Genealogy & Local History

Research Databases

America’s News

News and information from reliable news sources spanning the U.S., including The Jessamine Journal (2005-current issue) and Lexington Herald-Leader (1983-current issue). To log in from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Local Newspapers

Ancestry Library Edition 

A large genealogy database that includes census information, vital statistics, and historic records. Only available to patrons inside the library building.


Black Life in America

Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. Sources include the Lexington Herald-Leader (1983-current issue), and The Jessamine Journal (2005-current issue). To log in from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Black Life in America

Fold3 Library Edition

Provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. To log in from home, enter your library card number and PIN.


Heritage Hub

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you identify relatives and uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. To login from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Heritage Hub

Jessamine Journal Obituary Index

Search the obituary index for the publication dates of obituaries that appeared in The Jessamine Journal from 1887 to the present. Once you know the publication date, you can look up the obituary on microfilm (1887-2005) or on Newsbank (2005-present).

Stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk to search our microfilm collection. Or request a copy of an obituary.

Explore Local History

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Jessamine History Walks Podcast

Take a walk through Jessamine County history on these self-guided audio tours from the Jessamine County Public Library.

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Pandemic Stories Project

A community storytelling project reflecting the experiences of Jessamine County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.



  • Kentucky Gazette, 1787-1841
  • The Jessamine Journal and Nicholasville News, 1887-2005
  • Census (Jessamine County, 1810-1930)
  • Tax rolls, court order books, etc.

Online Genealogy Classes

Learn how to research your family history with these free online classes!

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

Available through The Great Courses Library Collection. To get started, sign up to Kanopy with your library card.

Genealogy 101

Available through Universal Class. Register to get started.