"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press - 9 May 2002

Kentucky Resources

Do you have ancestors who are from Kentucky? I sure do and I'm always looking for new and unique resources to help me with this long-distance research.

My g-g-g-grandmother was Julianna H.\Julia Ann H. Whitledge Clark (b. 1819, KY - d. 1847, Shelby Co., KY) and shortly after her death, her husband, John A. Clark (b. 1814, Shelby Co., KY) came to Houston, Harris County, Texas.

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has a wealth of information and numerous databases available on their website at: http://catalog.kyhistory.org/. Included is: (1) a card catalog of the society's holdings, (2) the Kentucky Encyclopedia On-Line (similar to the Handbook of Texas On-line http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/), (3) Cemetery Records Database, and much more.

Kentucky Cemetery Preservation

The Kentucky Cemetery Records Project of the KHS has been working for the last 25-years to locate and transcribe thousands of graves throughout the State of Kentucky. As of February 2002, the database contains 178,983 grave records from 3,277 cemeteries. This database is available for free on-line searches on the KHS website.

If you would like more information on the Kentucky Cemetery Project or if you would like to complete a survey for cemeteries not listed, or wish to update listed cemeteries, contact the KHS by writing: 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601 or e-mail refdesk@mail.state.ky.us, or telephone: 502/564-1792, extension 4460.

Like the Texas Historic Cemetery project of the Texas Historical Commission <http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ the "Task Force on Preservation on Preservation of Kentucky Cemeteries" and taking action and recommending to the Kentucky General Assembly that it should be a felony crime to purposely dig up a grave without authorization. Additionally, the task force is asking lawmakers to allow descendants and researchers specific rights of access to cemeteries on private property.

The "Kentucky Encyclopedia On-Line" is available by subscription only to: public schools, colleges & universities, public libraries, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses. They do not offer subscriptions to private individuals. The subscription fee for a non-profit organization or public library is: $25 per year.

KHS Library Reference Services

The Library staff will search indexed sources for ONE ANCESTOR RECORD for a non-refundable processing fee of $12.00 for out-of-state patrons. Please submit payment (check or money order only), a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the completed form available on their website at: http://www.kyhistory.org/Research/Out_State_Form.htm to the KHS address above. They will not accept telephone or e-mail research requests.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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