What's New at the Mason County KYGenWeb

Historical and Genealogical Happenings In and Around
Mason County

FROM THE KENTUCKY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY: "This Year's Kentucky Genealogical Society Annual Seminar promises to be an outstanding opportunity for researchers at all levels of experience and interest. The presenter, nationally respected "Legal Genealogist" Judy Russell, will present four sessions that are sure to answer questions and solve research problems for many of us."

The seminar will be held on August 6, 2016.

For details and registration information, please click this LINK to view the seminar flyer.

Martha Richards, researcher from Washington State, has contributed articles and announcements she found while researching in Ohio newspapers. One concerns an 1823 murder in Mason County. Principal parties mentioned are Richard FOWKE, Henry BALDWIN, and Charles MITCHELL. The latest contribution concerns the accidental death of William SUTHERLAND in 1826. Click HERE to see the full context of the article. Thanks to Martha for these contributions.

Bev Graver has again answered the request for references to individuals with Mason County roots found in old out-of-area newspapers and county history books. A big "thank you" to Bev for abstracting and contributing three old obituaries that could help break through a researcher's brick wall. Click HERE to view them.

These small gleanings from obscure sources can help break down a brick wall for a fellow researcher. If your research in old books or newspapers for any state and county reveals a family background in Mason County, please consider transcribing and submitting it to help me develop the Mason County Connections page on this website.

Brian Nichols, web manager of Genealogy Inc., would like you to be aware of a change in the web addresses for his sites. Follow these links to Brian's general Kentucky pages:

Kentucky Archives Historical & Genealogical Societies List with links
Kentucky State, County & City Government Website Links
Kentucky Antique Maps & Atlases with links

The following links will take you to Brian's websites specific to Bracken and Mason counties:

Bracken County, KY Genealogy Facts with links
Mason County, KY Genealogy Facts with links

For your convenience, please make note of the new web addresses.

A genealogist's dream! The 1940 U.S. Census has been released and is on-line FREE at the National Archives website. Note that these images are currently browseable only. Rest assured that volunteers around the country are working hard to build an index database. In the meantime, here are some ideas for finding your family: 1) Locate them in the indexed 1930 census and make a note of the location and enumeration district. In many cases, families did not relocate between 1930 and 1940. The enumeration districts did not vary much, it will narrow the browsing time. 2) Even if your family moved, it may be possible to find them in another source for 1940, such as a community telephone directory. From that, you may be able to narrow their location to a few enumeration districts, which will reduce your browsing time. That's how I found my missing uncle!

Attention webmasters of family association websites and genealogy websites devoted to serious research in specific Mason County surname(s). Contact me if you would like to add a link to your website on the Mason County KYGenWeb Surname Registry page. Visit the Mason County Surname Registry page to review the general rules for submitting a link.

Old KY records surface in Fayette County! The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a group of previously unknown records from the late 1700s to the 1900s have been found in Fayette County. The records, consisting of Kentucky land, census and marriages are being prepared for public inspection. According to the article, the old records are so fragile that working copies must be created for use. The original records will not be made available. They are currently being microfilmed at KDLA in Frankfort and should be available in a few weeks. Among the records is a document called the 'Doomsday Book,' that includes the names of many of the commonwealth's earliest settlers, while Kentucky was still part of Virginia. The records promise to become a critical source for researchers whose ancestors arrived in Kentucky before counties were well established and their records organized.

Read the full article at The Lexington Herald-Leader.

Last Updated
Tuesday, 17-May-2016 16:25:19 EDT
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