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Historical KY State Maps

A GREAT resource for early maps of Kentucky can be found on the Kentucky Land Office web site. The maps cover not only the boundaries and various regions of the state but also the waterways. Animated county maps of different sections of the state can also be found showing the boundary changes as new counties were created. Read more about Historical KY State Maps

Teachers' Resources

If you are an educator or homeschooler in Madison County and would like to receive a Teacher's Resource Kit for The Big Read, use this form to contact Annie Phillips or call her at (256) 532-5993. Our teacher's resource kit contains the same materials as the Book Club cit (see above) plus a Teacher's Guide containing lesson plan ideas, essay topics, project ideas, and handouts. You can also download the Teacher's Guide online in PDF format from the NEA's main site. Read more about Teachers' Resources

Proclamation: Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee

Whereas, Helen P. Lee served as the Branch Manager of the Madison Public Library from June 30, 2003 until her death on January 16, 2008; and

Whereas, Helen P. Lee selected outstanding materials and collections and planned and implemented many programs and services for the Madison community through her leadership and management of the Madison Public Library; and Read more about Proclamation: Helen P. Lee Day

Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Helen P. Lee

Helen P. Lee, who highly valued books and the knowledge and enjoyment they offer, served as the Branch Manager for the Madison Public Library from June 30, 2003 until her death on January 16, 2008.

Her love for the Madison Public Library was reflected daily in the well-utilized services to the Madison community. All were made possible through Helen’s outstanding and progressive leadership. Read more about Helen P. Lee Memorial Endowment

Workhouses in the United Kingdom

Researchers who have been collecting genealogy for quite a while, probably have reached the point where records in the United Kingdom are being sought. For many, the trail could lead them to looking for clues in workhouse records. Available on the Internet is a web site with over 2,000 pages of information including maps, photos even a timeline dealing with workhouses. Read more about Workhouses in the United Kingdom

DNA Ancestry

With the addition of DNA testing becoming more widely and actively used by genealogists, many researchers find themselves wanting to know more about testing, and, signing up to be tested. Since there are now more online web sites that offer DNA testing service than there were 6 or 8 years ago, the following list of links are some of the more well known that answer questions and perform the testing for applicants. Fees for each vary, so shop around before deciding.

Loyalist Ancestors

Quoting by permission from the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada website:

"The Mission and Objectives of the UELAC direct that we work to preserve and promote Canadian history, with a particular focus on the Loyalist timefame of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Loyalist heritage takes many forms from actual buildings of the time to family histories, genealogies, stories, military records, monuments, artifacts, correspondence and so much more.

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 11

LDS Family History Centers: While the Allen County Library system in Fort Wayne is now considered the largest genealogical library in the nation, the Family History LibraryTM of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City is a close second. Of greatest interest to genealogists are the LDS Family History Centers (FHC). Worldwide, there are over 3,000 LDS facilities and while they are each unique in character and offerings, resources are available in each to assist genealogists in their research. Read more about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 11

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 10

Cherokee Genealogical Research (part 2): Be sure to keep an open mind when researching Cherokee ancestry. There were many instances when both an Indian name and a French or English name were used for the same individual. Record everything found on the surname(s) of interest. The Cherokees adopted into the tribe, members of other Indian nations (including Osage, Delaware, and Shawnee). Besides intermarriage with European or American merchants, missionaries, or army personnel, former Negro slaves of the Cherokees became Freedmen citizens of the tribe after the Civil War. Read more about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 10

Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 9

Cherokee Genealogical Research (part 1): Today, the Cherokees are the second most numerous American Indian people (only the Navajo tribe is larger). Many Americans believe themselves to have Cherokee ancestry, but tribal membership is solely the responsibility of the three recognized tribal governments (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma; United Keetoowah Band, and the Eastern Band of North Carolina). It has been said that there are three types of Cherokees: “Cherokees,” “Wannabees,” and “Outtalucks.” Also, Cherokee “Princesses” did not exist. Read more about Ancestor Searching Newsletter, Volume 2, # 9

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