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Mason County Record Centers

Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
(Formerly "The Museum Center"; formerly "Mason County Museum")
215 Sutton Street
Maysville, Kentucky 41056
606.564.5865 Fax 606.564.4372

The Mason County Historical Society
319 West Third Street
Maysville, KY 41056-1016

Mason County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 266
Maysville KY 41056

National Underground Railroad Museum
c/o Jerry Gore
115 East Third Street
Maysville, Kentucky 41056
Telephone: Jerry Gore, Executive Director
(606) 564-6986
(606) 564-6063

OPEN Monday - Saturday; 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Kentucky's Public Record Centers

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
(502) 564-8300

Kentucky Historical Society
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Genealogical and Historical Societies

Bracken County Historical Society

Bracken County Historical Society
207 Madison Street
Brooksville, KY
Hours: Fridays 10:00 A, M. - 4 :00 P. M.; Saturdays 10:00 A. M. - Noon

Kentucky Genealogical Society

Kentucky Genealogical Society
(KGS meets at the new Kentucky History Center;
Collections are housed at Kentucky Historical Society)
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky Historical Society
100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Library Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday;
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Beginning Sunday, March 4th, the Kentucky Historical Society Library will be OPEN on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. The Library is closed state holidays and holiday weekends.

Special Collections Reading Room: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, and Friday. The Special Collections Reading Room is closed on Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays.

Filson Historical Society

Filson Historical Society
1310 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Phone: (502) 635-5083 Fax: (502) 635-5086
Library Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am. - 5 pm.; Saturday: 9 am. - 12 noon

The Filson Historical Society, Kentucky's oldest privately supported historical society, was named to honor Kentucky's first historian, John Filson.

John Fox, Jr. Library

John Fox, Jr. Library
Duncan Tavern Historical Center
323 High Street
Paris, Ky
Ky Society of NSDAR (606)987-1788
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 12 and 1 to 4
(Call ahead to avoid special closing for D.A.R. activities)

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Library

Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Library
1000 South Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40203
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (Eastern).
Patrons planning to travel to Louisville should phone ahead to verify that the library will be open on their selected dates.

Academic Research Centers

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0054
Special Collections Library Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. - noon; closed Sunday
At the University Libraries start page, look for manuscript collections, map collections, special collections, newspaper collections and oral history projects. Or go directly to collections of importance to genealogical researchers:

  • Deaths 1911-1992
  • Marriages 1973-1993
  • Divorces 1973-1993

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Repository for many early Kentucky Methodist records:
Kentucky Wesleyan College Library
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
270-926-3111 - 800-999-0592
Library Hours: Fall & Spring Semester: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday: 2:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Summer: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Regional and Private Libraries

Mason County Public Library

Mason County Public Library
Evelyn Cropper, Library Director
218 E. Third Street
Maysville, KY 41056

Library Hours: Monday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Knoedler Memorial Library

Knoedler Memorial Library
Karen Smithers, Librarian
315 Main Street
Augusta, KY 41002
Library Hours: Monday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Knoedler Library is devoted to genealogical research

Bracken County Public Library

Bracken County Public Library
Mary Lou Simons, Librarian
310 W. Miami Street
PO Box 305
Brooksville, KY 41004
(606) 735-3620 Fax (606) 735-3378
Library Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

Pendleton County Public Library

Pendleton County Public Library
228 Main Street
Falmouth, KY 41040-1223
859-654-8535 FAX: 859-654-8538
Ct: Harter, Janie

Robertson County Public Library

Robertson County Public Library Carol Mitchell, Librarian
East Walnut Street
Mount Olivet, KY 41064
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sundays - CLOSED

Portions of Robertson County (est. 1867) were annexed from Bracken County.

Campbell County Public Library

Campbell County Public Library
All library branches observe the following hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays

Cold Spring Branch
3920 Alexandria Pike
Cold Spring, KY 41076

Newport Branch
4th & Monmouth Newport, KY 41071

Philip N. Carrico Branch
1000 Highland Avenue
Fort Thomas, KY 41075

National Repositories and Research Centers

NARA Genealogy Resources

The National Archives and Records Administration
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

The National Archives Building is located on Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and Ninth Streets, NW. The research entrance to the building is on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Rotunda entrance, which includes the Exhibit Hall, is on Constitution Avenue.

Research Hours
Monday & Wednesday 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:45 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 8:45 am - 4:45 pm
Closed Sundays and Federal Holidays

NARA Genealogy page

NARA Order forms for military service and family history records.

NARA Atlanta Regional Center:

Atlanta (East Point)
NARA's Southeast Region
1557 St. Joseph Avenue
East Point, Georgia 30344-2593
Telephone: 404-763-7474
Fax: 404-763-7815 or 404-763-7967

  • Archival holdings from Federal agencies and courts in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
    Call 404-763-7383 for information
  • Records center holdings from Federal agencies and courts in the same states.
    Call 404-763-7474 for information
  • Microfilm holdings. Call 404-763-7477 for information

Chicago's Newberry Library

Newberry Library
Reference Section
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton
Chicago, IL 60610-3305
Phone: (312) 255-3506
Fax: (312) 255-3513 ATTN: Reference Section
Library hours:Tues.-Th. 10-5, Fri.-Sat. 9-5

National Genealogical Society

National Genealogical Society
4527 17th Street North, Arlington, VA 22207-2399
Tel. (703) 525-0050 or (800) 473-0060; Fax (703) 525-0052
Contact the Society about membership and access to the circulating collection.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The DAR Library
1776 D Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006-5392
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Saturday closed; Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Closed to the public for two weeks in late June and early July for NSDAR's annual Continental Congress (dates vary annually)

LDS Family History Centers

Salt Lake City Family History Library

LDS FamilySearch - Searchable Databases
Salt Lake City Family History Library
35 North West Temple, SLC, UT 84103
Information phone number: 801.240.2331
Hours are: Mon 7:30-6 pm, Tues-Sat 7:30-10 pm Closed Sun

The Family History Center in Salt Lake City, Utah houses the largest collection of genealogical materials in the world. Most materials can be ordered for viewing at a branch Family History Center. The index database is on-line and searchable at:

Branch Family History Center Libraries -  Locations in Kentucky

Military Record Centers

The Military Records and Research Branch (MRRB)

Kentucky's Archive of the Department of Military Affairs.

The Military Records and Research Branch (MRRB)
KY Department of Military Affairs
1121 Louisville Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
or call 502 564-4883
FAX 502 564-4437

PLEASE! include your mailing address and phone number in your email request.

Mason County Newspapers

Ledger-Independent Newspaper
Link to Website

Mason County Museums

The Albert Sidney Johnston House, C 1797, the 1803 birthplace of this famous Confederate general. His death at Shiloh on April 6, 1862 said to be the military turning point of the Civil War.

Paxton Inn - Since before 1810 it was the favorite meeting place for lawyers and citizens. James A. Paxton, his wife and four children lived next door in the Paxton House. Paxton was a lawyer and abolitionist. It was a station on the Underground Railroad with a hidden stairway between the first and second floor where runaway slaves were hidden until they could be safely transported across the Ohio River under the cover of darkness when owned by Mr. Paxton. By 1838, Willis Lee had taken over the successful tavern near the Courthouse. This museum is on the Underground Railroad Tours.

Mefford's Station - C 1787 was built using planks from the flatboat that carried his family down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh. It is the only known flatboat house still in existence built in part from a flatboat. Mr. and Mrs. Mefford and their 13 children lived in this log cabin after they settled here from Pittsburgh. Candles are dipped here during Frontier Christmas each year.

Simon Kenton Shrine - One of the original 119 log cabins. This museum honors the famous explorer who settled the area and spent 14 years of his life here.

Presbyterian Church, 1870 - Gothic Revival structure, sanctuary of pressed tin coverings on wall and ceiling. The cornerstone from the former church, built in 1844, was incorporated into the foundation.

Old Church Museum 1848 - The Methodist Episcopal Church South - This was the second church used by the congregation first formed in 1786. Prior to the Civil War, strong sentiments split the Methodists into M.E. Church North and M. E. Church South.

The Cane Brake - One of the original 119 log cabins of 1790. Now houses the Visitor's Center. Phone: 606-759-7411.

Harriet Beecher Stowe - Slavery to Freedom Museum - 1807 - The Colonel married Harriet Sellman in 1816, and here they raised six children. In the summer of 1833 Harriet Beecher Stowe visited the Marshall Key Home, as a guest of their daughter, Elizabeth, who was one of her students at the Western Female Institute in Cincinnati. While she was here she visited a slave auction on the Courthouse lawn and from this experience later wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Today this is a museum on the Underground Railroad Tours.

Historic Washington, Ky - Link to Website - Link to Description of Museums in Washington, Ky

Recommendations by the Kentucky Tourism Bureau
Sites of Genealogical Interest in Neighboring Counties

Cynthiana Harrison County Museum
CYNTHIANA - Bluegrass Details
Historical museum offering displays of items related to Cynthiana and Harrison County.
(859) 234-7179

Woodford Co. Historical Society Library and Museum
VERSAILLES - Bluegrass Details
The Woodford County Historical Society is located in beautiful, historic Versailles.
(859) 873-6786

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