Introduction to Genealogy
Be prepared for an exciting journey into the past to discover your ancestral heritage. Merriam-Webster defines Genealogy as “the history of a particular family showing how the different members of the family are related to each other”; and is better known as the history of a family. However, genealogy does not need to be limited to the collection of records and data you will find; it can also include stories you gather and pictures you collect along the way. The best family histories are the ones that include the stories of your ancestors and the times in which they lived. You are the one that can bring that alive for the future generations of your family.
We offer patrons who are conducting genealogical research an excellent combination of resources unique to Scott County, Kentucky and its people. We are committed to promoting and supporting researchers in the areas of genealogy and local history by collecting items of interest to their studies. The genealogy collection focus is on Scott County, Kentucky families. This collection may include, but is not limited to, biographical works, atlases, maps, pedigrees, family histories, oral histories on Scott County family genealogies, census records, vital records, cemetery records, newspaper records, family and personal papers, and family files. We also offer several online genealogy resources such as databases, forms, websites etc.
If you need more personal instruction we offer “Find Your Roots”, a partnership with the Scott County Genealogical Society. A volunteer of the Society is available every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. every month except December. They can help you get started on your journey or break through those ‘brick walls’ in your research. Feel free to ask an attendant at the Information Desk for more assistance.