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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. “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 and had also been executed at Eddyville Prison on 27 Jun 1913.  The family was interested in knowing how this came about.  The search began with a look at his death certificate.  Kentucky started keeping death certificates at the state level in 1911.  Since he died in 1913, a death...

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  2. 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. Although it is widely known that researching the lives of enslaved individuals is an extremely challenging task due to the limited number of records documenting their life, it is nonetheless vitally important to make the extra effort. The results can be highly rewarding, and can, in fact, give names back...

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