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  1. Collections Corner: The Photographs of Robert Burns Stone

    Collections Corner: The Photographs of Robert Burns Stone

    Every once and a while, you come across one of those collections that is just a gem.  A true diamond.  The Robert Burns Stone Photograph Collection is one such collection.  Stone was a telephone engineer by trade (between 1913 and 1954) and a Christian missionary by faith.  Sometime in the early 1930s, he founded the Faith Mission Band, a Christian missionary organization devoted to the people of the eastern Kentucky mountain region. An amateur photographer, he used lantern slides, which he produced and collected in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, in lectures to promote Christianity as well as to illustrate the life-styles of eastern Kentuckians as part of...

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  2. 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 enough information in the online catalog records to make sure they are noticed by potential users.  To achieve this last goal, we’ve been trying to make sure that both family surnames and geographic locations (states or counties) are part of the catalog records. Many genealogy collections come to us already...

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  3. 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 the social and cultural implications of such letters, our feature today will try to dissect some of the family implications. For those of you from Christian County Kentucky, this is a treasure trove of family connections and insight. However, I would also like to give an all-call to those who...

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  4. 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 the paper trail can be a challenge – to put it mildly. The farther back the story originates, the harder it is to prove that lineage through documentation. Plus, keep in mind, that in many instances, the story may have reflected the opposite of the paper trail – on purpose....

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