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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. 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, last surviving general of the Continental Army, and friend to Founding Fathers Washington, Hamilton, and Jefferson. Heralded as “the Nation’s Guest,” he was received with great pomp and hospitality throughout the state, as well as the rest of the country, and was showered with affection and admiration wherever he travelled....

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  2. Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall 2018 + Call for 2019 Family Mysteries!

    Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall 2018 + Call for 2019 Family Mysteries!

    Thanks to everyone who came out this past July for another wonderful Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall! As this was our second year hosting the event, we shook things up with a new host, KET’s Renee Shaw, a DNA lunch chat, and a new vendor/demo hall called the Genealogy Makerspace. With five family mystery reveals, this year was bigger and better than ever! Our research team solved such mysteries as: Victims of the 18th century Kentucky serial killers known as the Harpe Brothers; A Civil War ancestor who rode with Morgan’s Raiders; And a free man of color joined the abolitionist...

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