Kentucky Research Tips and Strategies

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Purpose of Research Tips and Strategies Wiki Page

The Kentucky Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for Kentucky. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



Kentucky Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in Kentucky

Kentucky Online Genealogy Records
How to find Kentucky Birth Records
How to find Kentucky Marriage Records
How to find Kentucky Death Records

Kentucky Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in Kentucky.

  • Birth information: Statewide registration of births began in 1911 in Kentucky with general compliance by 1917. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Statewide registration of deaths began in 1911 in Kentucky with general compliance by 1917. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search Kentucky death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

Kentucky Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Kentucky Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

Further Kentucky Research[edit | edit source]

  • Remember, for a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see Kentucky Record Finder.
  • For online record collections, go to Kentucky Online Genealogy Records.
  • For more research on Kentucky, including research at the county level, visit the Kentucky page on the Research Wiki.
  • Search all of the Kentucky record collections at FamilySearch.
  • Bettie Cummings. Genealogical Research in Kentucky. National Genealogical Society Quarterly 97 #1 (March 2009): 39-72. FHL 973 B2ng