The first tour stop for A Rainbow of Kenton County Houses virtual walking tour is 111 Wallace Avenue known as the Holmes House.

Over the summer the staff of the Local History and Genealogy Department will be posting a blog to go along with the stops for our virtual walking tour A Rainbow of Kenton County Houses. The blogs will highlight local history and genealogy resources available at the Kenton County Public Library, in-depth looks at the history of the property or its inhabitants, and/or research strategies.

This week we explored the history of the Holmes House at 111 Wallace Avenue and the formation of Wallace Woods. If you are interested in researching your historic house or neighborhood the library has many resources to help you research historic houses like the Holmes House. Here are 5 resources available to help you research your historic property with the help of the Kenton County Public Library.

  1. Kenton County Public Library Card – Your Kenton County Public Library card gives you access to many online genealogy and local history databases like the Historical Kentucky Post, Historical Cincinnati Enquirer, Ancestry Library Edition, and the Kentucky Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps. If you live in the area, head into any branch to get a Kenton County Public Library card or apply online. Visit our website for more information on how to get a library card.
  2. Ancestry Library Edition – Ancestry Library Edition is a great resource for finding city directories, census records, vital records and more. These records are great for creating a timeline of the property or the people who lived there. Remote or home access has been extended to December 31, 2021. Log in with your KCPL library card by clicking on the Ancestry Library Edition link on our Research Tools page.
  3. The Local History and Genealogy Department – The Covington branch is home to a large collection of Local History and Genealogy resources.  The department has print copies of local city directories, microfilm of local newspapers like the Kentucky Post and Kentucky Times-Star, and plenty of space to sit and research at one of our large tables. As of June 1, 2021 the department is open to patrons: Monday – Wednesday: 9 AM to 5 PM, Thursday 9 AM – 9 PM, Friday 9 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM. Please note that Sunday hours 1 PM – 5 PM will resume on August 1, 2021. Patrons are encouraged and welcome to make an appointment before they visit the department. To make an appointment please call (859) 962-4070.
  4. One-On-One Genealogy Research Assistance Appointments – If you are struggling to get started on your property research and need some guidance, or need help researching a person who lived on the property, you can schedule a free one-hour one-on-one genealogy research assistance appointments. Appointments are available in-person, over-the-phone, or virtually through a Microsoft Teams meeting.  To schedule an appointment call us at (859) 962-4070 or email us at
  5. Maps – Maps are a great way to understand the development of a property over time, and changes to the surrounding neighborhood. Maps can also tell you if the house number or street named changed, and details about the construction of the house including number of floors and materials. Use your Kenton County Public Library card to access our Kentucky Sanborn Fire Insurance Map collection. This collection offers maps for cities across the commonwealth at various points in time.  We also have digitized a few maps in our collection and made them available online.

I hope you find these tips helpful for researching your history property! If you have any questions please email us at

The special virtual walking tour is available to watch on the Kenton County Public Library Facebook page and YouTube channel. You can also head to our Instagram for a special post related to the tour!

This blog was written by Cierra Earl, MA of the Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington.


Watch the tour of the red house on Youtube!

The next virtual tour stop will be on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 @ 2 PM on our Facebook and YouTube page. We will look at the history of 707 Greenup Street, a orange house.



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