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These are articles and videos that help researchers explore the methodology and resources necessary to begin or continue your journey through Kentucky history.

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  1. Video Panel Session: Researching Kentucky’s African American Roots

    This past February the Kentucky Historical Society and the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky teamed up to host a panel session about Kentucky African American research strategies and resources. The panel was comprised of four experts in the field: Dr. Alicestyne Turley of Berea College, Reinette Jones of the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, Yvonne Giles – the Lexington “Cemetery Lady”, and Mike Denis of Eastern Kentucky University.  Throughout the two hours of dialogue and questions, our panel covered various subjects including: Databases, cemeteries, slavery conditions, pre-Civil War free blacks, black slave owners, family, community, sharing enslaved names, census records,...

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  2. Video How-To: Accessing Our Collections Part 2: Using Our Online Tools (Off-Site)

    Video How-To: Accessing Our Collections Part 2: Using Our Online Tools (Off-Site)

    Welcome back to our video How-To series as we dig further into the Kentucky Historical Society resources! The first video gave you a virtual tour of the library and our on-site resources. This next video will teach you how to access our online tools: catalogs and collections. And while this video will help you prepare for a visit by learning more about what we have here on-site, it will also show you how to access images of a portion of our unique collection from home! Some of the highlights you will learn in this video: How to see images of...

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  3. Video How-To: Accessing Our Collections Part 1 – Visiting the Library

    Video How-To: Accessing Our Collections Part 1 – Visiting the Library

    Kentucky Ancestors, Video Tutorial: Accessing Our Collections Part 1: Visiting the Library Are you ready to take your Kentucky research to another level? Do you have a Kentucky ancestor brick wall? Visiting our library on-site can help take your research to the next level! Prior to your visit, please watch this virtual introduction to accessing our collections on-site. Not only will you enjoy Kentucky’s largest collection of genealogy and local history material, but you’ll also have free access to Ancestry, Fold3, Louisville Courier Journal, and the American Periodicals Series. KHS is also a Family Search Affiliate Library, giving you more...

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  4. FamilySearch Restricted Records Available @KHS

    FamilySearch Restricted Records Available @KHS

    Since 2009, the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library has been a Family Search Affiliate Library. This affiliate status designated our location as a “FamilySearch Center” and delivery point for the microfilm lending program. For almost a decade, Kentucky researchers have been able to borrow records on microfilm from the FamilySearch headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah and view them here in our library. On September 7th, FamilySearch decided to end this loan program in order to concentrate on digitizing images for free access via their popular website: FamilySearch.org Here is a portion of their FAQ concerning the change: After film ordering ends, if...

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