Kentucky Genealogical Society
Six Webinars You Do Not Want to Miss!
47th Annual Seminar Series
The 2021 Kentucky Genealogical Society Seminar will be presented virtually throughout August 2021 using the GoToWebinar platform. The series includes genealogical insights and methodologies to help all levels of researchers.
1. Finding Your Roots at the Library of Virginia
Ashley Ramey, Thursday, August 5, 7 P.M. EDT
2. Cemetery Crowdsourcing
Michael Cassara, Tuesday, August 10, 7 P.M. EDT
3. How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Lisa Louise Cooke, Thursday August 12, 7 P.M. EDT
4. Descendants of Enslaved Communities Project at the University of Virginia
Dr. Shelley Murphy, Thursday, August 19, 7 P.M. EDT
5. Putting Your Ancestors In Their Place: 10 Steps on a One-Place Study
Janet Few, Monday, August 23, 2 P.M. EDT
6. My DNA Brought Me to the Forest, But Where Are the Trees?
Sarah Cochran, Thursday, August 26, 7 P.M. EDT
Registration for the entire series of all six webinars is $30. Members can save $10 by using discount code MEMBER during registration. Non-members can join for $20 at and save $10 off the series registration. All live webinars are being recorded and will be made available to participants for 30 days following the conclusion of the live webinar to view on-demand. There are no refunds.
Here is a link to the seminar flyer you can print and share with others: Flyer


Member Benefit:
The Calamity of the 1890 Federal Census
with Cynthia Maharrey
This program, presented virtually on Saturday, April 10, covers the where, when, and how of the 1890 Federal Census records loss; the outcomes of that loss; and alternative sources for finding information usually found in census records. Sign in to get program/presenter details plus links to the recorded program and handout.



Discovering Your Bluegrass Roots
Recordings of all eight Seminar 2020 presentations are available on demand.
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
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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.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement
We are 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. We welcome the incredible opportunity to learn and grow together in our pursuit of genealogical education and preservation.
Land Acknowledgement
The Kentucky Genealogical Society acknowledges the place we call present day Kentucky is historically indigenous homeland that belonged primarily to nations of Cherokee, Chickasaw, Miami, Quapaw, Osage, and Shawnee people.


Kentucky Genealogical Society
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Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

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Last Updated 28 June 2021

Latest News
Member Benefit: Researching in the Kentucky Archives
Archivist Lance Hale spoke to the Kentucky Genealogical Society on researching in the Kentucky Archives on 10 July 2021. A video recording of the program and handout is available for on-demand viewing for members through the Member Portal.

Now Online: Bluegrass Roots, Summer 2021
If you're a member, sign in and look for Bluegrass Roots under the "Members Only" tab. Not a member? Consider joining today. Once you receive your log-in information, you will have access to Bluegrass Roots and many other member benefits.

Member Benefit: Moonshine and Stills: Finding Archived Records for Your Moonshiner Ancestor
Have you heard stories about your kinfolk who may have operated a makeshift moonshine? Have you ever wondered if there were records to help you verify those stories? June brings us National Moonshine Day. This talk by Melissa Barker, The Archive Lady, will help you piece together the stories of your ancestors who were moonshining. Recorded 19 June 2021. On-demand video and handout are available to members through the Member Portal.

Member Benefit: How to Go Beyond the Usual Websites for Irish Genealogical Research

Presenter David Rencher, head of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and chief genealogical officer for, offers a wealth of resources for identifying and learning about your Irish ancestors. Recorded March 13, 2021. On-demand video and handout available to members through the Member Portal.

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.