Kentucky Genealogical Society
Application Period Now Open
for KGS Digitization Grants Program
If your genealogical society, historical society, historical records repository, or archive has records to digitize but the money just isn’t in the budget, consider applying for a Kentucky Genealogical Society Digitization Grant. Get details and print the application form today. The application deadline is Nov. 1!


Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots in Kentucky Recordings Now Available 

The Kentucky Genealogical Society is pleased to present this series recorded throughout the month of August 2020.
Your registration includes access to all eight program recordings delivered virtually for the low price of $20 for members and $30 for non-members for the entire series. Attend them all or attend only the programs that interest you most. The choice is yours. We are keeping the registration pricing low so as many researchers as possible can access this series. This is a non-refundable purchase.
To learn more about each speaker, click their name for biographical information.
1. Tracing Your Kentucky Roots with Peggy Lauritzen;
2. Researching at the County and Local Level in Kentucky with Dave Schroeder;
3. Using Maps in Genealogy with Katherine R. Willson;
4. Kentucky Genealogy Brick Wall Brainstorm;
5. Ten Things A Genealogist Should Do Before Leaving a Library or Archives in Kentucky with Melissa Barker;
6. LGBTQ Genealogy with Stewart Traiman;
7. Discovering African Americans in Kentucky Records Prior to 1870 with Cynthia Maharrey;
8. Strategies to Analyze Endogamous DNA with Alec Ferretti.
Obtain Access:
This is a non-refundable offering. Click the Member or Non-Member link below to register now.


NEW for Members:
Lost Lewis County Court Order Book B
This resource apparently is available nowhere else online. 
Look for it under the Members Only tab.

Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots
The COVID-19 global pandemic caused the cancellation of the March 14, 2020, in-person program on Researching Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots. The Ulster Foundation in Belfast recently recorded for Kentucky researchers 10 hours of talks and an extensive amount of handouts and downloads to help you research your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.
The offering includes:
Included are video talks given by Fintan Mullan, executive director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, research officer. The videos are available for viewing September 1-30, 2020. Videos will no longer be available after September 30.
If you previously registered for the March 14, 2020 in-person program and did not request a refund, you will receive an email letting you know how to access the recordings and handouts.
If you did not register for the March 14, 2020 in-person program or if you did register and requested a refund, you can obtain access to the talks, handouts, and bonus material, at the link below. Access is $30 for non-members and $20 for members. If you aren't yet a member, now is a good time to become a member and save $10 off this offering.
You will receive an email on August 30, 2020 with the website and password to access the talks, handouts, and bonus material.
You'll want to set aside some time during the month of September to view these recording as the recorded series is 10 hours in length. This is a non-refundable offering. The videos are not available after September 30.
Talks include:
1. Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History: 2 parts; Part 1 runs 52 minutes; Part 2 runs 100 minutes
2. Using Land Records: Griffith's Valuation, Tithe, etc: 78 minutes
3. Census Substitutes and Other Important Sources: 96 minutes
4. Records Related to Different Churches in Ireland: 88 minutes
5. Emigration from Ireland to North America: 66 minutes
6. Emigration from Ireland to North America, Sources 1: 71 minutes
7. Emigration from Ireland to North America, Sources 2: 58 minutes
Bonus material includes:
1. Discover Your Irish Ancestors: a 32 page guide
2. The 1718 Migration - an 11 page overview
3. Presbyterian History in Ireland - a 1 page map and overview
4. Exiles of '98 -Ulster Presbyterians and the United States - a 242 page guide
Obtain Access:
This is a non-refundable offering. Click the Member or Non-Member link below to register now.

Save the Date Oct. 17, 2020

Louisville Genealogical Online Family History Seminar
Going Online
Watch from home!!
Mark Your Calendar
Saturday, 17 October, 2020
Nationally Known Speaker
 Seminar Lectures
-   German Immigrant Waves:Contrasts and Sources
-   Tackling the “Born in Pennsylvania" Problem
-   Letterpress to Digital: Using Historical Newspapers in Print, Microfilm, Online
-   Finding a German Heimat (Home Village) Online
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A video recording of this program presented on July 11, 2020 is now available online for members. Sign in to the website with your membership ID and password, then in the left navigation bar, select Members Only and then select Programs 2020 to access the video recording. If you are not yet a member, join now for $20 to access this and many other programs available on demand to members.

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