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Kentucky Genealogy Index

"Why an index when I have Google?"

It's great to be able to search for someone online and have millions of pages of texts and documents scoured in a few seconds. But search for a common name and we soon suffer from overload -- too many results to search through! So we narrow the search by putting the name in quotes or adding a specific location, but that may eliminate the very record that could help us most. Consider this pair of sentences from a biographical sketch of Charles W Butler from an 1885 Kentucky History:

Charles W. Butler's educational advantages were such as the common schools of Kentucky afforded. February 13, 1855, he married Anne E., daughter of Moses W. and Matilda (Bishop) Stone, of Grayson County, born October 22, 1837, and to them were born Thomas E., February 13, 1866, and Mary A., June 19, 1868.

Suppose your interest was in Anne E Stone as the sister of your direct ancestor, but you don't know whom she married. "Anne E Stone" (in that exact order) is not listed here, but she is shown, along with her birth and marriage dates, parent's names (including her mother's maiden name), county of residence prior to marriage, as well as information on her children and husband. One of our goals is to include such 'hidden' references in our index. We have her indexed as Anne E Stone and Anne E Butler, her dates of birth and marriage, and connect her to Matilda Bishop/Matilda Stone as well as the other persons and places mentioned. Here is what members see when the click on the Anne E Stone link:

Person Record: Anne E Stone - Grayson County 1855Feb13
aka
Anne E Butler - Grayson County 1855Feb13
aka
Anne E Stone - Grayson County 1837Oct22
aka
Anne E Stone - Grayson County 1837Oct22

Associated Persons:
Charles W Butler
Enoch Butler
John Butler
Mary A Clagett
Harry Clagett
Henry C Butler
Minor E Butler
Joseph A Butler
John W Butler
Cynthia J Butler
_unk_ Day
Thomas E Butler
Mary A Butler
Moses W Stone
Matilda Bishop


NAME: Anne E Stone
SEX: female
RECORD TYPE: marriage
wife of Charles W Butler
DATE: 1855Feb13
COUNTY: Grayson KY
SOURCE: Kentucky. A history of the state. By J. H. Battle, Wm. Henry Perrin, and G. C. Kniffin, Published by F. A. Battey publishing company, Louisville KY and Chicago IL: 1885
Charles W Butler Biography

NAME: Anne E Butler
SEX: female
RECORD TYPE: married name
identical to Anne E Stone
DATE: 1855Feb13
COUNTY: Grayson KY
SOURCE: Kentucky. A history of the state. By J. H. Battle, Wm. Henry Perrin, and G. C. Kniffin, Published by F. A. Battey publishing company, Louisville KY and Chicago IL: 1885
Charles W Butler Biography

NAME: Anne E Stone
SEX: female
RECORD TYPE: born
daughter of Moses W Stone
DATE: 1837Oct22
COUNTY: Grayson KY
SOURCE: Kentucky. A history of the state. By J. H. Battle, Wm. Henry Perrin, and G. C. Kniffin, Published by F. A. Battey publishing company, Louisville KY and Chicago IL: 1885
Charles W Butler Biography

NAME: Anne E Stone
SEX: female
RECORD TYPE: born
daughter of Matilda Bishop
DATE: 1837Oct22
COUNTY: Grayson KY
SOURCE: Kentucky. A history of the state. By J. H. Battle, Wm. Henry Perrin, and G. C. Kniffin, Published by F. A. Battey publishing company, Louisville KY and Chicago IL: 1885
Charles W Butler Biography

We also gather ephemera, scattered documents, photographs and similar hard-to-find resources, and make them accessible through indexing.

Other genealogy sites mostly fall into one of three categories:

  1. They just tell you where to find the records you need, most frequently with affiliate links to ancestry.com - repeating information freely available on hundreds of other sites. Sometimes these focus on one type or record, or one area, but they are still just regurgitating what you can easily find on on other sites, if you could get through the clutter of these me-too sites.

  2. Sites with useful, but limited information. These are hard to find because there are so many, and it takes time to distinguish them from the above me-too sites. Personal genealogy pages, historic record sites, and various regional and local sites fall into this category. We will be including data from as many of these sites as we can find that are relevant to Kentucky, and placing it in our Kentucky genealogy index database. That doesn't mean we are 'taking all the information for ourselves', it means we are indexing the names and vital details you need, in order to know which sites will be of use to you. Our index than has links back to those original sites so you can get whatever additional details may be available.

  3. Finally there are a couple dozen we-do-it-all sites, that want you to enter your complete family tree in their database, while providing a wide range of source material from which you can draw information. Even the largest of this type of site, ancestry.com, has only a tiny fraction of records in existence. The LDS have much more on microfilm, but again even their collection still has only a small part of the records that exist. We are not competing with these sites, so you will not be able to construct a personal genealogy on this site, but we do hope to be able to help you find some of the records you need to complete the Kentucky portion of your genealogy.

Our index will also include many widely available resources, such as census records. Not just for Kentucky, but from other places where Kentucky born settlers have moved. Members will also be able to upload document copies and information to share with their distant relatives. We will never get ALL of the extant records for Kentucky indexed either, but we hope to get enough done to help you find at least one clue to your ancestry. And we will be publishing historical and demographic information that is helpful to the genealogist, and maybe can help you better understand your ancestors as well.

Ours is not a simple index, but includes as much identifying information as possible for the individuals cited. It preserves family groups and allows cross linking between various references to the same person. All citations and references can be annotated by users, so that errors may be easily flagged, and questionable transcriptions corrected.

This project is in its infancy, so please bear with us as we collect and organize the information on Kentuckians of ages past. This site went online in December 2013 with almost 500,000 records, and so far has (3,181,091) records in the main database. We also have sections devoted to biographies, photographs, graphic prints, research information and local resources. Of special interest and value is our photographer section, which can help you assign a date to your old family photos.

This is not a free site, but it will not cost an arm-and-a-leg! For just $10 you can have full membership for one year. Think of us as a modern-day magazine, publishing new data almost every day. You can contribute information, swap stories with other researchers, and generally enjoy exploring your genealogy and Kentucky's history.



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