Genealogy & Local History


The Jessamine County Public Library’s special collection contains books, newspapers, and other records to help you research your family history and the history of Jessamine County. For more information about what’s available in our special collection, please contact the Information Desk by phone at (859) 885-3523 or email.

Databases | Books | Microfilm | Obituary Index | Obituary Requests | Websites



America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

Newsbank logoCollects records from more than 3,600 newspapers nationwide, making them available through one fully searchable database. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.

Ancestry Library Edition 

Ancestry library edition logo A large genealogy database that includes census information, vital statistics, and historic records. Available only to customers inside the library.


Family Search logoLook for vital records, genealogies, books, and more. If you want to save copies of records or create a family tree, you will need to create a free account.

Fold3 Library Edition

Fold3 logoFold3 Library Edition provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Available only to customers inside the library.


Newsbank logoSearch the Jessamine Journal from 2005 to the present or the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1983 to the present. If you are using the database from home, enter your library card number as your password.


Obituary Index

Search the obituary index for the Jessamine Journal from 1887 to the present. The Jessamine County Public Library owns microfilm of the Jessamine Journal and Nicholasville News from 1887-2005. If you are in the area, stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk to search our microfilm collection. For obituaries from 2005 to the present, use the link for Newsbank above. Or, if you are from out of town, you can request a copy of an obituary.  

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Cemetery records

Census records

Marriage record index


Obituary index

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 Microfilm Collection

  • Kentucky Gazette 1787-1841 (Or search the digitized version on the Kentucky Digital Library)
  • Jessamine Journal and Nicholasville News 1887-2005
  • Census (Jessamine County, 1810-1930)
  • Tax rolls, court order books, etc.

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