Kentucky Genealogical Society
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Kentucky Genealogical Society
Join KGS for a Research Day at the
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
The library has one of the nation’s largest and oldest genealogy collections, so it's a valuable resource, no matter where your ancestors lived. Get details at KGS Events,
then make plans to go with us to Cincy.
2017 KGS Annual Seminar
Certified Genealogist Gerald H. "Jerry" Smith
On Aug. 5, Gerald H. “Jerry” Smith, CG, will bring to KGS Seminar 2017 a wealth of experience in research of Pennsylvania resources. Because that state was “on the way” for people heading south and west from the colonies that became the eastern United States, the state was part of common migration routes for many ancestors – including those who came to or through Kentucky. Smith has planned four sessions aimed at helping researchers find their own ancestors through various types of court records and colonial church records and how to use land plats to solve genealogical problems.
Get lecture topics and more information!
Early Kentucky Tax Lists Online!
Pre-statehood and early-statehood Madison County tax records now range from 1791 through 1802. Also online: pre-statehood tax records for Bourbon, Fayette, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Mercer counties. Just sign in and click on the "Early Kentucky Tax Lists" link. As far as we know, these lists are not available on any other web site. What a great benefit of KGS membership – made possible by your KGS annual dues!
A searchable index of surnames in these tax records would be wonderful. If you can help with indexing, please send email to
Remember the Changes . . .
KGS is now the sole sponsor of 2nd Saturday Genealogy programs. Watch for program information on the KGS Facebook page and on this website. If you're on the KGS mailing list, you'll also get program reminders by email 7-10 days prior to each program.
To help with the cost of rent for meeting space, KGS charges an admission fee of $5 per person per 2nd Saturday Genealogy event, payable at the door, for attendees who are not KGS members. Admission continues to be free for KGS members.
KGS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our funding comes almost exclusively from membership. If you're not a member, please consider joining.
What do YOU want from KGS?
Your KGS board seeks help in planning for the future. Please fill out our quick and simple survey. (See link below.) Your opinions have never been more important to the future of 2nd Saturday Genealogy and KGS. 
As always, you are welcome to email KGS president Johnna Waldon at, and you are welcome to attend KGS board meetings (6 p.m. on Thursdays prior to 2ndSaturday Genealogy programs). The KGS board meets at the Paul Sawyier Public Library on Wapping Street in Frankfort unless otherwise announced.
Take the Survey

Services for Presenters and Researchers
  • Directory of Genealogy Researchers – If you want to hire someone to help you find your Kentucky ancestors — or if you are a researcher wanting to list your services – this directory is for you!
  • Directory of Genealogy Speakers: If your organization is looking for a genealogy/history speaker — or if you are a speaker wishing to be included in this directory – this is the place!
Please help KGS expand these valuable services. If you're a presenter or researcher for hire, please complete the online submission form to be added to the list. If you want to hire a presenter or researcher, please check here first!
Last Update: 27 April 2017

Kentucky Genealogical Society
PO Box 153
Frankfort, Kentucky 40602

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2nd Saturday Genealogy

June 10, 2017

Two Genealogical Case Histories
Kathy Reed presents two sessions: (1) Using DNA to find lost family and (2) a dueling ancestor's guilt –
or innocence.

NOTE: Registration for this event is important. Get details at "Read More."

Bluegrass Roots!
Now online for KGS members: The Spring 2017 issue.

Pre-Statehood Tax Lists Now Online
Another benefit of KGS membership: Online access to pre-1792 Kentucky tax records. Records for six counties are already posted, and more will follow.