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  1. 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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  2. Tax Lists (1792-1840): An Overlooked Resource For Kentucky History and Land Titles

    Tax Lists (1792-1840): An Overlooked Resource For Kentucky History and Land Titles

    By Kandie Adkinson, Administrative Specialist, Land Office Division, Office of the Secretary of State Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a wonderful series written by Ms. Adkinson and originally published by Kentucky Ancestors in 2009. Stay tuned for the next three articles in this series to be published...

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  3. 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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  4. Repository Roundup: Hopkinsville Holdings

    Repository Roundup: Hopkinsville Holdings

    Here we are again, on the road, bringing you details about another great repository in Kentucky! In this case, we will be showing you three wonderful repositories in Hopkinsville, Christian County, which lies in the southwest part of the state, along the Tennessee border. For those of you with Western...

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  5. Collections Corner: Native American Resources in the KHS Library

    Collections Corner: Native American Resources in the KHS Library

    As many of you know, November is Native American Heritage Month. For those of Kentucky lineage, this can be quite important due to the many lines of family impacted by this portion of our population. Despite the many stories we have heard about Native American heritage in our genealogy, documenting...

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  6. 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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  7. Collections Corner: Elder John “Raccoon” Smith Marriage Records

    Collections Corner: Elder John “Raccoon” Smith Marriage Records

    The early Kentucky landscape was often painted as a wild frontier, full of colorful characters that had enough eccentricity and determination to successfully settle this new land. While record keeping might have taken a back seat, or even been overlooked as a necessity in this “wilderness”, the ultimate goal of...

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  8. Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Book Notes – Slaves Identified in Kenton County, 1840-1865

    Slaves Identified in Kenton County, Kentucky Clerk’s and Kenton County Vital Statistic Records, 1840-1865. By Arnold Taylor.  (2014.  Pp. 58.  Spiral Softcover. Lexington: www.slavelawsuits.com)  This new title by Arnold Taylor was recently accepted into the library holdings here at KHS. As a transcribed collection of enslaved individuals listed in Kenton...

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  9. Collections Corner: Naturalization Records on Microfilm

    Collections Corner: Naturalization Records on Microfilm

    When hunting for immigrant ancestors, naturalization records, or those records created by individuals wanting to become U.S. citizens, can be immensely helpful.  KHS recently received a donation of 10 rolls of microfilm containing naturalization records, specifically Petitions for Citizenship books, for 23 Kentucky counties.  While the earliest records in this...

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  10. Repository Roundup: Western Kentucky University

    Repository Roundup: Western Kentucky University

    Editor’s note: This article marks the beginning of a new How-to series for KAO – Repository Roundup. Kentucky has a great reputation for being ‘Records Rich’ – but we want to know WHERE the records are located throughout the state. We hope to feature libraries and collections throughout Kentucky that will...

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