Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 10, 2012

In Your View

ASHLAND — Where to climb your family tree

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 contains an amazing collection of print resources, records on microfiche, newspapers 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; Boyd County Historical Society records; the Arnold Hanner’s photograph collection; charcoal furnace records; 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.”

Amanda Gilmore, Community Relations  Coordinator, Boyd County Public Library

Bill Adkins strong defender of values

Never before have members of the middle class been so threatened by the policies of right-wing extremists motivated by greed and the desire for power. The congressional elections are our principal means of combatting this threat, and every vote is crucial to increase Democratic strength in the House of Representatives.

Bill Adkins, the Democratic candidate in the Fourth District, is a strong defender of democratic values and the middle class. He’ll oppose the Romney-Ryan plan to gut Medicare and Social Security to provide tax cuts to the wealthiest one percent of our society.

As a member of Congress, he will work for a fair tax system in which the wealthy pay their share. He wants to strengthen the middle class by improving job opportunities and education and to protect family farms and small businesses.

A vote for Adkins is a vote for the future of our country!

Ruby Layson, Frankfort

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