Learn More About Local History and Genealogy This Spring

Spring has arrived, and it's time to dig into your gardens and the roots of your family tree! This April is the return of the popular Local History and Genealogy Seminar Series. On Thursday nights in April at 6 PM EST, join us for a Zoom presentation about popular local history and genealogy topics! Registration is required, and you will need to register for each event to receive the Zoom invitation. If you have questions or need help registering call (859) 962-4070 or email history@kentonlibrary.org. All programs are free and open to the public. Space is limited. 

The Births and Deaths of the Records of Birth and Death in Kentucky, Vital Record Keeping 1852-1910

  • Rusty Heckaman, Research Room Supervisor at Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA)
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 @ 6 PM EST via Zoom
  • Watch The Recording on YouTube

It is easy to assume that everyone has a birth certificate in our modern age of information. It is also easy to apply this assumption to vital records beyond just those of birth, such as marriage or death. While vital records are so ubiquitous to have acquired status as an assumed reality today, they are a relatively modern development. Reviewing their history will highlight the years in which vital records were kept in Kentucky, the extent to which they were recorded, and why, while also illustrating other potential sources for records outside of those legislated by the state. The records are a unique challenge and frustration to many who embark upon the search with the assumption about the ever-present existence of certificates for birth or death.  But when approached with the right context and understanding they are a vital source for genealogical researchers. Presentation by Rusty Heckaman, Research Room Supervisor at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Covington Uncovered: Uncover Your House’s History with Resources at Your Fingertips

Join Heather Churchman of Covington Uncovered as she presents an architectural case study, walking participants through library historical resources by researching an old house in Covington. Heather Churchman is an Ohio native, 10+ year Covington resident, professional communications manager, and local architectural history fanatic.     

Deciphering Old German Documents--Tips and Tricks for Easier Translation

Learn about the many types of handwriting and typefaces often encountered by genealogists. Join Abby Carney, Outreach Programmer to learn tips and tricks for reading German documents!

Looking for those Elusive German-Speaking Ancestors in Europe? Have you Tried Matricula?

  • Dave Schroeder, Library Director, Kenton County Public Library
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 6 PM EST via Zoom
  • Watch the Recording Here

Matricula is a free online database of German Language Catholic Church Records (baptismal, marriage and burial records) from dioceses and parishes primarily in Germany and the German speaking areas of Austria, Luxembourg, Poland, Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina.  Join Library Director Dave Schroeder in exploring this extremely valuable resource. 

You can find all of our upcoming Local History and Genealogy events at www.kentonlibrary.org/events.