Kentucky Genealogical Society
The first KGS program of 2021
Brick Wall Brainstorm!
Tuesday, January 27
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. EST
Free and open to the public
Register and submit your research question. Experienced researchers will work through the submissions and offer research tips that could help you break through that brick wall.
Don't have a research question to submit? The discussion could give you new ideas for future research.
See the registration form for details.

Save The Dates!
See the complete schedule of KGS programs planned for each month through December. The list includes two virtual seminar series, a research road trip, three brick wall brainstorming sessions, and outstanding Second Saturday presenters. 

Now online as a KGS Member Benefit:
the Winter 2021 issue of Bluegrass Roots.
Featured in this issue:
  • New: Announcement of KGS Inclusion Statement
  • New: Links to videos for free, at-home, on-demand genealogical learning
  • The Christophers of Early America – a DNA Project
  • Searching Pulaski County for the Anderson family grist mill
  • And more!
Sign in and click "Bluegrass Roots" under "Members Only."

Seminar 2020 Sessions Available Online

Available to all: Access to this set of eight popular KGS Seminar 2020 sessions full of info, assistance, and encouragement.
1. Tracing Your Kentucky Roots with Peggy Lauritzen
2. Researching at the County and Local Levels 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 Archive 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
Purchase access to all eight sessions:

KGS Mission Statement
To foster excellence in genealogy through educational programs and projects that preserve, produce, and disseminate knowledge of genealogical or historical value.
To bring together persons who are interested in genealogy or family history, and to promote fellowship and networking.
To encourage the preservation and availability of records essential to genealogical and historical research.

KGS Diversity Statement
KGS is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all Kentuckians and Kentucky genealogical researchers. We strive to offer a wide array of topics that support the varied Kentuckian experience and highlight the kaleidoscope of humans of every race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, or immigration path that have called Kentucky home since before its statehood in 1792. Together, we welcome the incredible opportunity to learn and grow together in our pursuit of genealogical education and preservation.


Kentucky Genealogical Society
PO Box 153
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

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Last Updated 17 January 2021

Latest News
New Online!
Indexes to the first seven years of quarterly issues of Bluegrass Roots are available to all under the "Publications" heading. More to come! Also: On-Demand Learning – Links to genealogy-pertinent videos offered by public libraries and other non-commercial organizations. A KGS member benefit. Sign in and click on "On-Demand Learning" under "Members Only."

Member Benefit: How to Involve the Whole Family in Family History Fun
Presenter: Nicole Dyer. Learn family history activities that can include relatives of all ages. To view this video, sign in and click on Programs 2020.

Member Benefit: Tracing a Kentucky Family From Freedom to Slavery
Presenter: Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. This popular program was presented on July 11, 2020. To view the video recording, sign in and select Programs 2020 under Members Only. If you are not yet a member, join now for $20. (Please allow a few days to receive your membership sign-in details.)

Invitation to Get Involved
We are a completely volunteer driven organization. We operate completely on the kindness of the volunteers in our community. Become a volunteer today. Send a brief email to with the talents or strengths you have and we'll connect you to one of our volunteer opportunities.