Home Archives: Genealogy
  1. 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...

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  2. Collections Corner: Henry Middleton Hyatt Genealogy Collection

    Collections Corner: Henry Middleton Hyatt Genealogy Collection

    The Rev. Dr. Harry Middleton Hyatt was a folklorist interested in Adams County, Illinois and witchcraft. He began researching the Millers of Millersburg, Kentucky in 1973, to publish an update to the 1929 edition, but died (Dec. 1978) before he could publish his work. Harry Middleton Hyatt, M.A., D.D., was...

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  3. Collections Corner: Chinn Family Genealogy Collection

    Collections Corner: Chinn Family Genealogy Collection

    Hazel Chinn Besserer compiled this Chinn family research collection between 1970 and 1985, and contributed to published information on the Chinn family.  As part of her research, she traced her line back through Kentucky to Cabell Breckinridge Chinn (1823-1862), named after one of his father’s legal clients, Joseph Cabell Breckinridge...

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  4. Collections Corner: Jeroline Ann Baker genealogy collection

    Collections Corner: Jeroline Ann Baker genealogy collection

    Jeroline Baker (1932-2007) was born June 25, 1932, in Paris, Kentucky, the daughter of Ida Mae Lacefield Baker and Emmit Baker.  Ms. Baker graduated from Frankfort High School in 1950 and held undergraduate degrees from Cumberland and Georgetown Colleges, a Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD....

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  5. National Library Week: Ancestor Selfie

    National Library Week: Ancestor Selfie

    Since the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library at KHS houses the largest genealogy collection in the state, the majority of our visiting researchers are actively searching for their ancestors. One thing we encourage around here: Ancestor Selfies. When you find your ancestor within the pages of a book, or deep...

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  6. It’s National Library Week! What Are YOU Reading?

    It’s National Library Week! What Are YOU Reading?

    Welcome to National Library Week! All across the country, people are celebrating the value of libraries in our communities! The theme this year is: Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.  “First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across...

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  7. History Mystery: The Miller Family Fraktur

    History Mystery: The Miller Family Fraktur

    This month’s History Mystery features a special family treat, with some unanswered questions. We’ve all seen the occasional family Bible record that recorded the life and death events of family members. While most are fairly simple in design, some can contain beautiful color embellishments. The thing I want you to...

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  8. Ties That Bind: A Kentucky Family’s Westward Migration and Their Friendship with Abraham Lincoln

    Ties That Bind: A Kentucky Family’s Westward Migration and Their Friendship with Abraham Lincoln

    By: Christopher L. Starr I have yet to meet a genealogist that did not have at least one amazing story to share about the unexpected path that their research took.  As my own research progressed, this native New Englander was very surprised by the western turn made by my family....

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