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A guide to genealogical research resources with an emphasis on Kentucky and resources available at UK and nearby libraries.
Online newspapers are available from a number of sources, including ancestry.com. At the University of Kentucky, you will find the largest collection of Kentucky newspapers available on microfilm. These newspapers are in the process of being digitized. In addition, UK Libraries subscribes to several online newspaper archival collections. Here are a number of resources available to UK affiliates and in-house users. Microfilm can be requested through your local library's interlibrary loan service, as well. They are valuable genealogy tools because they include births, weddings, divorces, obituaries, local news and social events.
Full-text access to colonial and early American history. Also covers large collection of African American publications. With issues from over 700 titles (for many titles the holdings are scattered); includes Kentucky titles.
Scanned and searchable full-text images from over 1,000 American magazines and journals, including 89 journals published between 1740 and 1800 and 118 periodicals published during the Civil War (1861-1865) and Reconstruction (1865-1877) eras. Coverage includes popular and scholarly as well as regional and niche publications.
selective citations included in the Lexington Public Library’s Local History index appeared in various Lexington newspapers beginning with the Kentucky Gazette in 1787 through the Lexington Herald-Leader of December 31, 2007.
Nexis Uni provides full-text access to over 15,000 news, business, and legal sources. The outstanding news coverage includes deep archives and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language news services.
Use the title of the paper (if known), e.g., Lexington Leader
Use the Subject search if the city, county, state or country is known, such as Lexington newspapers or France newspapers (restrict by using "that contain my query words" and "in subject" in the drop-down below the search box).
Search the UK Libraries Microfilm Holdings Database for a specific Kentucky newspaper or browse by county or city. Not all Kentucky newspapers available for viewing are included in this database, however (e.g., The Lexington Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal are not included); if you do not find the Kentucky newspaper you need, check with the Reference Desk or Periodical Desk in Young Library; if we do not own the paper, a librarian or you can check WorldCat to see if another library has the issue you need.
In addition, both Young Reference and Periodicals have a book set to the microfilmed newspapers listed by city/town and specifying the available date ranges.
The microfilmed newspapers are available for viewing in the Periodicals Department. Copiers and digital downloads are available.
Can't find the full-text of the newspaper you need? Not sure what newspaper(s) cover(s) the time-frame and location you are exploring? Use the index below to confirm the paper(s) you need. You can then see if you can borrow the microfilm from a library that holds the newspapers. See
View complete holdings information
at the bottom of each newspaper record for holding libraries.