What could be better than a pumpkin spice or chai latte every day before Halloween? Thirty-one days of programs during Family History Month brought to you by your local history and genealogy library friends, of course! Starting October 1 we kick off 31 days of programming. That’s right; we are doing at least one program per day ALL MONTH LONG.

Grab your rain coat and walking shoes because we couldn’t contain all of the fun to inside the library! We have a host of events that might look familiar, but we’re also hosting events on a whole bunch of fresh, new-to-us topics. We’ll be heading out into our beautiful city to explore and teach you about the iconography of headstones in Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum, and have a picnic amongst the cemetery’s residents.

If you are sad to see the weekly walking tours of historic Pike Street come to an end, have no fear! We know you like storytelling as much as we do, so we put together a brand new tour filled with spooky, grim, or otherwise unusual stories from the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood. Join us on Mondays, October 9 & 30 at 6:00 pm, and Wednesdays, October 4 & 25 at 10:00 am for an hour-long jaunt through the neighborhood with a side of storytelling. As a super special bonus, we’ll be doing another installment of the tour on Saturday, October 21 at 3:30 pm before our annual Evening with the Ancestors event.

We’ll also be giving family-friendly tours of Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum on Friday, October 13, in case you wanted a little entertainment while waiting for Cinema in the Cemetery to start (presented in partnership with The Neighborhood of Peaselburg, The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington, Historic Linden Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and the City of Covington Parks and Recreation).

If joining us on Periscope is more your style, we’ll be taking you on a stroll through the historic streets of Ludlow, in addition to talking about the history of funeral homes in Covington. Of course you won’t want to miss our regular monthly series of broadcasts: Explain It Like I’m Five (ELI5), Today I Learned (TIL), and Glitter, Glue & Genealogy, Too (3G2)!

Speaking of geography, do you like maps? We love maps, so we’re going to share our knowledge with you in Latitude, Longitude, and Lineage and explore different kinds of historic maps that can be used in genealogical research.

We have a few BRAND NEW programs on tap that we are thrilled to offer to you. Space is limited with these and you will definitely not want to miss them, so sign up today!

  • Genealogy Workshop with Amy Johnson Crow, CGSaturday, October 7 from 10:00-4:00 pm. You will not want to miss this opportunity! Our invited speaker will cover occupational resources, utilizing timelines in your research, locating your ancestors prior to 1850, and records for researching your Civil War veterans. Bring a lunch because this one is going to go all day!
  • Join us on Thursday nights October 5, 12, & 19 at 6:00 pm for beginner’s help finding different types of records in our appropriately titled events:
  • She’s a Brick House – Sign up for a one-on-one session and we’ll help you get started on researching your historic Northern Kentucky property.
  • Family History Zine Workshop – Learn how to create a DIY family history “magazine” with a photocopier, scissors, tape, and a bit of creativity.

And of course we’ll be bringing back a few crowd favorites, such as our annual Antiques Appraisal Fair sponsored by the Kenton County Historical Society, and bi-annual Evening with the Ancestors.

Programs are free but some registration, noted with an asterisk, is required. Most programs take place at the Covington Branch Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011. For programs online, tune into @KentonLibrary on Periscope (available on your smartphone or tablet), or at periscope.tv/kentonlibraryFor more information including registration information, visit www.kentonlibrary.org/events or call (859) 962-4070.


Can’t wait for October now? Us neither! You can find our full calendar of events here, but here’s a handy list:

10/1: One-On-One Genealogy Research Assistance *, 1 pm – 3 pm

10/2: Periscope: 3G2: DIY Silhouette Portraits, 3 pm

10/3: Genealogy Tech: Using geNKY *, 6 pm

10/4: Haunted Walking Tour, 10 am

10/5: Put a Ring On It: Online Marriage Records Research in NKY*, 6 pm

10/6: Genealogy Tech: Using geNKY *, 10 am

10/7: Genealogy Workshop with Amy Johnson Crow, CG *, 10 am  – 4 pm

10/8: She’s a Brick House: Property Records Research Assistance* , 1 pm – 3 pm

10/9: Getting to Know the Local History and Genealogy Department, 10 am

10/9: Haunted Walking Tour, 6 pm

10/10: Periscope: Virtual Tour of the KCPL Archives, 10 am

10/11: Archives Show and Tell, 10 am

10/12: You Make Me Feel Like A Natural-ized Woman: Naturalization Records Research *, 6 pm

10/13: Periscope: Tour of Covington Funeral Homes, 3 pm

10/13: Family Friendly Cemetery Tour: Linden Grove, 6 pm

10/14: Antiques Appraisal Fair, 11 am

10/15: One-On-One Genealogy Research Assistance *, 1 pm – 3 pm

10/16: Genealogy: Tech – FamilySearch Family Tree Maker*, 6 pm

10/17: DAR Research Assistance, 9 am – 11 am

10/17: Periscope: TIL: Cemetery Iconography Basics, 3 pm

10/18: Family History Zine Workshop *, 7 pm

10/19: Don’t Fear the Reaper: Death Records Research in NKY *, 6 pm

10/20: Genealogy: Tech – FamilySearch Family Tree Maker*, 10 am

10/21: Haunted Walking Tour, 3:30 pm

10/21: Evening with the Ancestors *, 6 pm – 11 pm

10/22: One-On-One Photograph Scanning Assistance *, 1 pm – 3 pm

10/23: Congenealogy: 31 Cemeteries in 31 Days, by Kaira Tucker, MA, MSLS, 6:30 pm

10/24: Periscope: ELI5: How Do I Find Out Who Has Died In My House?, 3 pm

10/25: Haunted Walking Tour, 10 am

10/26: One-On-One Photograph Scanning Assistance   *, 10 am – Noon

10/27: Periscope: Tour of Downtown Ludlow, 3 pm

10/28: Getting to Know the Local History and Genealogy Department, 10 am

10/29: Latitude, Longitude, and Lineage: Using Maps in Genealogy, 2 pm

10/30: Haunted Walking Tour, 6 pm

10/31: Cemetery Iconography Picnic Lunch @ Linden Grove *, 11 am – 1 pm

The Kentucky History and Genealogy Department at the Kenton County Public Library is one of the largest local history collections in the state of Kentucky. Situated on the second floor of the Covington Library, the history department has hundreds of thousands of files, articles, records and photos to help researchers and genealogists delve into their past. History staff provide opportunities for one-to-one research assistance for those getting started or needing help. To visit the department online go to www.kentonlibrary.org/genealogy


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