Genealogy & Local History

The Jessamine County Public Library’s special collection contains books, newspapers, and other records to help you research your family history and the history of Jessamine County.

For more information about what’s available in our special collection, please contact the Information Desk by phone at (859) 885-3523 or email.


America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

Available from NewsBank, America’s Obituaries and Death Notices collects records from more than 3,600 newspapers nationwide, making them available through one fully searchable database. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

Ancestry Library Edition 

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


Fold3 Library Edition

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



Search the Jessamine Journal from 2005 to the present or the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1983 to the present. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Local Newspapers

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).

If you are in the area, stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk to search our microfilm collection. If you are from out of town, you can request a copy of an obituary.  




Online Classes

Getting Started with Genealogy

In this video, you’ll learn how to define your research goals, gather family records, and interview family members.

Check out all the videos in our Genealogy Playlist on YouTube.

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. Use Libby to check out an access pass to Universal Class. You’ll find it under the Extras tab.



Cemetery records

Census records

Kentucky census index (1810, 1820, 1830, 1850, 1860)

Marriage record index

Jessamine County, Kentucky: Marriages, 1799-1899 

Obituary index

Jessamine County obituary index, 1887-1999. To look up entries online, visit our online obituary index.


 Microfilm Collection

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