians the work is in the...

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  2. Colonel William L. Farrow – Pioneer, Soldier, Statesman

    Colonel William L. Farrow – Pioneer, Soldier, Statesman

    By:  Michael M. Wood  “Our Company saw two Indians in the wilderness; but we all got through safe” William L. Farrow in a letter to his wife Betsy, September 22, 1794 Kentucky in 1794 was still in the midst of war. The bloody defeat of the Kentucky Militia at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782 was still vivid in the minds of many; in Kentucky alone more than 1500 pioneers had been killed or captured in Indian raids between 1784 and 1790.(1) Just a year prior, on Easter Monday at Morgan’s Station near Mt. Sterling, nineteen women and children were...

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