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Genealogy and History

The Lexington Public Library’s Digital Archives are intended to give open access to researchers and students to learn more about Fayette County and our rich history. This is not an exhaustive collection, though new material is continually being scanned and added. It is a very small fraction of the Library’s physical holdings, which are housed and available for reference in the Kentucky Room... more info

Selective finding aid to Lexington newspaper articles about significant people, places and events from 1787-2007.

The selective citations included in the Lexington Public Library’s Local History index appeared in various Lexington newspapers beginning with the Kentucky Gazette in 1787 through the Lexington Herald-Leader of December 31, 2007. The nucleus of the database index is a card file in the Kentucky Room developed by staff over a number of years. Not all newspapers for all years are indexed. We are currently involved in an effort to selectively index back issues of the... more info

Obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country.

Please note:  Ancestry has generously allowed us to make this resource availble to cardholders remotely while our buildings are closed to the public.  Remote access will be discontinued when normal operations resume.

Search billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.  Available only to customers inside Lexington Public Library locations.  Provided by the Kentucky Virtual Library.

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