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Ruth Ellen Maness

With Sadness, I Bid Farewell to My Dear Friend, Ruth Ellen Maness

It is my privilege and honor to call Ruth a friend. She has been my friend for many years. I have watched her befriend and mentor so many others as well. I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it was at the Family History Library, where she spent so many hours, weeks, months, and years. Even after retirement she continued to volunteer there, to help patrons with their research questions. Ruth was a huge support for and encouragement to us as we contemplated holding that first Expo... Read More →

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.

Why is Genealogy Research in Kentucky such a Challenge?

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Kentucky is a difficult place to trace a family tree–this state is the daughter of Virginia and thus you would think the genealogy sources are endless. There is less record loss than Virginia has suffered. The Colonial period when first settlement occurred was shorter and probably less traumatic, even though Indian massacres and military raids were also fewer in number than expected. So why is genealogy research in Kentucky such a challenge? One reason, in my opinion,... Read More →