Many people have asked themselves "Who were my ancestors?", "Where is my family originally from?" and "Is there anyone famous in my family tree?" The staff at the public library have pulled together sources to help you get started with your research.
Our Kentucky Room in the library contains an extensive amount of records for Laurel County & Kentucky that can be useful in genealogy research.
A collection of databases including the U.S. Federal Census (1790-1930) searchable index with record images, PERSI (Periodical Source Index):the regional history and genealogy newsletter index, Freedman’s Bank Records database: which includes records from depositors in the bank of African American ancestry, and an assortment of digitized genealogy materials such as family history books, city directories, and tax lists. (Click here
to access from home.)
Research your family tree with one of the largest genealogical collections available online. (Available in the library only.)
This online collection includes never before available online National Archives documents, photographs, historical newspapers, military records, and more. Footnote also supports a community of online users who are able to link their own stories, photographs, and information to the original documents. Users have the opportunity to find relatives or people they know of and add to the records in order to provide others with more historical information. These are also searchable, so if the user doesn't want to create their own they can still search others pages. (Available in the library only.)
Provides access to the LDS Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource file, US Social Security Death Index, Vital Records Index, & Family History Web Sites. The site also includes research guides, Family History Center locations, free genealogy forms and more. (Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.)
Search for your ancestors in the Ellis Island/Port of New York Immigration Records online database provided free by the AFIHC.
Access to information about populations & statistics.
For more information about genealogy research please contact Jennifer in the Reference Department at 864-5759 x233.