Genealogy is fun and getting started is easier than
you think it is. Kentucky has many excellent collections of genealogical books, maps, and microfilm. The recently completed
Kentucky History Center is a genealogist's paradise with its beautiful marble lobby and wealth of materials.
Your county public library will probably have books which are helpful. Don't forget the collections of your
local college; although its history books may not be focused on genealogy, the indexes are filled with names! Among the most
outstanding collections in Kentucky is the Filson Club Library in Louisville. Non-members may pay a small fee (currently about
$5) to research. Check the Filson Club site.
If you want to do some research on your family
tree, try joining a local genealogy club for tips (if there is one in your area) or pick up a genealogy magazine and scan
Some of the most helpful personal contacts which you can make are with your Internet "cousins" -
somewhere out there someone else is researching a part of your family tree. You may enjoy exchanging e-mail and family stories
about that unusual ancestor you both have in common.
Although there are many good starting points for researching
Kentucky genealogy on the Internet, we might suggest some of the links listed in the Rowan County Historical Society page
- http://www.rowanco.org .