Library hosting classes, guest speakers in celebration of ‘Family History Month’

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ASHLAND, Ky. — Do you have any famous ancestors? Did anyone in your family tree fight in the Civil or even Revolutionary War? What did Ashland look like 80 or 100 years ago? The answers to questions such as these can sometimes be hard to find if you don’t know where to look, but Boyd County Public Library is hoping to make uncovering your past simpler and more fun with a month of programming in celebration of National Family History Month.

All throughout October, the library will offer free classes on tracing your family roots and making a family tree using census data, Kentucky court records, and online resources such as

Looking for military history? Special events will cover everything from local Civil War soldiers to Fold3 (a new comprehensive military records database) and how to find ancestors who fought during the American Revolution.

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A great way to get to know your own past is to look into the history of where you live. The library genealogy department will watch history come alive as they screen vintage movies of Ashland straight from the reels of their collection. History will come alive once more as a portrayal of Abigail Adams visits the library to talk about one of the founding women of our country- in character!

Finally, take home a bit of history with the Genealogy Annual Book Sale happening Oct. 19-24 at the main branch. Items that don’t find a home in our collection are given another chance at the book sale. Find your historic treasure without breaking the bank!

For full event listings and details please visit or contact Jim Kettel at or 606-329-0518 ex. 1510.