Genealogy: Kentucky, Library and society resource list

Kentucky, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives:
  2. Kentucky Genealogical Society:
  3. Kentucky Historical Society:

University Archives and Collections (13)

  1. Bellarmine University. Thomas Merton Center:
  2. Morehead State University:
  3. Murray State University. Pogue Library:
  4. Murray State University. Records Retention Center:
  5. Northern Kentucky University:
  6. Sullivan University:
  7. Transylvania University:
  8. University of Kentucky:
  9. University of Louisville. Anderson Music Library:
  10. University of Louisville. Kornhauser Health Sciences Library:
  11. University of Louisville. Special Collections:
  12. University of Louisville. University Archives and Records Center:
  13. Western Kentucky University:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (11)

  1. Ashland–Boyd County Public Library:
  2. Bowling Green–Western Kentucky University Library, Special Collections:
  3. Covington–Kenton County Public Library:
  4. Keeneland–Keeneland Library:
  5. Lexington–Lexington Public Library:
  6. Louisville–Louisville Western Library:
  7. New Orleans–New Orleans Public Library:
  8. Ownesboro–Daviess County Public Library:
  9. Paducah–McCracken County Public Library:
  10. Paris–John Fox, Jr. Library:
  11. Pikeville–Pikeville College, Frank M. Allara Library, Special Collections Department:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (4)

  1. Diocese of Owensboro:
  2. Filson Historical Society:
  3. Jefferson County. Historic Preservation and Archives:
  4. National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. KYVL – Kentucky Virtual Library:

The databases included in this site are for Kentuckians and Kentucky institutions’ students/faculty. The databases provide access to ibliographic information (author, title, etc.), abstracts (a short description), and often the full text of articles.

Digital Library Collections (4)

  1. Kentuckiana Digital Library:
  2. University of Kentucky, Research in Computing for Humanities:
  3. University of Kentucky Library, Electronic Information Access and Management Center:
  4. Kentuckiana Digital Library: