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Genealogy: Resources at UK Libraries

A guide to genealogical research resources with an emphasis on Kentucky and resources available at UK and nearby libraries.

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Primary Genealogy Databases


The following databases have information that might be useful in your genealogical research. See also:

Finding Resources in the UK Libraries

InfoKat Discovery is the primary way to find materials available in the UK Libraries.

A number of standard terms can be used to find genealogical-related material.

* Regimental histories and Registers can be applied to specific wars, geographic locations, and other primary terms:

United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Regimental histories.

New York (State) - Histor- Civil War, 1861-1865 - Registers.

Soldiers - New York (State) - Registers.

* Use a family name followed by the word 'family' as a subject phrase search, e.g., Grayson family

or search for specific people as a subject (last name first in a phrase search) to find resources about that person,
e.g., Peers, Valentine

* Look for books about specific communities and/or counties with the term 'history' to see if your ancestors are mentioned in those books, e.g.,

Maysville (Ky.) - History
Nicholas County (Ky.) - History

The Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center is a great source of genealogical research material, especially concerning Kentucky, including city directories, county histories, biographies, and business directories and guides.