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National Library Week: Consult With an Expert

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Experts are people who have a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge or skill in a particular area.  Often these people are very inaccessible, either to find them or to understand what they are talking about when they try to explain some topic. Luckily for you, the folks at the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at the Kentucky Historical Society are actively gathering these experts to help you with your family history needs.

We have several ways in which you can find experts to help with specific topics or your run-of-the-mill brick wall. One of the best methods for answering your questions regarding where to search for records in the state, or which direction to take next can be found right here at the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library Reference Desk! Our librarians have answered tons of genealogy/research related questions over the years. While we usually can’t spend a lot of time consulting in-depth about your tree, we can give you assistance and directional advice when you get stuck or need help using the records available! We are friendly and ready to help, so stop by with your questions! 

For more in-depth expert interaction, you should consider attending some of our FREE programs designed to enhance your skills and provide engagement opportunities with local experts! See below to pick the learning opportunity that is right for you!

Thursday NightJoin us each Thursday evening in the Library Reading Room during regular season hours for a full hour of genealogy instruction. These genealogy sessions will take place each Thursday night from 6:30-7:30PM, beginning March 13th and running until December 11th. All it takes is an hour to hone your research skills, get started on the basics, preserve your documents, get organized, become more familiar with genealogy software or share your genealogy success stories!
Sessions are free and registration is NOT required. For more info:khsrefdesk@ky.gov or 502-564-1792 x.4460

Some of our upcoming topics include:

April 23: Genealogical Proof Standard
April 30: Case Study Night
May 7: Researching Cemeteries
May 14: Using Ancestry.com
May 21: Using FamilySearch.org
May 28: Using the NEW Heritage Quest

10841949_10152968101446215_200967576621198884_oSecond Saturday Genealogy:  Join expert lecturers as they present and discuss on topics as varied as DNA research, Women on the Frontier and our upcoming topic: Kentucky Digital Repositories.  On the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway.  Sessions run from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Co-sponsored with the Kentucky Genealogical Society.  These sessions are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but advanced registration is recommended:502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or KHSrefdesk@ky.gov.


genealogy-tea-sympathyJoin our Library staff on the 5th Saturday of every month from 2-4PM for tea time and good ole fashioned conversation. Have an ancestor that is eluding you? Confused about which source to use next? Have questions about the proof standard or how to get the kids involved? Bring along your genealogy issues, hot topics or questions and the group will try to help you out. Even if we can’t solve your problem, we promise to provide lots of tea and sympathy!

All research levels welcome – let’s learn from each other’s experiences!

2015 fifth Saturdays include: May 30th, August 29th, October 31st.

Each Genealogy Tea and Sympathy session is free and tea is provided at the event. Please pre-register by calling the KHS Refdesk at 502-564-1792 x.4460 or by e-mailing us at: khsrefdesk@ky.gov

Remember that experts come in all shapes and sizes and may just resemble the person sitting right next to you!  So come on into the library and talk to an expert during National Library Week.  There are unlimited possibilities @yourlibrary!

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  1. wrote on April 19th, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Debbie Johnson

    I am just wondering if any of these full hour of genealogy instructions will be Webinars someday? I live close to the Tennessee border and not able to get to these teaching (that sound wonderful, by the way).

    Thank you,
    Debbie Johnson

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