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Genealogy - Library Edition

Access is free, but only available to users located inside the library building

Cemeteries & Graves

Find A Grave

Ethnic & Religious Sites


This site is devoted to African ancestry in the Americas. It is a community of researchers with mail lists, message boards, and chats. Most notable is its surname database that can connect genealogists with others who are researching the same surname in the same town and/or county during specific time periods.

Christine’s Genealogy

A site dedicated to African American genealogy

Includes many different sources of information for people doing their German genealogy, including links to ship and passenger lists


JewishGen®, Inc. is the primary internet source connecting researchers of Jewish genealogy worldwide

Researching Ancestors from the United Kingdom

Tips on researching ancestors of British ancestry

Genealogy Research in Kentucky

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky GenWeb Project

Hosted by a group of volunteers, this site is a good starting point for Kentucky genealogical research. It also provides information on Kentucky history and Kentucky counties.

Kentucky Vital Records Index


Kentucky genealogical information from Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperative

Revolutionary War Warrants - KY Secretary of State

Index to 4,748 land warrants that Virginia issued to Revolutionary War veterans. It also provides access to digitized images of the warrants.

General Genealogy Sites - Library Edition

Access is free, but only available to users located inside the library building

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Cyndi’s list is a starting point for genealogical research online. The site has more than 250,000 links that point users to genealogy web pages. The links are categorized and cross-referenced.

Sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this site has a large collection of free family history, family tree, and genealogical records. You can also go here to learn more about the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reference Services


Find resources by country. Each country has its own site, which may provide you with online resources, email lists, query boards, contact information for local libraries and archives, maps, local histories, and more.

USGenWeb Project

United States’ page for the WorldGenWeb Project. The goal of the site is “to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.”


Ellis Island Home Page

Official website of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. Visitors to this site can set up a free user account and then login to search passenger records.

National Archives - Immigration Records

Site explains where to find passenger lists and immigration records and provides several links to immigration resources

American immigrant Wall of Honor

Search a database of names inscribed on the wall at Ellis Island

Castle Garden offers access to a database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened


Kentucky Digital Library

Early maps of Kentucky

Historic County Maps of Kentucky

Libguide from University of Kentucky


Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System

Computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War

Military Personnel Records Center

Repository for military records for all discharged and deceased veterans who served during the 20th Century, from the National Archives and Records Administration

Online Veterans and Military Documents

Description of military records available through the National Archives and Records Administration

Kentucky Military Records

Military Records section has information from the Indian War to Vietnam

Kentucky in the Military

Rootsweb project with information on Kentucky in the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, War of 1812 and the Civil War

Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications

Korean War Casualties from Kentucky

from the National Archives and Records Administration

Vietnam War Casualties from Kentucky

from the National Archives and Records Administration


National Digital Newspaper Program - Kentucky Edition

Kentucky chose 37 newspapers that were representative of the state's six unique geographic regions. As each new NDNP phase expands its date, those 37 original titles continue to be digitized if they are available on microfilm. Meanwhile, new titles are introduced.

Kenton County Public Library’s Northern KY Newspaper Index

KCPL staff maintains this index to Northern Kentucky Newspapers, which covers 1835-1932 and 1984 to the present. Newspapers indexed include the Kentucky Post, Kentucky Enquirer, Daily Commonwealth, Covington Journal, Sunday Challenger, Newport Local, Kentucky State Journal, Ticket, and others.

Lexington Public Library’s Local History Index

The selective citations included in the Lexington Public Library’s Local History Index appeared in various Lexington newspapers beginning with the Kentucky Gazette in 1787 and continuing through the current Lexington Herald-Leader.

List of Online Historical Newspapers

Extensive list of online historical newspapers, arranged by state, with links to each website, compiled by the University of Pennsylvania



Searches obituaries from more than 400 U.S., Canadian & U.K. newspapers and the U.S. Social Security Death Index to provide the most accurate and timely obituary information available. Recently published obituaries can be accessed at no charge, as can Social Security Death Index information. Obituaries from their archive can be accessed for a small fee.

Passenfer Lists

Ellis Island

Find passengers on ships that landed at Ellis Island between 1892-1924

Researching Immigrant and Passenger Arrival Records

Tips from USGenWeb

Immigration Records

From the National Archives and Records Administration

Vital Statistics

Kentucky Vital Records Index

Online database of select Kentucky vital statistics information. Users can search Kentucky Deaths from 1911-1992, Kentucky Marriages from 1973-1993, and Kentucky Divorces from 1973 to 1993. Hosted by the University of Kentucky.

Office of Vital Statistics - Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services

The Office of Vital Statistics has no records of marriages and divorces prior to that date. Copies of marriage certificates prior to June 1958 may be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the license was issued. Records of divorce proceedings are available from the clerk of the circuit court that granted the decree.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Statewide records for pre-1911 birth and death records and 1911-1955 death records.

DPH Data Warehouse

Facts from the Department for Health Services. Vital statistics from 1996-2004 are also included.