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Kentucky Bibles
KY USGenWeb Bible Archives
KY Footsteps Archives
USGenWeb Archives


  Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project ~ now searchable and on the KyGenWeb site.
  KY USGenWeb Archives
  USGenWeb Archives
  Sandi Gorin's Biographies Message Board at Rootsweb
  The Political Graveyard ~ The Internet's Most Comprehensive Source of U.S. Political Biography
  Famous Kentuckians


  See Vital Statistics

Black History, Slaves, Slavery Etc

  Kentucky African American Griots Project
  UNC Chapel Hill Collection
  • 19th Century Autobiographies
  • Slave Narratives
  • The Fascinating Life of William Brown~ Louisville, Ky
  •   Africana Heritage Project ~ hosted by the University of South Florida
      Slave Entries in Wills, Deeds, Etc. ~ by Jo Thiessen
      Before Needles - Executions In America Before Lethal Injection
      Kentucky Collection Laws
    ~ Includes lists of Kentucky attorneys, bankers, etc.
      Afrigeneas ~ ~ Probably the best-known Black American genealogy site.
      How Slavery Helped Build a World Economy ~ National Georgraphic Website
      The AFRO-American Almanac
      The Freedmen's Bureau Online
      African American Griots Project
      Amistad Research Center
      African American Research by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan, Ph.D
      The Challenge of African American Research by Curt Witcher
      Born in Slavery ~Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project 1936-1938
      The Southern Claims Commission by Reginald Washington
      The Britannica Guide to Black History
      The Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture
      Notable KY African Americans
      Notable Kentucky African Americans Database
      Free African Americans of VA, SC, NC, DE & MD
      KY Historical Society Civil Rights Database
      Wachovia Report on U.S. Banks and Slavery
      The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
      Black Civil War Soldiers buried at Alexandria National Cemetery
      Biographical Sketches of Prominent Negro Men & Women of KY


      Books Publishers, Sellers, County Books
      First Families of Louisville ~ Book Transcription


      Some Gave All ~ Soldiers KIA in France during WWII buried at Saint Avold, France
      KY USGenWeb Archives
      Kentucky Tombstone Transcription Project
      USGenWeb Archives
      USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project
      Kentucky Historical Society ~ Kentucky Cemetery Records Database
      Kentucky Cemetery Laws
  • Kentucky Revised Statutes relating to cemeteries
  • Opinions of the Kentucky Attorney General relating to cemeteries
  • Some Court Decisions Related to Cemeteries
  • Regulations for Moving Burials from a cemetery
  • More from P J DiBlasi ~ Professor of Anthropology at University of Louisville
  •   Veterans Administration
  • Symbols on Headstones
  • National Memorial Cemeteries
  • Obtaining Veterans Records, Medals, etc
  • VA Gravesite Locator
  •   Political Graveyard ~ Graveyards in Kentucky containing politicians
      Dowsing for Graves? ~ Interesting site
      Kentucky Governors Gravesites
      RootsWeb User Database ~ Cemetery databases submitted by researchers just like you. Searchable!
      RootsWeb Message Boards ~ Search the message boards for cemetery information!
      Tips on Cemetery Cleaning and Photographing


      US Census Transcription Project
      GenSource - Kentucky
      USGenWeb Census Project
      USGenWeb Census Images
      Ancestry Census Images ~ Subscription site.
      Census Online ~ Links to Online Census Records
      Census Online - Kentucky
      Discover your family history! ~
      Comprehensive guide to the 1930 census by NARA.

    Churches, Church Archives, etc

      Mennonite Connections on the Web
      Deseret Book ~ A Mormon Site
      Family History Library ~An official site of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    City Directories

      City Directories Online - Ky
      Old City Directories~ Online help or purchase CD

    Coal Mining in Kentucky

      Coal mining is big business in Kentucky and an important part of our economy. You'll find information and photos on mines, miners, disasters, fatalities, etc. on the following KyGenWeb county pages. Bell | Carter |         Johnson | Harlan | Leslie | Webster
      Kentucky Coal Education Website
      Kentucky Coal Heritage
      Kentucky Coal Mines
      KY Mining Institute
      Kentucky Coal Council
      Kentucky Coal Mining Museum
      A Pictoral History of Coal Mining
      A Tribute to Coal Miners - Where they Worked, Where They Lived
      Time Line of KY Coal Mining
      Commerating the Kentucky Coal Miner
      The Coal Information Network
      Seventy Years in the Coal Mines - Page currently under re-construction
      Coal Mining Artifacts
      Kentucky Department of Natural Resources
      Remembering Bon Jellico Coal Mine & Mining Community

    Courts in Kentuky

      Kentucky Court of Justice
      County Court Clerks - Contact info
      Courts & Laws from the State of Kentucky
      KY Supreme Court Extracts 1785-1792

    DNA Testing

      Family Tree DNA


      See Vital Statistics
      Epidemics and when they occurred
      Narrative of the Cholera Epidemic of 1873

    Fraternal Organizations

      I.O.O.F. Website


      Genealogy Online ~ Over 300 Gedcom files and 250,000 individuals, plus more.
      World Connect ~ Thousands of GEDCOM files. Use RootsWeb's PostEm Notes to attach a note to any file. Receive an email when someone adds a note to your file.
      OneGreatFamily ~ Subscription Site
      Search the World's Largest Pedigree-linked Database at ~ Subscription Site
      USGenWeb Family Group Sheet Project

    Genealogy Gateways

      The USGenWeb Project
      United States Resources - Kentucky ~ Rootsweb ~ Largest Free Genealogy Website on the WWW.
      Genealogy Gateway (TM) to the Web
      USGenNet ~ A nonprofit historical-genealogical web-hosting service supported solely by tax-deductible contributions.
      Genealogy Sources on the Internet ~ Chris Gaunt Website
      All Genealogy Sites ~ Links to over 500 genealogy sites
      Lineages, Inc. ~ Kentucky Research Room
      Genealogy Today required
      Genealogy Links
      Click here for Burke's Peerage & Gentry.
      Search the World's Largest Pedigree-linked Database at
      Discover your family history!~
      Ancestors Website ~ A companion site to the PBS history & genealogy television series

    Genealogy/Historical Societies

      Kentucky Historical Society
      Genealogy & Historical Societies

    Governmental Links

      Kentucky State Government Pages
      Ky Secretary of State
      Kentucky State Flag
      Defense Link
      US Government Printing Office
      VA Links
      Official Government Gateway
      National Assn of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
      Military Locator Service ~ "This information can help you to locate active, reserve, and retired Department of Defense (DOD) military personnel".
      Unclaimed Property ~ Millions of dollars of unclaimed property sit in the state treasurers offices all over the country just waiting for the owner or their heirs to claim it.


      Deciphering Old Handwriting
      Old Handwriting Samples ~ The Olive Tree
      How To Read A 200-Year-Old Document and Other FAQs
      How to Date a Postcard

    How To's, Tutorials, etc.

      RootsWeb's Guide To Tracing Family Trees
      Cyndi's Home Page Construction Kit ~ Tips, hints, links and more to help you create your personal genealogy home page!

    Immigration Links

      Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
      Ellis Island immigration database
      Naturalization Records Website
      Children Ordered Sent to Virginia 1618-1642
      Castle Garden
      Castle Garden Ships Passenger Lists, 1855-1890
      The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

    Land Records

      Kentucky Land Records ~ Ky Secretary of State
      Where to obtain Land Patents/Warrents
      Ellis L. Bullis Land Patents - are you related?

    Legal Terms, etc.

      Legal Terms in Land Records

    Libraries & Archives

      KYGenWeb Digital Archives
      USGenWeb Digital Archives
      Kentucky Commonwealth Virtual Library
      Kentucky Libraries and Archives
      American Memories ~ Historical Collections for the National Digital Library
      Making of America ~ a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.
      Public Libraries - Kentucky
      Archival Databases (AAD),from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).This research tool makes a selection of the Archives' most popular electronic records available to the public over the Internet.
      Primitive Baptist Library, Carthage, Illinois ~ includes church records and membership lists from 30 states, including KY
      Western KY University's Kentucky Library
      Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) National Library
      Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) National Library

    Lineage Societies

      SAR National Society Homepage
      Kentucky SAR Society Website
      DAR National Society Homepage
      The Kentucky Society, NSDAR ~ with links to all chapters in Kentucky.


      Statewide Lookup Volunteers
      Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness - Genealogy Research Tool
      Paid Researchers ~ KYGenWeb does not endorse any of these researchers, the info is provided as a service.

    Mail Lists

      Kentucky Mail Lists - Counties, State, Special Interest
      KY Footsteps Mail List - is now in the KyGenWeb Archives ~ Original source material from all over the state. Also included is material from other states that mentions Kentucky. Subscribe to the list today and submit your material too. QUERIES NOT ALLOWED! List is monitored.
      Rootsweb's List Finder ~ Search for surname mail lists

    Maps, Atlases, Gazatteers, etc.

      Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer at the University of Kentucky
      Alabama Historical Map Archive ~ Wonderful site for maps, including Kentucky!
      GNIS ~ Find anyplace in the United States
      County Highway Maps - Warning: these are huge
      Kentucky County Locations - Geocoded locations in each county, includes cemeteries, libraries, museums and more!
      Census Maps - Wonderful maps
      County formation maps - Wonderful maps
      Color Landform Maps of Kentucky
      Historical County Lines
      Panoramic Maps 1847-1926
      Yahoo! Maps if you have an address
      U.S. Census Bureau - Map Stats
      Jackson Purchase Images ~ If you are researching in the Jackson Purchase area, you must visit this site... it is wonderful! Additional Images
      1895 US Atlas ~ This is a wonderful site, with lots of maps, names of towns and cities and where they are located, etc. Be prepared tho... the files are huge and will take a while to download.
      The 1891 Grain Dealers and Shippers Gazetteer ~ Another series of maps by Pam Rietsch like the one above. Again, be prepared for a long loading wait... these files are huge, but well worth the wait.
      Naval Postgraduate School Maps Lots of great stuff. Check it out.
      National Parks Service Interactive Map Center
      David Rumsey Map Collection
      Kentucky Civil War Map of Battles
      Phelps' Travellers Guide Through the United States , published in 1850
      Ky Secretary of State - Land Office Patent Series
      Animated Movie, "The Growth of a Nation"
      1845 Maps
      They Put it Where?? -Towns in KY that aren't where you'd think

    Memorial Sites

      Space Shuttle Columbia - A Memorial
      Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall


      Ky Migrations Project
      Cumberland Gap National Park
      Brethren Migrations
      The Wilderness Road

    Military Links

      Kentucky Military Page ~ Lots of Civil War links! plus Revolutionary War, Mexican War and War of 1812 Links.
      World War II Stories ~ Read others stories and post yours.
      History of the KY Nathional Guard
      Guide to Genealogical Research on Kentucky Ancestors in the Civil War
      Militias and Wars ~ KY and US
      Kentucky Soldiers Aboard the 1865 Sultana ~ contains the name, rank, company and regiment of 180 paroled (Union) U.S. Civil War soldiers from Kentucky who were aboard the steamship Sultana when her boilers exploded early on the morning of April 27, 1865 just nine miles north of Memphis, TN on the Mississippi River.
      Kentucky in the Civil War ~ Very interesting site... check it out.
      Search-Beat ~ Check it out! Great site with lots of info and even more links.
      Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Check this out!
      MIA - Korean War
      MIA - Vietnam War
      The Kentucky State Memorial ~ at Vicksburg National Military Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi
      American WWII Orphans Network (AWON)
      Patriot Index Lookup Service
      NARA Archival Research Catalog (ARC) Searchable. WOW! Check it out! Click on Standard Search, enter Army in first field and casualties in second box. Try other combinations too, but be prepared to spend some time.
      Defend America
      American Battle Monuments Commission
      Kentucky Civil War Map of Battles
      Making of America ~ Cornell University
      The American Revolution
      Personnel Roster of the USS Bosque, Cargo Ship from WWII.
      U.S. Army Center of Military History
      Military Roots Project
      6th Kentucky Infantry, Company C, CSA
      Confederate Soldiers from Nelson Co.
      KY National Guard History eMuseum

    Mining Links

      See Coal Mining In Kentucky

    Miscellaneous Links

      The Olive Tree - Glossary of Old Diseases
      KYGenWeb Kidz - genealogy for kids in Kentucky
      Genealogy for Kidz
      Lewis & Clark Corp of Discovery
      Lewis & Clark Trail
      Kentucky Explorer Magazine
      Early Words in Deeds & Other Records
      1870 Ky Post Offices
      10,000 Year Calendar ~ Figure out what day of the week an event occurred on. Try it - it works!
      Determine if two people are related ~Family Tree DNA
      CNN - Aides find ledger from First Congress
      "The Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS) has launched the nation's first free online database for oil and gas well records . Now anyone surfing the Internet can view approximately 80 years of data that includes 1.3 million digital images. In most cases, this information is accessed online by searching for the name of the drilling company, PROPERTY OWNER, the name of the well or its location. Records about ground water and landslides also are being posted to the web site."
      Everything Kentucky
      Kentucky Weather
      Behind the Name ~ Ever wonder where a name came from or the meaning of it?
      Argonauts of California
      Kentucky Family Group Sheets Project
      Courthouse Experiences ~ To help you prepare for Courthouse research, read the experiences of others and post your own.
      America's First Families ~Database of 1600's ancestors
      Nicknames & Naming Traditions
      Eye Witness to History
      Blacksheep Ancestors
      Ray's Place ~ History, biographies, vital records and more.
      Brigham Young University's Family History Archive ~ Database containing .pdf files of family histories.
      Kentucky Highlands Project
      Documenting the American South ~ A digital publishing initiative that offers digitized primary materials focusing on history and culture in the South.
      Parish Chest ~ Family History & Genealogy Shop

    Naturalization Records
  • What Records Are Available?
  • Online
  • Offline
  • Newspapers

      Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm~ Microfilm available for purchase or interlibrary loan from University of Kentucky
      Index to Lexington Herald-Leader
      History Buff's Home Page ~ Wonderful site! Check it out!
      The Christian Messenger Ky
      US Newspapers
      Christian Sciene Monitor ~ The Cincinnati Enquirer or the Cincinnati Post.
      New York Times ~ Receive Daily Headlines in a Newsletter
      Times-Leader, Princeton, Webster Co, Ky
      Chronicaling America Newspaper Archive
      Newspaper Database (with Genealogy Columns)
      Gebbie.Inc ~ Daily Online Newspapers
      Newspapers - USA & Worldwide
      Newspaper Links A guide to your local newspaper
      The Stars & Stripes ~The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
      KY Statewide Newspaper Listing


      Browning Obituary Database
      KY Footsteps Archives - Many obituaries here!
      KY in the USGenWeb Archives
      USGenWeb Archives
      KY in the USGenWeb Obituaries Project
      USGenWeb Obituaries Project
      Obituaries from the Lexington Herald-Leader
      Obituary Sources by KY County
      Obituaries of Ky, Va and WV
      RootsWeb Message Boards ~ Many obits are posted on the message boards. ~ The Cincinnati Enquirer or the Cincinnati Post. Obituaries online since 2000. Search keyword: Obituary
      Obituary Depot - Kentucky
      Genealogy Today
      National Obituary Archive
      Obituary Links at
      Obituaries from the Scioto Gazette and Chillicothe Advertiser ~ from the 1840's, 1850's and 1860's.
      Newspaper Obituaries on the Net

    Orphans, Orphanages & Poor Houses

      Orphans and Poorhouses Home Website ~ interesting site!
      Kentucky Poorhouses ~ Attempting to document all Poorhouses
      American WWII Orphans Network (AWON)
      Adoption Agencies/Orphanages


      Photos looking for a home ~ Can you claim any of them?
      Lost & Found Old Photos Site (Not a part of the KYGenWeb Project.) ~ Can you claim any of them?
      Photo Restoration
    Disclaimer: KyGenWeb does not endorse anyone listed in this section.
  • After Effect - Restoration
  • Photo Restoration by Bonnie
  • River City Image Works
  • Care, Handling, and Storage of Photographs
  • PhotoGraphics Copy & Restoration
  • Political Links

      Kentucky Electors, 1793-1833

    General Preservation

      Collection, Care & Preventive Conservation from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


      Message Boards - Rootsweb & Genconnect ~~ Also be sure to check each county website since some of them use other means to handle the queries for their county.

    Railroad Information

      Railroad Historical Information
      Using US Railroad Retirement and other Railroad Records in your Searching
      Railroad Cars & Railroad Line Acronyms

    Schools & School Records

      Graduates Centre College, 1824 - 1890 and all Caldwell College (later Kentucky College for Women) graduates, 1861 - 1913
      KY School Photos & Yearbook Project
      Facts about all 50 States

    Search Engines, Links, etc.

      Cyndi's List ~ More than 175,200 links!
      I Found It ~ Genealogy Search Engine
      A Comprehensive List of Ky Webpages
      There are thousands of free databases available. A good place to start is Search Systems. It claims to search nearly 12,000 free public databases.
      Genealogy Buff ~ Family Tree & Surname Resource Tool
      The Ultimate ~ Online phone books
      US Internet Yellow Pages

    Software, Genealogy, Forms, Photos, etc.

      Dale Talkington's 'Cousin Finder'
      Another Relationship Chart
      The Tree Maker ~ Display your genealogy on an elegant family tree chart.
      Family History Supplies, Software, etc
      Legacy Family Tree ~ Legacy Family Tree 4.0 is a full-featured professional genealogy program.
      RootsMagic ~ Replaces the old Family Origins software.
      GedHTree ~ Gedcom to HTML
      JAlbum ~ wonderful program to make photo albums to share your photos online or offline! 5 stars on this one!!!
      Ancestor Charts ~ Free, downloadable charts
      Ancestry Graphs & Printing ~ large family tree charts printed on continuous roll paper from any Windows genealogy software program

    Subscription or For Fee

      Genealogy Record Search
      Click here for Burke's Peerage & Gentry
      Search the World's Largest Pedigree-linked Database at
      Discover your family history! ~

    Surname Registries, etc.

      Surname Helper ~ The site that links the genealogy Web sites managed by CCHelper, and other query/surname sites who choose to particpate.
      U.S. Surname Distribution
      Kentucky Surname Registry
      South-Central KY Surname Registry ~ Covering Allen, Barren, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Green, Hardin, Hart, Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe & Warren Counties.
      Gene Stark's Index of Names for all GenWeb Sites ~ Note... part of this site is not free!
      GenExchange ~ Genealogy Exchange and Surname Registry - Ky
      Common Threads ~ Surname Registry
      Surname Distribution
      How Popular is your surname?
      Yates Publishing ~ Family Group Sheet Exchange
      Ohio River Valley Families ~ Over 47,000 names ~ NOTE: not all of this site is free.
      Genealogical Journeys In Time
      OneGreatFamily ~ GET CONNECTED to the largest growing family tree available online! Discover your ancestry with the help of others. For Fee Site


      Calculate DOB
      Soundex Converter

    Vital Statistics - Birth, Death, Marriages, etc.

      Kentucky Vital Statistics Project ~ Digital images of KY birth, death and marriage records
      Kentucky Vital Statistics ~ Births, Marriages, Deaths etc.
      Kentucky Death Index ~ 1911-1920 - Searchable
      Before Needles - Executions In America Before Lethal Injection
      Ky Births, Deaths, Marriages ~ Searchable Databases
      Born in Virginia 1728-1863?

    Webrings, etc.

      Kentucky Konnections WebRing ~ Join Today!