Henderson County, Kentucky

Research Tips

  • When searching for that Grandmother and her name is SALLY, don't forget to look for Sarah. Or, NANCY, which is also Ann(e). Or, MARGARET, which is also Maggie or Peggy. Or MARTHA, which is also Mattie. Or MARY, which is also Polly
  • Can't find a will? Try the COURT ORDER RECORDS, they may list a month and year of the deceased, even if he only had a few possessions. Also, the INVENTORY and APPRAISAL BOOKS, they may list the sale of a small estate and maybe a wife or other relative. Sometimes that is where you will find a division of an estate, naming all children and or relatives.
  • Don't know the year to look for a death in the Court Records? Try the TAX RECORDS, if they only had a horse, they were taxed. Keep looking until they don't show up anymore. That should give you a good frame of time in which to look.
  Cemetery Laws Calculating Birthdates from Tombstones
  Cleaning a Gravestone pt 1 Common Name Practice
  Cleaning a Gravestone pt 2 Given Name Index
  Common Latin Inscriptions Immigrant Name Changes
  Gravestone Abbreviations Nicknames and Naming Traditions
  Gravestone Motifs Nicknames of the 1800s and 1900s
  Gravestone Reading Methods Why U Can't Find Your Ancestors
  Gravestone Rubbings  
  Pressure Washing Gravestones PHOTO PRESERVATION
  Removing Lichens Guidelines for Preservation
  Resetting Broken Markers History of Photographs, Types and Dating
  Shaving Cream... What's Right? What's Wrong? Protecting Your Photos

Straightening Early Gravestones

Types, Preservation and Restoration from About.com
  MORE information at Saving Graves  
  HANDWRITING AND SPELLING Colonial Diseases and Cures
  Deciphering Old Handwriting Epidemics
  Name and Word Spellings Old Time Disease Names
    Some Genealogical Terms
  Orphans and Apprentices  
  Types of Land Grants  


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