Ancestry is free to use from home now through March 31st, 2021! Ancestry.com is one of the world’s largest history resources and operates a network of genealogical and historical records all in one place. You can search for your family, find pictures of headstones, link to other people’s family trees, and more.
To access Ancestry from home, go to the Library’s website, www.meadereads.org, and click either the ‘Homework/Research’ tab or the ‘Reference & Research’ tab. From there, select either ‘KYVL’ or “Ky Virtual
Library’. That will take you to the Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) site. Any resident of Meade County can use KYVL, and it has dozens of databases for you explore, one of which is Ancestry. To get there, click ‘Databases’ in the orange ribbon at the top of the page. In the drop-down menu, select ‘Ancestry Library Edition’. Then click the large ‘Ancestry Library Edition’ button on the new page. You will be asked to enter a username and password, which you can get by calling the Meade County Public Library at 270-422-2094.
Also on Library’s website under the ‘Genealogy’ tab are decades of older Meade county newspapers. Search for names and events, then sort by date or publication (some dates may be unavailable). There is a wealth of local history just a few clicks away. To see the newspapers, go to the ‘Genealogy’ tab on the MCPL website and click the ‘MC Messenger’ link.
Another helpful link is ‘Local Guides and Cemeteries’. This will take you to a website called Find a Grave where you can search for anyone and find a photograph of the grave in question. This is a user generated site, meaning that informatio is uploaded by other researchers. Not every grave will be listed, and some may not have the location or photograph, but it’ll help you get closer to
finding many people.
All resources are free and available to all Meade County residents. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can call the Meade County Public Library at 270-422-2094 and we’ll be happy to help.