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  1. Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    Book Notes – The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia

    The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia. Edited by: Gerald L. Smith, Karen Cotton McDaniel, and John A. Hardin. (2015. Pp. 596. $49.95. Hardcover. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington KY 40508-4008. www.kentuckypress.com) ISBN: 978-0-8131-6065-8. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is the first encyclopedia to record the history of...

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Image research in the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection

    Image research in the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection

    Kentucky genealogists have a tremendous resource available to them in the form of the Ronald Morgan Kentucky Postcard Collection.  Anyone wanting to research the landscape their ancestors walked through can search through thousands of digitized images of Kentucky towns, places and subjects. Searching the Library Catalog There are two ways...

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  5. Book Notes–Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

    Book Notes–Frontiersmen in the War of 1812

    Frontiersman in the War of 1812. By Glen Conner. (2015. Pp. 360. $26.95. Hardback. Morley: Acclaim Press. P.O. Box 238, Morely, MO 63801. http://www.acclaimpress.com/) ISBN: 978-1-938905-90-2. When reading about the War of 1812, Conner was surprised to learn seventeen men from his home county, Allen County KY, had been in the war....

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  6. Kentucky Tax Lists: Revenue Collection During the Civil War (1861-1865)

    Kentucky Tax Lists:  Revenue Collection During the Civil War (1861-1865)

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State The Third in a Series of Articles Regarding the Significance of Tax List Research As the great-great-granddaughter of a Virginian who fell during Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg and the widow of a former commander of the...

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  7. Tax Lists (1841-1860): An Overlooked Resource for Kentucky History and Land Titles

    Tax Lists (1841-1860): An Overlooked Resource for Kentucky History and Land Titles

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State The Second in a Series of Four Articles Regarding the Significance of Tax List Research Shortly before Thanksgiving 2009 a researcher stopped by the Land Office and requested copies of land patents for family study during...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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