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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. 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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  2. Using JSTOR for Genealogy Research

    Using JSTOR for Genealogy Research

    State history journals can be a treasure trove of useful information for family historians and local history enthusiasts alike. Many state historical societies included a journal focusing on the early history of their region among their earliest offerings to members and scholars.  In addition to articles on a wide array of topics, most of these publications also reported on recent acquisitions, “queries and questions” pieces, and transcriptions of manuscripts in their collections.  Early print indexes to these magazines leave a great deal to be desired for the family history detective, often limiting their efforts to article authors, titles and main...

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  3. Using the Draper Manuscripts to Find Early Settlers

    Using the Draper Manuscripts to Find Early Settlers

    By: Cheri Daniels, KAO Editor & KHS Head of Reference Services One of the most underutilized resources we have here in the library is the Draper Manuscripts Collection on Microfilm. The primary strength of the Draper Collection lies in its early settlement information, specifically on the individual level. When Lyman Copeland Draper was born in 1815, he grew up around those who had settled the new western territories, and who had fought in the American Revolution or the War of 1812. These stories of bravery and hardships were enough to impress any youngster, but Draper was very influenced by these stories and realized...

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  4. Image research in the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection

    Image research in the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection

    Kentucky genealogists have a tremendous resource available to them in the form of the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection.  Anyone wanting to research the landscape their ancestors walked through can search through thousands of digitized images of Kentucky towns, places and subjects. Searching the Library Catalog There are two ways to access the collection.  The first is to use the main library catalog which will allow you to search by place name, county and subject.  This type of search will bring up all collections that link to the search term used.  If you type in Paducah the result will be...

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