Monday, September 16, 2013

Hamilton County's Neighbors

The New History and Genealogy Department
Photo Credit: Kenton County Library
Used with permission
This Saturday, September 21st, the Hamilton County Genealogical Society will kick off the 2013-14 season. Librarian Elaine Kuhn of the Kenton County Library will discuss the wonderful materials that are available to Hamilton Co. researchers just across the river in Covington, Kentucky.

Many early Cincinnatians lived on both sides of the river in the 19th Century, especially those of German descent. The population of the time was quite fluid, looking for jobs, cheap housing and churches that made them feel more at home. Those with Catholic ancestors are particularly fortunate as many of the early births, deaths, baptisms and marriages are available on microfilm. In addition the library has many resources including City Directories, online resources, historical newspapers and pictures, and even an online index of patients who were hospitalized at the "old" St. Elizabeth hospital. (I've personally uncovered some real gems from that resource).

For more than a year, the Kenton County Library has been undergoing a major remodel. A new second floor addition section is completely devoted to History and Genealogy. You can park directly across from the library in a public parking garage. Just remember to bring your ticket to the library to be scanned for free parking. This program will begin at 11:00 AM. You may want to stay and take advantage of all the library has to offer. Hope to see you then.


You can read more about the renovations by clicking on this link to the Kenton County Library blog.

Submitted by Kathy Reed

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