Kentucky Genealogical Society

Directory of Genealogy Researchers

We are unable to provide research services to members or the general public. We strongly suggest that you review the FamilySearch Wiki for Kentucky to see if the records you are looking for exist for your time
and place. 
This Directory of Genealogy Researchers is provided as a service for genealogists and family historians with Kentucky roots who wish to hire someone to assist with their research. 
All names and information were submitted by the professional researchers who wish to publicize their services here. We make no claim as to the accuracy of the information or the quality of the research offered. We do not endorse the researchers on the list or receive compensation for including them on the list. We make the list available as a service.
Looking for a paid researcher? We recommend you interview one or more candidates to see which researcher will best meet your needs. Individuals who hire a researcher from this list are solely responsible for making all arrangements directly with the researcher and paying all fees and expenses charged and/or negotiated by the researcher. We do not provide financial support for travel, fees, or any other expense related to agreements between individuals and researchers.
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Linda Colston
Research is primarily in Kentucky with expansion to surrounding states utilizing online research, Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.  Education includes successful completion of IGHR courses including  Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, Advanced Methodology, and Intermediate German; DAR courses GEP 1- Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications; GEP II - Applying Genealogy Research Techniques to DAR applications; GEP III - Advanced Techniques for Resolving Problems Lineage or Service on DAR Records.  Over 25 years of research experience.  Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), NGS, KGS, and several local genealogicaly societies. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Lauren Caggiano
Writer and editor based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, location of the second-largest collection of genealogical resources. Some of the materials in this collection are available nowhere else. Services include basic research, French translation, photocopying/scanning materials at the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, and ghostwriting and editing. Price is based on the scope and timeline of the project. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Sandra "Sandi" Gorin
Gorin Genealogical Publishing
Researching primarily in Barren Co. KY; on site since 1990, since 1970 before moving to KY. Some into Metcalfe, Hart & Monroe Co. Publisher of over 680 books, speaker in past for KGS & KHS plus local schools and library. Past columnist for Glasgow Daily Times for weekly columns "Traces of the Past". Manager of several genealogy web lists including KYRESEARCH, KYBIOGRAPHIES, SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY, KYBARREN and KYMEMORIES. Have done research on site for many hundreds of clients including finding two lost children due their inheritance and Disney Studios. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Roseann Hogan, Ph.D.
Ancestry Research Services
Kentucky Ancestry author and Ancestry, Inc. research columnist. Responsible for setting up first Kentucky statewide vital records online. Statewide research in all Kentucky time frames from early to modern for 25 years. Areas of expertise include difficult to solve problems and early Kentucky. Custom reports, family history books and charts. Fluent or reading knowledge in all European languages and Latin. Research also available at LDS archives in Salt Lake City. (verified 4 Oct 2020)
Leslie Nash Huber
Pioneer Trails Research
Pioneer Trails Research has been assisting others with History and Genealogical Research since 1985. I have 2 years of college work and am graduate of NGS home study course.  I started in Fayette County, answering the mail received by the County Clerk. I was the Historian for Old Union Christian Church in Lexington.  I co-authored the History of Old Union and transcribed the Old Union Cemetery along with the help of a boy scout doing an Eagle Scout project.  I am a lifetime member of KGS.  I have subscriptions to and I will use the KY Historical Society, KY Library and Archives, court house records, county Historical Societies and any other sources available to assist you.I will do research in most Kentucky Counties, but the nearest to me are, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Shelby and Franklin. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Josh Jenkins
AncestorStalker has been researching client family trees for nearing two decades. Our main goal is to uncover new information on your family tree. Not only do we have boots on the ground in Kentucky (most counties) – we have a global roster of professional researchers ready to research in churches and repositories in Canada, Mexico, England, Russia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Israel and many places in between! My services also include genetic (DNA) genealogy, lineage society applications, Native American heritage determination (via DNA) and locate services (find living descendants). If you want a dedicated, experienced genealogist, please visit to contact us! (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Miranda Johnston
Mj's Genealogy
Sufficient in Western Kentucky Research.  A fresh prospective to your family heritage. I offer creative family history reports. Certification is in-progress. Kentucky Notary Public. Member of NGS & KGS. Passionate about genealogy! 
Jan Lester
I specialize in Northern KY and Greater Cincinnati, OH research, but can also travel to surrounding counties/ states. I am very familiar w/N. KY repositories, including libraries, County Clerk offices & historical/genealogical societies. Reasonable hourly rates + expenses. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Cynthia Maharrey
Cynthia Maharrey is a professional genealogist specializing in deed, tax list, will, court and vital records research. Her wheelhouses include the late 18th through the early-20th centuries, with emphases on the state of Kentucky and African American research. A graduate of Berea College, she also holds a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and is a certified Kentucky Community Scholar. Cynthia serves on the board of the Kentucky Genealogical Society and is a member of the National Genealogical Society, the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky, the Florida State Genealogical Society, the Greenbrier County (WV) Historical Society and the Monroe County (WV) Historical Society. (verified 19 Jun 2020)
Marcia McCartt
Ancestor Place
I regularly visit the Kentucky State Library & Archives; Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Military History Museum. I will conduct research for all Kentucky Counties. My expertise is: Lineage Society research (DAR, SAR, Mayflower, etc); Eastern Kentucky Research and Brick Wall Research. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Gail Jackson Miller, CG
Kentucky-Tennessee Research Associates
Board-certified genealogist with more than 20 years of professional experience. Work state-wide in Kentucky and Tennessee. Travel to Kentucky and Tennessee state archives, courthouses, libraries, etc. when needed. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Denyce Peyton
Discovery Paths to Family History
Research any region in Kentucky, using Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Archives and county courthouses as primary onsite search locations, augmented by online digital records. Focus areas of research are 19th and 20th century and African American research, including tri-state area of Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and some southeast states. Twenty year's experience researching, evaluating and analyzing records, preparing research plans and detailed research reports with full source citations. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogy Society. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Debra Smith Renard
Legacy Tree Genealogists
Genetic genealogy researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists, Salt Lake City, Utah. Lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Services include: DNA test plan development, DNA results analysis, unknown birth family searches, application of DNA to brick walls, etc. Member of Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Cohen Swiney
CS Genealogy Services, LLC
My focus is primarily in central, north-central, eastern, and south-eastern Kentucky. Services range from a straight-forward look-up for a particular document to the more involved family history research project with source cited reporting available, all based on what the client desires. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
John Taylor
Taylor Research Group LLC
We specialize in historical research at federal, state and local repositories around the country. (verified 16 Jun 2020)
Bill Utterback, CG
Forty-five years experience in researching the Jackson Purchase area of Kentucky (Calloway, Carlisle, Ballard, Fulton, Graves, Marshall and McCracken counties). Certified Genealogist for 20 years.
Sally Wasielewski
Experienced genealogy researcher who has used L&A as a subcontractor; graduate of NGS home study course; graduate of ProGen (2015), NGIR at the National Archives. Willing to travel to central Kentucky counties, including courthouses (retired   attorney). (verified 16 Jun 2020)