Kentucky Archives, Libraries, and Societies

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA, for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Kentucky Family History Research series.
History of Kentucky
Kentucky Vital Records
Census Records for Kentucky
Background Sources for Kentucky
Kentucky Maps
Kentucky Land Records
Kentucky Probate Records
Kentucky Court Records
Kentucky Tax Records
Kentucky Cemetery Records
Kentucky Church Records
Kentucky Military Records
Kentucky Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Kentucky Archives, Libraries, and Societies
African Americans of Kentucky
Kentucky County Resources
Map of Kentucky


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Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

Public Records Division
300 Coffee Tree Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
www.kdla.net

The department serves as the statewide repository for microfilmed county records from the earliest date for all 120 counties. Some counties, without sufficient space, store either their original early or modern records here as well. Consequently research using original records for many counties can be conducted entirely at this repository. Correspondence with the department and the appropriate counties is recommended to clarify specific holdings.

A valuable research tool is the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives’ The Guide to Kentucky Archival and Manuscript Repositories (Frankfort, Ky.: Public Records Division, 1986). This compilation, available online, is based on data gathered by the Kentucky Guide Project. It contains an overview of 285 Kentucky repositories and their holdings.

Kentucky Historical Society

100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
http://history.ky.gov

For a detailed description of some holdings in the Kentucky Historical Society Library, consult Joan E. Brookes-Smith, Kentucky Historical Society Microfilm Catalog, vols. 3–4 (Frankfort, Ky.: Kentucky Historical Society, 1981) or see descriptions online.

An older and outdated finding aid for names and addresses of over 300 Kentucky genealogical and historical societies is the Kentucky Historical Society’s Directory of Historical Organizations and Speakers Bureau (Frankfort, Ky.: Historical Confederation of Kentucky and Kentucky Historical Society, 1988). A reprinted edition is expected.

Kentucky Genealogical Society

(not a statewide organization)
P.O. Box 153
300 Coffee Tree Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40602-0153
www.kygs.org

University of Kentucky

Division of Special Collections and Archives
Margaret King Library
Lexington, KY 40506
www.uky.edu/Libraries/Special

Filson Library

1310 S. Third St.
Louisville, KY 40205
www.filsonhistorical.org

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