FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 5, 2013) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and Kentucky Genealogical Society (KGS) will host a free family history workshop at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in downtown Frankfort. Certified genealogist Gail Miller discusses how to use court documents and pre-1850s tax records in genealogical research.


Kentucky’s tax lists are the most complete records in the South for the pre-1850s time period. They were the only record created annually for Kentuckians. During the morning session, “They Paid Their Taxes: Using Kentucky Tax Lists for Pre-1850s Research,” learn how to use these valuable records to reveal your ancestor’s lifestyle, prove relationships, identify neighbors, sort men of the same name and determine prior residence.


The afternoon session, “Using Kentucky Equity and Criminal Court Cases to Complete Your Research,” explains how to use these valuable records to discover information related specifically to the case, to relationships and to personal information about family members and neighbors. These little-used and loose court documents often contain detailed information not available anywhere else.


To make a reservation for this free workshop, contact the KHS Reference Desk at 502-564-1792, ext. 4460 or KHSrefdesk@ky.gov. The registration deadline is noon Friday, March 8.


Presented by KHS and KGS on the second Saturday of each month, each family history workshop takes place at the Center for Kentucky History. Topics range from how to begin documenting your ancestry to specialized resources for experienced genealogists. If requested at the time of registration, an optional light lunch is available for $6, payable at the door.


For more about this and other KHS programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.



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