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  1. 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 the Kentucky pioneers was to establish a stable new home, complete with services and infrastructure that they could proudly point to as a fruit of their settlement labors. Religion was one such structural element that became an early presence in Kentucky. Due to the hardships involved in settling a new...

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  2. Collections Corner: New Book Donations from KGS!

    Collections Corner: New Book Donations from KGS!

    Thank You, Kentucky Genealogical Society (KGS)! The Kentucky Genealogical Society recently gave a donation of $1500 to the KHS Martin F. Schmidt Research Library for the purchase of library books, particularly focusing on county publications.  With budget cuts in recent years, the library’s acquisitions have mainly been donations of books and other materials. Since we have not been able to purchase newer titles relating to Kentucky counties, our overall collection was not as up-to-date as we would have liked. Thanks to KGS, the KHS County collection is catching up quite nicely! Using this donation, we acquired 51 new titles (at an...

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  3. 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 group go back to 1829 (Campbell County), most of the records are for the early 20th century. The counties and years included are: Barren: 1908-1916 Boone: 1908 Campbell: 1829-1851, 1859-1904, 1906-1929 Casey: 1892-1900 Christian: 1909-1932 Daviess: 1840-1876 Fayette: 1892-1905 Franklin: 1907-1910 Fulton: 1907-1912 Gallatin: 1914-1916 Graves: 1911 Grayson: 1914-1920 Hardin:...

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  4. Collections Corner: New Databases Available in the Library!

    Collections Corner: New Databases Available in the Library!

    Visitors to the Martin F. Schmidt Research Library now have free access to two new databases for researching their family history: American Periodicals (1740-1940): “This database contains 1509 periodicals published between 1740 and 1940, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children’s and women’s magazines and many other historically-significant periodicals.” The Louisville Courier Journal Newspaper (1830-1922):  “This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.” Both new resources can be accessed for free while visiting the library (onsite) through your own device,...

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