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The KYGenWeb Project is very proud to announce the latest addition to our
"Special Collections" of research references for those with Kentucky roots,
the Kentucky Vital Records Project.
What began as a "dream" of 3 of us involved with the KYGenWeb Project and
the KYGenWeb Archives, a centralized collection of Kentucky birth, marriage
and death records, is now available in the first stages for Kentucky
researchers. Currently, the browsable index lists all of the deaths in the
KY Death Index (1911-1999).
We are in the process of adding digital images and transcriptions of actual
death certificates. These digital images and transcriptions will be linked
to the browsable index as they are added to the collection. Records for
this project will be a combination of researcher-contributed records and a
coordinated extraction program so we can get them up as quickly as possible.
We will begin adding birth records about 15 April 2004 and marriage records
about 1 June 2004. As these records are added, they will also be linked to
the index. (NOTE: Birth records will only be added for persons born before
the year 1854, unless proof of death is provided. We want to ensure that
the privacy and safety of living individuals is not compromised.)
The browsable index will be a great help to KY researchers by itself, as
you'll be able to search for those "creative" spellings that all of us have
been blessed (or cursed) with. Tens of thousands of corrections have
already been made to the original index. Corrections from site visitors are
encouraged. As corrected or additional information is received on any of
the records, it will be incorporated into the index for the benefit of
future site visitors. In addition to the browsable index, be sure to check
out the site search engine, as it will pick up additional information in the
transcriptions (most importantly, parents' and spouse's names, if given).
We invite everyone to stop in and check out this newest addition. Our hope
is that you'll find some "treasures" here and that you'll then share your
collections so that others can find theirs too.
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