Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 7, 2013

In Your View

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ASHLAND — Library great for genealogists

One of the most popular places at Boyd County Public Library is the genealogy department. With its knowledgeable staff and terrific resources, the department is a busy place seven days a week.

But October has special meaning to genealogists and provides a great reason to check out a local treasure you might have missed up to this point.

October is designated in many states, including Kentucky, as Family History Month. That makes it the perfect time to start looking up your family’s rich past.  The Minnie C. Winder room at the Main Branch on Central Avenue contains an amazing collection of print resources, photograph collections, state, newspapers and local, state and federal records on microfilm, and free access to databases.

Here’s just a sampling of the rich resources available to everyone at BCPL: Kentucky Census data from 1810 to 1940; Kentucky birth, marriage and death records; Ohio death records; The (Ashland) Independent from 1922 to present; the most complete collection of eastern Kentucky newspapers outside of Lexington; Boyd County Historical Society records; the Arnold Hanner’s photograph collection; charcoal furnace records; the most complete collection of Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County yearbooks in the county (including some junior and elementary schools); and free access to Ancestry.com and other genealogy databases.

For more information on all the genealogy resources at Boyd County Public Library, call (606) 329-0518, ext. 1500.

If you have been curious about your family tree, but just weren’t sure where to begin, take the first step by going to the library, and we will help with all the rest.

When Congress passed a resolution in 2001 establishing Family History Month, Sen. Orrin Hatch said, “By searching for our roots, we come closer together as a human family.”

Jim Kettel, Genealogy supervisor, Boyd County Public Library

Backpacks help many students

This letter is to acknowledge the work of the Ashland Alliance Young Professionals Association through the facilitation of the Backpack Program.

For those not familiar with the program, it is an initiative to support school-aged children throughout Boyd and Greenup counties by supplying needed clothing and shoes along with school supplies at the beginning of the school year for children that otherwise would not have the basic items to be successful in school.

In Greenup County Schools, our Family Resource/Youth Service Centers help identify children who could benefit from the program’s support. The Greenup County School District alone had over 160 students benefit from the Backpack Program.

 It is very refreshing to see a united effort by a group of local young professional leaders reaching out to others less fortunate.

On behalf of all area children, thank you for your work, compassion and commitment to support kids in our area.

Steve A. Hall, Superintendent,  Greenup County Schools

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