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Genealogy & Local History

genealogy and local history

Welcome to our genealogy and local history page! We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you explore your family history and learn more about the history of our community. Please take a look at the links below and let us know if you have any questions or need further assistance.

America's News (NewsBank)
Features access to a variety of Kentucky newspapers including the Lexington Herald Leader.
Audience: Middle School & Above


Ancestry.com (ProQuest)
Contains census, immigration, military, birth, marriage & death records. This resource is only available within the library.
Audience: High School & Above


Cincinnati Enquirer Historical (ProQuest)
The Cincinnati Enquirer (1841 - 1922). This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Courier-Journal (ProQuest)
Contains full-text articles from the Courier-Journal, covering the years from 2008 to 2 weeks prior to today. (For CJ coverage from 1830-2000, please use the Courier-Journal Historical database. For coverage from 2000-present, use US Newsstream.)
Audience: Elementary School & Above


Courier-Journal Historical (ProQuest)
Searchable collection of articles published in Louisville's Courier-Journal, covering the years from 1830 to 2000.
Audience: Elementary School & Above


HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest)
Contains census records, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's bank records, and citations for genealogy books and journals.
Audience: High School & Above


Historical Black Newspapers (ProQuest)
Access the Louisville Defender and many more historical Black Newspapers in the U.S. These offer essential primary source content and editorial perspectives.
Audience: Middle School & Above


Nashville Tennessean Historical (ProQuest)
The Nashville Tennessean (1812-1922). This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
Audience: High School & Above


New York Times: Print Edition (ProQuest)
Contains newspaper articles on a comprehensive range of topics.
Audience: Middle School & Above


Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 (ProQuest)
Provides electronic access to large-scale historical maps of more than 130 Kentucky towns and cities.
Audience: Middle School & Above


US Newsstream (ProQuest)
US Newsstream enables users to search the most recent premium U.S. news content (including the Courier Journal), as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.
Audience: Middle School & Above