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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. Kentucky Tax Lists: Revenue Collection During the Civil War (1861-1865)

    Kentucky Tax Lists:  Revenue Collection During the Civil War (1861-1865)

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State The Third in a Series of Articles Regarding the Significance of Tax List Research As the great-great-granddaughter of a Virginian who fell during Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg and the widow of a former commander of the Sons of Union Veterans, Department of Kentucky, I looked forward to our sesquicentennial remembrance of the Civil War.  Starting in 2011 we saw a marked increase in the number of reenactments, books, debates, and visual media regarding the war that divided our families and our country. How many times have...

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  2. Tax Lists (1841-1860): An Overlooked Resource for Kentucky History and Land Titles

    Tax Lists (1841-1860): An Overlooked Resource for Kentucky History and Land Titles

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State The Second in a Series of Four Articles Regarding the Significance of Tax List Research Shortly before Thanksgiving 2009 a researcher stopped by the Land Office and requested copies of land patents for family study during the holidays. During the course of our conversation, he stated he had accessed tax lists and had found the information as significant as census records. He said “Tax lists bring life to my ancestors. By studying annual tax reports I am learning more about my family and their way of...

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  3. Tax Lists (1792-1840): An Overlooked Resource For Kentucky History and Land Titles

    Tax Lists (1792-1840): An Overlooked Resource For Kentucky History and Land Titles

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a wonderful series written by Ms. Adkinson and originally published by Kentucky Ancestors in 2009. Stay tuned for the next three articles in this series to be published in the following months. Buried in microfilm cabinets in Kentucky’s research libraries are rolls of microfilm simply labeled “Tax Lists.” Arranged by county in chronological order, tax lists are a hidden treasures for researchers studying the history, culture, and land titles of Kentucky. As census information is collected decennially (every ten...

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  4. Pickling Our Past: Preserving & Sharing Family Recipes

    Pickling Our Past: Preserving & Sharing Family Recipes

    By: Jennifer Howard, KHS Librarian Q: Dear Kentucky Historical Society, With the Christmas season upon us, I find myself concerned, once again, about the heirloom recipes in my family’s collection. We cook from them every year, and each year they become more brittle. I don’t want to lose the originals, but would also like a practical way to share the recipes with other family members. Can you give me some advice regarding the original recipe condition, and how best to share without contributing to the decay each year? Sincerely, Recipe Betty A: Ironically Betty, I was presented with the same...

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