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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. Repository Roundup: Western Kentucky University

    Repository Roundup: Western Kentucky University

    Editor’s note: This article marks the beginning of a new How-to series for KAO – Repository Roundup. Kentucky has a great reputation for being ‘Records Rich’ – but we want to know WHERE the records are located throughout the state. We hope to feature libraries and collections throughout Kentucky that will help you in your research. While KAO staff will be traveling to visit some of Kentucky’s rich resource repositories, we can’t get to everyone – which means, we need your help! If you know of a great library or collection in Kentucky available to researchers, take some pics and write...

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  2. Attending National Genealogical Conferences: Tips & First Impressions

    Attending National Genealogical Conferences: Tips & First Impressions

    By: Jodi Roessler, Genealogy Blogger and KGS Board Member If you have ever even considered attending a genealogy conference, be it big or small; national, state, or regional; DO IT, if even just once! While I am still new to this particular side of the genealogy world, it is one of the best decisions I have made to date in my genealogical journey. I learned so very much in a few short days, and not all of it in the sessions. My first conference was the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, conveniently located just...

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  3. Resource Gem: The E.E. Barton Papers of Northern Kentucky

    Resource Gem: The E.E. Barton Papers of Northern Kentucky

    By: Cheri Daniels, KAO Editor and KHS Head of Reference Services What if it were possible to go back in time 70+ years and ask your living relatives about their memories, known ancestors, and family origins? For many in the Northern part of the state, this could be a real possibility. I’m not talking about time travel per se, but rather, a collection of family nuggets so juicy, you couldn’t help but treasure them forever.  Let me introduce you to the E.E. Barton Papers of Northern Kentucky. The E.E. Barton Papers Collection of Northern Kentucky has predominantly been looked upon as...

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  4. A Solution for Comparing 1810-1840 Census Records

    A Solution for Comparing 1810-1840 Census Records

    By: James Gill, KHS Volunteer Some genealogists avoid using the censuses prior to 1850 because these enumerations do not name all the members of the household.  Despite this handicap, the censuses from 1790 to 1840 can be very useful for tracking a family’s movements, for getting a general picture of the number and ages of males and females in a family and for clues of where to look for records. Here is the problem: I had four census records (1810-1840) for a James Downing, each in a different location. Although I had some information on this family, I didn’t know...

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