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

If you are just starting your genealogy research, talk to as many immediate family members as you can and collect names, dates and places that relate to your family. Make note of everything they tell you--you never know what might prove useful. Dates and places are valuable to help you find published information. Copy any family documents you can, including family listings in Bibles and other resources, as well as birth, marriage and death certificates, and obituaries.

Guides to Resources

These sites will help you find additional resources for doing genealogical research.


Genealogical Research

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Not finding what you want? Call, email, chat with or visit a UK Reference Librarian who will be glad to help you.


Primary Genealogy Databases

  • FamilySearch
    Free resource. Created and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
    Get full access at the Lexington Public Library.
  • HeritageQuest Online
    Use at the Lexington Public Library or use your Lexington Public Library card to get access.
  • USGenWeb Project
    Genealogical research resources organized by county and state, created and maintained by volunteers throughout the nation.
  • ProGenealogists' United States Genealogy Sleuth
    Large collection of resource sites, including family tree databases; vital records sites; land record sites; search engines; scanned books; GenWeb sites; court, estate & probate records; naturalization, passport, & passenger lists; DNA databases; cemetery sites; census sites; military records sites, obituary sites; and more.
  • Family Tree Searcher
    Search family trees in nine online family tree databases.
  • GeneaNet
    About two million members share more than 400 million entries for free in their family trees, archival records, indexes, and family picture and postcard collections.

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