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  1. Winter Hours in the Library

    Winter Hours in the Library

    As crazy as the month of December is with Christmas and bad weather and parties galore, the staff at the KHS Special Collections and Library takes it up another notch in preparing for our Winter Hours.  Now you may be thinking if we are “closed,” then what is there to prepare for?  While it is true that we are not available to walk-in researchers from December 15 through March 7, we are still in the building Monday through Friday, working on various projects and answering research inquiries. All of these projects require a great deal of preparation just to get...

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  2. Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

    Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

    When Native American Heritage Month rolls around, Kentuckians with Native American roots usually take notice. Regionally, Kentucky not only played a large part in migration patterns for several eastern tribes but it also sits very close to a major tribal area: The Eastern Band of the Cherokee. Many Kentuckians have heard oral traditions passed down that claim shared bloodlines to one or more tribes in the area. So, how should we approach this type of family tradition? We asked professional genealogist Anita Finger-Smith to help with this situation. As a researcher affiliated with the Eastern Cherokee tribe, she is accomplished...

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  3. Creepy Genealogy

    Creepy Genealogy

    By: Cheri Daniels, KAO Editor and KHS Head of Reference Services Genealogists are usually very cognizant of those odd moments, when we discover something during our research that sends a tiny little shiver down the spine…..or gives us goose bumps…..or makes us pass by it quickly because it’s just plain creepy. History is full of genuine horror stories and unexplained phenomenon, and although I have never encountered the paranormal during my two decades worth of research, I have had my fair share of creepy encounters. Let’s explore a few examples of “creepy genealogy”…..after all, ’tis the season to share our spooky...

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  4. Welcome to Kentucky Ancestors Online!

    Welcome to Kentucky Ancestors Online!

    Where to start?  Well, let’s first begin with introductions:  your Kentucky Ancestors Online editorial team consists of Cheri Daniels and Louise Jones.  Cheri, your friendly neighborhood Senior Librarian and Reference Specialist is also a 7th generation Kentuckian, blogger, bibliophile, technology/social media junkie and seasoned researcher who began her library and genealogy journeys at the age of 16. Louise, your friendly neighborhood Director of Special Collections and Library is also an accomplished horse-woman, Mom to an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and has worked for three different state historical societies over the last 20 years, helping genealogists, local historians and academic...

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