Home Archives: Genealogy
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Collections Corner: The Professional Research Files of Martha Stamper

    Collections Corner: The Professional Research Files of Martha Stamper

    In the past few years, processing and cataloging genealogy collections has been a focus for the staff & volunteers of the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library.  Our goal is to make these collections accessible, treat them with the same respect and care as we do other manuscript collections, and provide...

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  4. New Year, New Genealogy: “Do-Over” or “Do-Better?”

    New Year, New Genealogy: “Do-Over” or “Do-Better?”

    With all the buzz and commentary in the news right now about Thomas MacEntee’s Genealogy Do-Over, it got us to thinking.  As the editors of an online publication devoted to Kentucky genealogy and local history, how could, or should, we participate in this year-long research “do-over”?  At first, we thought it...

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  5. Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    Book Notes – A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America

    A Stitch in Time: The Needlework of Aging Women in Antebellum America. By Aimee E. Newell. (2014. Pp. 312. $29.95. Paperback. Athens: Ohio University Press. 215 Columbus Rd., Suite 101, Athens OH 45701-1373. http://www.ohioswallow.com/) ISBN: 978-0-8214-2052-2. After years of research, it is customary to become frustrated over the lack of female...

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  6. Collections Corner: The Watson-Robinson Letters

    Collections Corner: The Watson-Robinson Letters

    In the summer of 2012, KHS acquired letters that made a few headlines. The reason the Watson-Robinson letters garnered such attention was due to the fact that most of the authors were from the African American community prior to the Civil War. While scholars and historians will spend years dissecting...

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  7. Tracking Olive Tinsley: Documenting a Female in 1830s Kentucky

    Tracking Olive Tinsley: Documenting a Female in 1830s Kentucky

    By: Anissa Penn Davis, Kentucky State Historian: The General Society of Mayflower Descendants It is well-known that finding a female ancestor can be a daunting task.  A researcher counts himself/herself lucky if a maiden name is found in a will.  However, what do researchers do for those females who don’t leave...

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  8. Book Notes – Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends

    Book Notes – Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends

    Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact From Fiction in Family Legends. By Richard Hite. (2013. Pp. 126. $18.95. Softcover. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore MD 21211-1953. www.genealogical.com) ISBN: 978-0-8063-1982-7. Richard Hite has penned a dense treatise on the pitfalls and obstacles we hit when relying...

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  9. The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    The George Blackburn Family of Leaders

    By: Elizabeth Rouse Fielder The George Blackburn Family Major George Blackburn Sr. (b. 16 January 1745, d. 9 September 1817) was one of the early settlers of Augusta County, Virginia.  He married Prudence Berry (b. 5 November 1754, d. 14 June 1836) in Virginia on the 12th of October 1771...

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