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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.

Written Tutorials

  1. Brick by Brick: Tips for Dismantling Your Brick Wall

    Brick by Brick: Tips for Dismantling Your Brick Wall

    By: Cheri Daniels, KAO Editor and KHS Head of Reference Services In the previous issue, I outlined some of the major pitfalls we Family Historians fall victim to as we unknowingly create our own brick walls. The tips covered to help you avoid those traps can also be helpful when encountering the random ‘brick wall’ or, as some ironically refer to it as: ‘the dead end’. By contrast, the ‘brick wall’ or ‘dead end’ that is encountered instead of created usually appears at an unexpected juncture of your research journey. Up until this point, you may have followed excellent genealogical methods...

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  2. Researching Kentucky Genealogy – Part 2: County boundaries

    Researching Kentucky Genealogy – Part 2: County boundaries

    By: Louise Jones, KHS Director, Special Collections and Library This article is the second in a series that looks at resources available to those doing genealogy in Kentucky.  Everyone who has ever read an article on “Getting Started on Your Family Tree” knows that there is more to tracing your ancestry than birth and death records.  Many of us, however, find the vast array of available resources bewildering and overwhelming.  In this series we will address each type of resource, outline research strategies and highlight common obstacles.  Our goal is to give both beginner and veteran genealogists a new perspective...

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  3. “Where in Kentucky is…”

    “Where in Kentucky is…”

    By Don Rightmyer Finding Kentucky Place Names in Family History Research Kentucky place names and their geographical locations in the state can be an extremely important part of any genealogical research. There are a number of different references that you can use during your family history research that can be a real help in your efforts and in helping to make sense of the genealogical information you find. Kentucky Place Names by Robert M. Rennick is one of the most comprehensive resources published in recent years to help discover in which county a particular place is located and something about...

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  4. Researching Kentucky Genealogy – Part 1: Important Dates

    Researching Kentucky Genealogy – Part 1: Important Dates

    By: Louise Jones, KHS Director, Special Collections and Library This article will be the first in a series that looks at resources available to those doing genealogy in Kentucky.  Everyone who has ever read an article on “Getting Started on Your Family Tree” knows that there is more to tracing your ancestry than birth and death records.  Many of us, however, find the vast array of available resources bewildering and overwhelming.  In this series we will address each type of resource, outline research strategies and highlight common obstacles.  Our goal is to give both beginner and veteran genealogists a new...

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Video Tutorials

 

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