About Our Genealogy Databases

Ashland Daily Independent Obituary Database

This database currently covers from July 1922 to June 1948,  Jul 1970 through Feb 1995, and 1998 through June 2018.

  • 1922-1948 were transcribed by library staff and is ongoing.
  • July 1970-1995 were entered by volunteers. These records were copied from the Rose Hill Cemetery obituary scrapbooks donated by Louise Price Hoy, PHD.
  • 1998-2005 were records digitally converted from material donated by Curtis Puckett. Curtis maintained yearly indexes to the Ashland Daily Independent from 1990 to 2005. The Indexes from 1998 to 2005 have been scanned, OCR’d (changed from a scanned image to editable text) and converted to the obituary format and merged with our obituary database. These are a wonderful addition to the database. They generally have the birth date, place and age added to the normal information. Some of the entries will not have converted completely and as a consequence will look weird (may have unusual characters).  This period of the database only indexes the first time the name appears for that person.  Subsequent entries in the newspaper for that person were NOT indexed by Curtis.
  • The Genealogy Staff are maintaining the obituaries from July 2005 to the present

Ashland Cemetery Database

In cooperation with the Ashland Cemetery, they provide a copy of their database on an annual basis. The Cemetery office had a fire sometime around 1900 and records prior to that are gone. The database contains burial records from around 1900 on. There are a few entries prior to 1900 that have been entered. For tombstone transcriptions prior to 1900 refer to the Boyd County Cemeteries Database.

Boyd County Cemeteries Database

This database was created initially by Teresa Martin Klaiber, Staff Genealogist.  The information was collected by her, several volunteers.  More of the information was taken from cemetery readings taken in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Evelyn Scyphers Jackson.  Evelyn was an avid genealogist and helped spearhead the readings for Boyd County for a statewide project to record cemeteries.

Boyd County Marriages Database

These marriages are being entered directly from the microfilm copies of the marriages. They are being transcribed by genealogy staff member Judy Fleming.

  • This database was updated on July 29, 2012 with books 1-9 (later part of 1914 through Oct 1917)
  • This database was updated in late October 2013 with books 10-34 (1917-Dec 1920)

Historical Records Database (not online yet)

This is a database being worked on and will eventually contain:

  • The indexed material from our in-house database of Archives materials in Room 212
  • Vertical Files of Historical Material (merged with the Evelyn Jackson Collection)
  • An indexed set of materials housed in Room 211
  • Surname Vertical Files (merged with the Evelyn Jackson and Teresa Martin Klaiber Surname Collections).

Armco Negatives Index Cards

This set of Cards indexes the Armco Negative Collection.

  • The cards index a set of negatives dating from the Early 1940’s through 1979.
  • The Collection contains negatives from the early 1940’s through the mid-1980’s.
  • The Collection documents accidents, events, city, and operations throughout the Ashland Plant.

This database will be placed back online soon in a new user friendly database.

Kentucky Death Index 2000-2013

This database was converted from PDF files purchased (early 2015) from the Office for Vital Statistics, Frankfort, KY.  It currently contains the years 2000-2013.  Database searches have a limit of 500 names.  This index is to be used as a reference only, and is not intended to be an official record of death.  For more information you should request a copy of the actual death certificate from the Office of Vital Statistics.  The Death Certificate number was NOT part of the original index purchased from the Office of Vital Statistics.  As with any conversion process, there may be occasional errors to have been introduced.