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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.

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.