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Useful Genealogical Web Links

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  • The Latest Useful Websites We've Found
  • New find via the RootsWeb Bracken County Message Board ! Kentucky Baptist History website. Site includes transcribed portions of a rare book with an early account of Baptist pioneer families from Virginia known as The Traveling Church
  • Charles Wesley Smith invites you to visit his Smith-Taylor and Allied Families Association (STAFA) website where you'll find references to many Bracken County surnames and family connections including Smith, West, Clos, Clark, Ruf, Faul, Haley, McClanahan, Hargett, Jett, Peed, and more.
  • Three Important Bracken County-Specific Links to Keep Handy
  • KyGenWeb County Resources
  • Bracken County RootsWeb Resources
  • USGenWeb Special Projects
  • The Pennsylvania Connection for early ancestral originals
  • Links to Other Recommended Web Sites



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Latest Useful Websites We've Found
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Three Important Bracken County Links



KyGenWeb County Resources


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RootsWeb Resources



RootsWeb Mail List start page for all available mail lists, with instructions for subscribing

RootsWeb Kentucky Resources; a collection of useful links on a range of genealogical and historical topics for all Kentucky counties

RootsWeb Surname Search


RootsWeb War Generations calculation chart and historical timeline of wars and conflicts

RootsWeb Whaley Surname Obituary Board compiled by Jeanne Dalrymple. Entries are predominantly for Kentucky counties.



Here is but a sample of RootsWeb special interest message boards with relevance to Bracken County. Non-subscribers may browse or search the archived messages, but you must subscribe if you want to post messages.


USGenWeb Special Projects


Visit the Special Projects Start Page first, or go directly to a USGenWeb Project:


The Pennsylvania Connection



Many early Bracken County pioneers came from what is now SW Pennsylvania. At the time of the American Revolution, it was part of the Virginia 'District of West Augusta' (comprised of Ohio, Monongalia and Yohogania counties, (see map) and the subject of a boundary dispute between the two colonies. Both claimed jurisdiction and carried out government functions such that residents were never certain if they lived in Pennsylvania or Virginia. The region is also the site of the Whiskey Rebellion that pushed many of the more individualistic pioneers further west. 'Redstone Old Fort,' near modern-day Pittsburgh, was the point of departure for the flatboats that carried settlers down the Ohio River into the Kentucky wilderness. If your ancestors were in Bracken County before 1800, there's a good chance you'll find them in SW Pennsylvania in the prior years.

A few Kentucky names found in early SW PA records: Bracken - Bradford - Bradley - Devore - Downing - McDowell - Shannon - Slack - (Van)Swearingen - Vallandingham - Wishart

  • Visit the PAGenWeb Washington County website for good source information about early pioneers from southwestern Pennsylvania. Also visit Washington County Genealogy and History to access three important local history sources:
  • Beers Biographical Record, published by J.H. Beers & Co.
  • Boyd Crumrine's 'History of Washington County, Pennsylvania with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men' (Philadelphia: L. H. Leverts & Co., 1882).
  • Raymond M. Bell Anthology

Other Recommended Useful Web Links



The following links are a compilation of recommended websites discovered by KyGenWeb coordinators during web browsing. Some of the websites belong to repositories that are also important destinations for in-person research visits, so they are repeated in other appropriate places on this site. The following have been selected for their particularly useful ON-LINE databases and research help.

  • KDLA - The Kentucky Division for Libraries and Archives. The Kentucky Division for Libraries and Archives is Kentucky's official state archives. Home of the permanent public records of Kentucky state government and many of the Commonwealth's local governments and judicial offices, KDLA is a key source for genealogical research. Log on and familiarize yourself with the KDLA holdings.
  • The Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office. Kentucky's land records are managed by the Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office. The agency provides a searchable database on the website to explore land records. Or, go to their search engine to find out what county a Kentucky city is in.
  • While you're browsing official Kentucky government websites, check in at the Kentucky State Government Official Site, to see what else might be useful on-line.
  • Explore the Kentucky Virtual Library 'Kentuckiana Digitial Library', filled with images of the past, and on-line oral history project data.
  • The Kentucky Historical Society maintains several on-line searchable databases in their library catalogue, available to all users, including:
    An on-line cemetery database. Still very much a work in progress. Many BRACKEN COUNTY cemeteries are now on-line.
    HeritageQuest Online-Digitized from the popular UMI: Genealogy and Local History collection on microfiche, this online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical hobbyists and professionals. Available to in-person visitors only.
  • The Military Records and Research Branch (MRRB) is the archive of the Department of Military Affairs. Their holdings consist of discharge documents for over 300,000 Kentucky veterans from all conflicts from WWI through Desert Storm.
    MRRB also contains historical records of all Kentucky militia and National Guard units from 1792 to the present. In excess of 75,000 inactive 201 files on former members of the Kentucky Army and Air Guard are maintained by MRRB as well as a military research library of some 1,000 volumes. The staff of five assists veterans, historians, recruiters, genealogists, and other government agencies in accessing information within MRRB's holdings, and maintains a standard of same-day service for answering most requests.

  • A new link, the Civil War 13th Ky Cavalry Roster, was transcribed from the Soldiers & Sailors System Public Domain Documents and contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Michelle Bowles on 10 April 2003
  • Visit the independent Kentucky Biographies Project, and look for familiar surnames.
  • If you research at a local LDS Family History Library, you can save precious visit time by doing your catalogue search at home, on-line. Know which films to order before you go. The catalogue of holdings, and a vast amount of learning tools, are all available on-line at the digital Family History Library.
  • SAR, the Sons of the American Revolution, maintain an on-line library catalogue index.
  • The National Genealogical Society maintains an Online Library Catalogue of their holdings.
  • 'The Making of America' is an on-line digital collection that's part of the much larger digital library that you can browse on-line. The project is a joint venture of the University of Michigan and Cornell University and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MOA collection is a valuable resource to genealogists who care about the historical aspect of their family research. Of special interest is the collection of official records of the Union and Confederate Navies and Armies during the War of the Rebellion. You will find many references to individual participants on both sides. Visit the collection at the site of your choice: Cornell University or The University of Michigan
  • Every genealogical researcher should know about NUCMC (the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections), especially its listing of repositories of primary sources. Want to know where the records are held? Check NUCMC--Visit NUCMC on-line.
  • So your ancestors didn't exactly arrive on the Mayflower? Most of our ancestors 'missed the boat' by a few years, decades or centuries. Log on to the Ellis Island website to check the on-line collection of records for immigrants to the United States who arrived in New York between 1892 to 1924. Be sure to register. They don't bite.
  • 'Mayflower' not listed here (or is it?). Visit The Ships List searchable database of passenger ship arrivals during the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Many early Kentuckians moved on and acquired land further west. Learn about federal land patents, search the database, and link directly to land offices for many U.S. states at the Bureau of Land Management website.
  • Want to get the most out of the 1930 Census? Explore the NARA Guide to 1930 Census.
  • Wish you could get to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), but Washington D.C. is just too far? Many informative NARA resources and training outlines are available at NARA's Digital Classroom website. Check out the wealth of pointers and tips under the sections captioned 'Conducting Research' and 'Locating Publications.'
  • NARA, The National Archives, has released access to an Archival Databases System. This information was forwarded from New England Historical Genealogical Society (NEHGS) by RootsWeb list host Carolyn Seaman.
  • NARA announces the availability of a reproduction of Civil War Wagonmaster Records that documents civilian service from a list of civilian wagonmasters who served the Union during the Civil War. This document adds to the fragmented body of records available to researchers. Find the information at the NARA website.
  • The Library of Congress American Memory Collection contains many on-line images, manuscripts and other historical records that may turn up a valuable item for your research.


Some General Resources for On-Line Research

  • Do you have an old military patch or photo of an ancestor in military attire? Identifying the miliary unit will greatly and aid in finding the ancestor's military records. This Army Historical website helped me find the elusive World War I records for my husband's grandfather from a photo that showed his unit insignia. Maybe it can help you.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau offers an on-line search tool to find a county by place name.
  • Look up the US Census demographics for Bracken County
  • Visit the Illinois State Archives death index database. Many Kentuckians migrated to Illinois beginning in the early 19th Century. You might find an ancestor or two recorded here.
  • Every county has its Political Graveyard. Check out the political figures who lived or were born in Bracken County. Maybe one of them was your ancestor.
  • If I lived in Kentucky, I would do a photo study of Kentucky Covered Bridges. Walcott is the only covered bridge in Bracken County. That's why I chose it as the 'mascot' for this website.
  • Visit Augusta, KY, a web site with information for the visitor to Augusta, Kentucky
  • An on-line surname submission form, Genealogist's Index to the World Wide Web, was contributed to this site by an unknown submitter.
  • Check out the Genealogy Research Associates, Inc. list of City Directories in the U.S. and where they are archived
  • Nancy Trice recommends this listserv that shows you how to date old postcards
  • Visit Jeanne Dalrymple's Whaley Surname Obit Board at RootsWeb.
  • The Georgia Secretary of State has compiled a website link to the State Archives of all U.S. States. A timesaving reference for researchers seeking state and pre-U.S. Federal era records.
  • A worldwide compilation of primary source repositories, created by Terry Abraham at the University of Idaho.
  • Most early Kentucky ancestors lived in or passed through Virginia. Visit this great free transcription of 1790 and 1800 tax lists for many Virginia counties.
  • Find your Maryland ancestors at the on-line Maryland State Archives.
  • NEW! A Great Find! ourtimelines.com lets you place your ancestor (or yourself) in the historical context and learn about famous contemporaries. This is a good way to gain insight into the world in which they lived. Thanks to Jo Hogle, RootsWeb HILDRETH surname list owner for sharing this useful link.


This list will continue to grow as KyGenWeb volunteers discover and pass along
other valuable on-line data and learning tools for genealogists.

Last Updated Wednesday, 16-Apr-2014 19:44:26 EDT


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