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Genealogy Tea & Sympathy: Researching Eastern Kentucky Families


Is a Kentucky Ancestor eluding you? Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who understands! Join our group discussion and bring your genealogy challenges to unlock the past. If you have questions about which source to use next, what terms like “proof standard” mean, or even how to involve the next generation in your family’s history, KHS can help.

Our virtual meet-up gathers the fifth Saturday of the month, and we welcome all research levels – let’s learn from each other’s experiences! Even if we can’t offer a solution, we promise to share it all over a cup of tea, with plenty of sympathy.

The topic for January is Researching Eastern Kentucky Families. Regional research – future dates for 2021 will cover Northern, Western and Central Kentucky research.

For the January Tea and Sympathy we welcome special guests:

  • Sharyn Mitchell has served as the Research Services Specialist in Hutchins Library Special Collections & Archives at Berea College since 2012 as well as the founder and former President of the African American Genealogy Group of Kentucky. Mitchell has spent decades researching the genealogies and stories of Kentucky families.
  • Linda McCauley is a local Kentucky researcher from the Mt. Vernon area who has been documenting her family tree since 2001. As a way to share her progress, she has been blogging about the results since 2009 at Documenting the Details. Linda previously served as the Vice President of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, and on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • Patty Reeves, local history and genealogy room director at the Johnson County Public Library. Lifelong genealogist and DAR member.

This virtual edition of Genealogy Tea & Sympathy is free for all to attend. Please preregister by calling the KHS Ref Desk at 502.782.8080 or email khsrefdesk@ky.gov. Once registration is complete, you will receive a Zoom meeting invitation for the event.


January 30
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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