Genealogy Collection

Overview:

We have a large genealogical collection (books and microfilm) which includes individual family files, local histories, census records, Kentucky death certificates, newspapers, and the E.E. Barton collection of Northern Kentucky families. We have one microfilm machine that allows users to save items to a flash drive. Printing from this machine is 10 cents per page. Researchers can print from our other microfilm machine for 25 cents per page.

E.E. Barton Family Papers:

The E.E. Barton Family Papers contain family history, some oral traditions, court case summaries, deeds, and listings of marriages for, primarily, Pendleton County and some of the surrounding area.

Pendleton Co. Marriage Index, 1799-1964

Marriage information can establish religious and congregation affiliation, and other details can include age and place of birth, occupation, residences, and parents’ names.

Bracken & Pendleton Co. Atlas, 1884

A collection of maps from these two counties. In addition to showing geographic features, many atlases feature political borders, religious statistics and financial statistics.

Local Newspapers:

  • The Falmouth Outlook – (beginning in 1907)
  • The Falmouth Independent (1877-1879 limited)
  • The Pendleton Reformer (limited)
  • The Falmouth Pendletonian (1881-1912 limited)
  • The Falmouth Democrat (1884-1895 limited)

Local Oral Histories:

A collection of seven recordings made in the summer of 1978 by the Kentucky Oral History Commission. These seven recordings, located on the computer in the genealogy room, contain family and community reminisces of Ambrose Fields, Earl Wallace, Nell Woolery, Elizabeth Bobb, and James Seman Rule. Each session is approximately 60 minutes in length.

  • Mr. Fields comments on some of his experiences as a county magistrate and county judge. Other topics include Pendleton Co. history, courthouse life, and family history.
  • Mr. Wallace tells when and how the sweet clover and fescue crops were brought into the county; he gives a brief history of Falmouth, recalls stories about the McCoy properties, and also mentions the Falmouth jail and churches.
  • Mrs. Woolery talks about the Bradford, Patton, Waller, and Chiles families from the post-Civil War era to the early 1900's and attitudes toward slaves after the Civil War.
  • Mrs. Bobb remembers the Greenwood School, recalls the O.W. Coles’ whiskey distillery and saloon, and mentions people paying taxes by working on road repair. Other topics include housekeeping, farm life, school consolidation, transportation, and local businesses.
  • Mr. Rule remembers Pendleton Co. individuals and businesses, politics in Falmouth, honey and dairy farming. He recalls circuses coming to Falmouth, tobacco warehouses that used to be there, describes the streets, sidewalks, first sewers, and sewer plant for Falmouth. He also talks about the railroad, Falmouth Fair, and Court Day.

Ancestry.com library edition:

  • This service provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s.

Heritage Books Archives: (located on the computer in the genealogy room)

  • Marriage Records of the City of Fredericksburg & the County of Stafford, Virginia, 1851-1900; edited by Therese A. Fisher
  • Marriage Records of the City of Fredericksburg & of Orange, Spotsylvania, & Stafford Counties, Virginia, 1772-1850; edited by Therese A. Fisher
  • Marriages in the New River Valley, Virginia: Montgomery, Floyd, Pulaski, and Giles Counties; edited by Therese A. Fisher
  • Marriages in Virginia: Spotsylvania County 1851-1900 & Orange County 1851-1867; edited by Therese A. Fisher
  • Historical Sketch of Bruton Church, Williamsburg, Virginia by Rev. W.A. R. Goodwin
  • Cedar Grove Cemetery Portsmouth, Virginia Plot Book 1 & Plot Book 2 by Bettie Jo Matthews
  • Annals of Henrico Parish Diocese of Virginia & Especially of St. John’s Church, The Present Mother Church of the Parish, 1611-1881 by Lewis Burton, Rector of St. John’s Church
  • The Parish Register, Register of Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, Virginia from 1680-1787; Published by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia
  • Old King William Homes & Families: An Account of Some of the Old Homesteads & Families of King William County, Virginia, From its Earliest Settlement by Peyton Neale Clarke
  • Virginia County Records: Williamsburg Wills Being Transcriptions from the Original Files at the Chancery Court of Williamsburg; edited by William Armstrong Crozier

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