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Precious family heirlooms (i.e., letters, diaries, photographs, family bibles, etc.) may suggest that a male ancestor served in the military during the American Civil War. His disappearance from State tax rolls (ca. 1861 – 65) or the 1870 Federal Census may corroborate this. In this webinar, we will discuss important dates surrounding the Civil War as well as a variety of State and Federal records (in Book, Microfilm and Online formats) that can reveal rewarding information of historical and genealogical value about your patron's Civil War ancestors.
9/16/2015 | 1 hour | Handout (PDF)
Ancestry is often the first resource that genealogy researchers use, but then where should they go? After briefly covering the differences between the library edition of Ancestry and a personal subscription, we discuss the newly renovated HeritageQuest Online; finding obituaries; ward maps and other census tools; and the (free!) riches of the Family History Library, along with several other resources. We will also share search strategies that can help to uncover difficult-to-find records.
3/4/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Each year the Kenton County Public Library offers a popular free historic walking tour program. In this webinar, Cierra Earl will share tips and ideas on how to plan, research, and share the rich past of your community.
3/15/2018 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Trace Kirkwood, Local Records Branch Manager at KDLA, guides us through the archival research process he used to discover the history of a particular hedgerow in Shelby County, KY. This session is unique in that Trace will provide step-by-step instructions for researching the historical aspects of a tract of land. ***Please note, this session is a repeat from the 2016 Kentucky Archives Institute.
9/9/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Learn more about the state's official birth and death records and how to find them.
10/16/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
A recent Pew study (2013) noted that “African-Americans and Hispanics are especially tied to their libraries and eager to see new services” and that “African-Americans are more likely than whites to say they visit to get help from a librarian.” One of the outreach services African American patrons seek is assistance with family history/genealogical research. Many of these users may be pursuing this information as a hobby or passion, brought about by the popularity of television programs such as Finding Your Roots and Who Do You Think You Are But many are seeking heritage, adoption or medically essential data. The staff of libraries may not be knowledgeable about the many types of resources that the AA genealogist must use. This webinar introduces the information professional on the front lines, to the types of records available and how to help the patron in formulating successful research strategies.
2/25/2014 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
Census records are vital to genealogical research, but sometimes researchers miss all that these complicated records have to offer. Katherine and Rosemary, librarians at Western Kentucky University, will share practical search strategies for finding and understanding federal and state census records and other census data.
7/26/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Historians and Genealogists often find research in Kentucky before 1850 to be challenging due to the lack of census information and vital statistics. This presentation will explore the other records types and methods that researchers can use when venturing into the Kentucky history between statehood and the late Antebellum Era.
9/12/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Learn how warrants, entries, surveys, and grants are used to convey title in the commonwealth. Accessibility of patent files on the Kentucky Land Office website will also be discussed. Instructor Kandie Adkinson will also provide tips for researching Kentucky land patents including the usage of Kentucky Tax Lists to determine patentees.
4/26/2019 | 2.5 hours | Slides (PDF), Updated Links​ (PDF)
In recent years, web sites, TV shows, and blogs have promoted DNA testing for genealogists, and testing services have sprung up to meet demand. pushes its own testing kit (“Get personalized details about your unique ethnic origins”), claiming that DNA testing is the next logical step in family tree research. But what do you really get, and is it worth the price? We discuss the logistics of DNA testing and take a hard look at the legal issues involved in genealogy’s hottest topic.
6/23/2015 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session will cover the steps to begin genealogical research, commonly used records, research tips and online resources. We will also explore challenges found when doing historical research and review some Kentucky specific resources that may be of use to your patrons.
12/12/2017 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Crowdsourcing Genealogy with Tea and Sympathy -Where can I plant my trees? Traditional vs. digital family trees -Book-A-Librarian Appointments -What to do when is available -Genealogy Seminars in the Public Library
8/4/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Join us at the November Library Link Up to get and share ideas on innovative genealogy programming. You'll hear from four seasoned librarians on a wide variety of genealogy programming ideas that may be helpful for you and your genealogy/family history patrons. Please come ready to learn and collaborate with your fellow librarians!
11/2/2017 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
Learn more about Kentucky's World War I records available for research at the Kentucky State Archives.
6/23/2016 | 0.75 hours | ​Handout​ (PDF)
This session provides an overview of Kentucky Land Records.
3/8/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
This session provides a brief overview of Kentucky Probate Records including Order Books, Administrator and Executor Bonds, Appraisals and Inventories, Settlements, and Wills.
2/16/2016 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
This webinar will be an official look of sorts at Kentucky in the years 1792-1794. The presentation will include Marriages, Wills, Deeds and Tax Lists and well as other county clerk and circuit court records from the period.
1/31/2018 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
This webinar provides an overview of the Kentucky Council of Defense records. The Council of Defense was created in 1916 at first to record the nations participation in the Mexican Border Campaign. In 1917, the Council of Defense at the state and county level began recording civilian organizations and military participation in the First World War. After the end of the War at the Treaty of Versailles, The state and county histories were published as well as a series of service cards for military personnel. The county histories were generally held by the county clerks offices.
4/6/2017 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
Many people believe that their ancestors' names were "changed at Ellis Island," either through carelessness or contempt, but that idea is an urban legend. We take a close look at contemporary images and federal documents, and analyze federal laws pertaining to immigration processing, in order to establish the truth about this bit of American history. Those name changes did happen, but they did not happen at Ellis Island or any other immigrant processing station.
8/4/2015 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Created annually, these records may help fill in the gap where other historical records may not exits. Researchers have found these records to be very helpful with pre-1850s Kentucky research.
8/18/2016 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
We will review the various types of divorce records that can be found in Kentucky while doing historical research.
1/20/2015 | 0.5 hours | Slides (PDF)
Learn more about Kentucky's Works Progress Administration collection. One of the most unique collections at the Kentucky State Archives.
5/4/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives maintains a vast number of Kentucky's permanent records. These include court cases, vital statistics, and local records (deeds, marriages, wills, taxes, etc.). Our holdings are an important source for genealogical research within Kentucky, and we would like to provide you with an overview of our collection and services in order to help you with your research or to better assist your customers.
10/11/2018 | 0.75 hours | Slides (PDF)
The Civil War Governors of Kentucky Digital Documentary Edition (CWG-K) launched "Early Access"—the first stage of accessibility—in June 2016, allowing users to browse and keyword search over 10,000 documents. The next step—"Annotation Beta"—is to deliver approximately 1,500 documents, annotated and set within dense social and geographic networks. This presentation will demonstrate how CWG-K will shape the ways researchers, students, and teachers will explore the past in the future.
10/14/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
Finding information of genealogical value on U.S. Federal Census records can be incredibly fun and rewarding - for patrons and librarians alike! An understanding of the history and development of the Census record itself, however, adds important historical, social, economic and even political context to our ancestors who are found on this most valued resource. Log-in, learn… and enjoy!
5/18/2016 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)
As DNA testing companies such as 23 and Me, Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA, etc., become more and more popular, library patrons are increasingly interested in this process and how it can be useful to help solve genealogy questions. This presentation gives an overview of the different types of DNA for genealogy tests, how to interpret the results, and how the presenter used DNA evidence to solve a 100-year mystery in his family tree.
10/3/2019 | 1 hour | Slides (PDF)


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