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* Kentucky & Local Information: History and Heritage
This guide is intended to help you research Kentucky and other local issues by identifying appropriate paper, microform and Internet resources.
Kentucky's oldest, privately supported historical society. Named to honor Kentucky's first historian, John Filson. The collections contain such items as original manuscripts, portraits, landscapes, photographs and prints, genealogical materials, printed family histories, local business records, and other primary historical materials with nationally recognized strength in the history of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley, and the Upper South.
The Kentucky Historical Society was formed in 1836 by a group of prominent Kentuckians intent on preserving the history of the Commonwealth. It was chartered as a state society in 1838 and began to collect books and printed materials. The Society became an agency of Kentucky state government in the early 1950s.
Kentucky did not keep comprehensive official birth and death records until 1911 but did maintain lists of births, deaths, and marriages, filed by county, from 1852-1862, 1874-1879, and 1891-1910 in the State Auditor's Office; they are available at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA). Kentucky passed a comprehensive vital statistics law in 1911 to issue official certificates of birth and death. The birth records after 1911 are available from the KY Office of Vital Statistics. Death certificates from 1911-1955 are available at KDLA. Death certificates issued after 1955 are available from the KY Office of Vital Statistics.
Marriage records are created by County Clerks in Kentucky's 120 counties. Many of these marriage records are available at KDLA or at the offices of individual county clerks. The State Auditor also maintained lists of marriages, filed by county, from 1852-1910, and the KY Office of Vital Statistics began recording marriages in 1958.
Krokodil (Crocodile) was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. It was first published as the illustrated Sunday supplement for Rabochii (The Worker) newspaper on June 4, 1922. As circulation increased, the editors became convinced of the need for a regular independently numbered journal, and Krokodil No.1 (13) was published for the first time on August 27, 1922. Bursting from its front cover was a snarling red crocodile, an avatar that has symbolized the journal and its brand of political satire ever since.
he Lexington Public Library's Local History Index is a very selective index to newspaper articles pertaining to significant people, places, events, churches, businesses and organizations in Lexington and Fayette County. 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 Lexington Herald-Leader.
The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together a brief description of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found.