A game for the history books

March 24, 2014 by  

By Jim Kettel, genealogy supervisor at BCPL I recently returned from a trip to Bowling Green to watch the Ashland Kittens make history. The ladies made it to the semi-finals in the state tournament. According to the record books, it’s the first time in 83 years; I do believe that is an accomplishment.  I attended the event to watch and support my wife’s niece, Josie Roberts, a senior with the Kittens. As I drove with the family to Diddle Arena … Continue reading

Obituary Index updated

December 15, 2013 by  

The index for the Ashland Daily Independent obituaries has been updated. It has been updated with the 2011, Jan-Jun 1975, Apr-June 1946, a few missing months from the 1920s and 30s as well as misc. corrections. The database now contains over 194,000 entries.  The next update will bring the total over 200,000. Take a minute and check the updated index out.  

19,000 Couples Get Hitched!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 31, 2013 by  

For those of you not into county history or genealogy, Boyd County was formed in 1860.  For many years I have indexed Boyd County marriages, our online marriage database has now been updated through 1920.  The database includes brides, grooms and parents if listed; you will also find the marriage date, the Marriage Book and the page number of the marriage certificate.  There are approximately 19,000 marriages and they are easily searched by any name whether it be the bride, groom or parents. … Continue reading

Perfect time to find dead people

October 11, 2013 by  

by Amanda Gilmore, BCPL Community Relations One of the most popular places at Boyd County Public Library is the genealogy department. With its knowledgeable staff and terrific resources, the department is a busy place seven days a week. But October has special meaning to genealogists, and gives a great reason to check out a local treasure you might have missed up to this point. October is designated in many states, including Kentucky, as Family History Month. It’s a great time … Continue reading

Updated Surname Files

December 13, 2012 by  

Attention! We have recently added 1,570 Surname files to our existing collection of 2,600 files. Thanks to local researcher Teresa Martin Klaiber with her recent donation of nearly 1,600 files.  Take a look at the link below and see if any of the new files can help in your research. http://thebookplace.org/?wpfb_dl=250    

1940 Census index is complete!

September 11, 2012 by  

The index is complete, come take a look! Remember when you were at an amusement park and saw the sign “you must be this tall…?”  Well, you must be this old (72 years or older) to find yourself in this census.  After its’ closure for 72 years it’s finally released to the public.  The census is taken every 10 years and kept private for 72 years (average lifespan when the law was enacted).  You can only browse right now but soon … Continue reading

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