The Historic Winter of ’77. Photograph courtesy of Faces and Places KCPL’s free NKY online photograph archive with over 100,000 images.

It’s cold outside, so it’s a great time to stay indoors and work on your family tree. The Kenton County Public Library is here to help you research your genealogy or local history! We offer one-on-one research assistance, instructional programs on Facebook and Youtube, and online access to popular genealogy databases. If you have a Kenton County Public Library card you can use many genealogy databases for free from home.

If you need help getting started with your genealogy, or need help researching a brick wall ancestor, our staff are available to help you. We offer one-on-one genealogy research assistance appointments over the phone or online through a virtual Microsoft Teams meeting. If you want to schedule an appointment please call us at (859) 962-4070. An email address is required to set up a virtual appointment. The Local History and Genealogy Department at Covington is available to patrons by appointment only. If you’d like to visit the department, please call us at (859) 962-4070 to schedule an one-hour appointment.

A NEW! program this winter is Virtual DAR Research Assistance. You can schedule a one-hour virtual one-on-one appointment with the Rebecca Bryan Boone chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a staff member of the Local History and Genealogy Department.  During the appointment you can discuss the necessary steps toward membership and get help with your research questions. For more information and to schedule an appointment please call (859) 962-4070. Virtual appointments are provided through a Microsoft Teams meeting. An email address is required to set up the appointment. Also, if you are interested in joining the DAR, Janet Kinney, Regent of the Rebecca Bryan Boone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will present an informative virtual session on the DAR, the steps towards membership, and a few tips for documenting your Revolutionary War ancestors. This informative virtual session will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6 PM. Visit our events page to find out more information about the program and to register.

A popular resource for family historians is Ancestry Library Edition. Normally, this database is only available inside the library, but free at-home access has been extended to March 31, 2021. To log in to the database from home visit our Research Tools page, click on Ancestry Library Edition, and enter your KCPL card number.

You may have seen our online programs via Facebook called Local History and Genealogy Live.  In January Kate McKenzie presented 5 lesser-known websites for genealogy research, and Cierra Earl presented a few tips for getting started on your family history New Year’s resolution. In February we’ll explore researching local marriage records, and African-American genealogy resources. Visit our Local History and Genealogy playlist to re-watch all our videos on Facebook.

New!  Starting in February, we’ll broadcast programs on Youtube. Our Fun with Family History program series will cover a variety of genealogy related topics. On Friday, February 5th, 2021 at 2 PM, Kate McKenzie will present her top 5 search strategies that may be helpful for genealogy research. On Friday, March 5th at 2 PM, Cierra Earl will show you how to create a peek-a-boo family tree game designed for kids.  In March we will also add a Local History of NKY program series. This series will start on Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2 PM, with a presentation by Kate McKenzie on exploring our Cincinnati Reds history through photographs from our Faces and Places database.

If you haven’t signed up yet, we highly encourage you to participate in the Winter Reading Challenge. In order to participate and sign-up you need to visit kentonlibrary.beanstack.org. As you participate in the challenge you can earn raffle tickets for a chance to win a Joseph Beth Gift Card. To earn additional raffle tickets you can complete specific activity badges. We highly recommend completing the activity badge “read a book by a local author”. If you need a recommendation, take a look at our list of Northern Kentucky writers and their works available in our collection. The Winter Reading Challenge ends February 28, 2021.

If you have any questions about registering for appointments or attending programs, please call us at (859) 962-4070. If you have a genealogy or local history question you can reach us via email at history@kentonlibrary.org.

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