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Friday, July 24, 2009

Kentucky Historical Society -- a genealogical gem

The Kentucky Historical Society Website is a gem of genealogical resource. The online resources include the following:

Kentucky Historical Society Library Catalog
The library's collection of more than 90,000 published works-includes microfilm collections, computer files on CD-ROM, video recordings and other media, as well as rare books, manuscripts and mixed material collections located in the Kentucky Historical Society's Special Collections.

KHS Digital Collections
Access digital images, sound, video, and text from the KHS collections of historic photographs, manuscripts, oral history, maps, rare imprints, library resource lists, and museum artifacts.

Online Resources A listing of useful Internet resources, including subscription databases, for doing genealogical and historical research.

Guide to Kentucky Oral History Collections
Database Temporarily Unavailable
Kentucky Oral History Commission's guide describes the oral history holdings at repositories throughout the state. Researchers can browse individual collections or perform searches across all repositories.

Civil Rights Movement in Kentucky Online Digital Media Database
Database Temporarily Unavailable
A comprehensive collection of audio and video interviews and over 10,000 pages of electronic transcripts. All material is full-text searchable and can be sorted by county, subject or by decade.

Kentucky Historical Marker Database
Based on the book Roadside History: A Guide to Kentucky Highway Markers.

Kentucky Cemetery Records Database
Contains hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. Volunteers have documented graves, from urban cemeteries to rural plots, as part of the Kentucky Cemetery Records Project.

Kentucky Virtual Library
KYVL provides access to library catalogs across the state, finding aids for archival collections, online databases and encyclopedias, indexes, and other reference resources. Users in the Center for Kentucky History have access to all KYVL databases. Users outside the Center can contact their local Kentucky librarian for help accessing this service.

Kentuckiana Digital Library
Gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. This collection includes indexed copies of hundreds of digitized local newspapers.

Take some time to explore this extensive resource.

1 comment:

  1. A better and more resourceful place to study Kentucky genealogy & history is the King Library in Lexington, Ky. One may not want to pay dues to the Kentucky Historical Society. According to court records,(Franklin County Circuit Court, Case No. 06-CI-00365), the Society sues its own members when they try to select their own officers. The Society is operated by political patronage appointed directors. The Society further doubles dips into coffers, stating when convenient it is a non-profit organization. Then it charges children $5.00 for admission. Right before the court case, the Society fired its long time and very knowledgeable historian, replacing him with mcworkers with little or no knowledge, let alone any helpfulness.