Your Guide to Researching Your Kentucky Ancestors
State Capital: Frankfort
Basic Guides to Kentucky Research
All of the three books listed below have a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for Kentucky. If you don't have a copy of one of the books, try to get a photocopy of the pages covering Kentucky from one of them at your local library.
Books you might purchase or use in a library include
Use the Family History Library
Bookmark or print out these FHL documents:
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Kentucky ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Projects on the web:
See what is available for your counties of interest at at the Kentucky Gen Web (use the county selection list to find what's available for each of the counties). Then do the same for the ALHN Kentucky pages and the AHGP Kentucky pages. See also Kentucky Genealogy, which doesn't have a page for every county, but has a substantial amount of helpful information.
Visit the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. This site offers a helpful page on Family History/Records Research. (but note fees apply to the searches). You will probably first want to use other resources to verify that the record exists.
The Kentucky Genealogical Society website includes a substantial amount of information on
Access Genealogy: Kentucky Church Records
City Directories: Kentucky (this site begins to identify what directories exist and where they can be located, but it is not a complete union list of all city directories.)
Books, Periodicals, Articles, Tapes, CD's etc.
On The Web
Cemetery RecordsFind burials at Interment.net