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.


America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

Available from NewsBank, America’s Obituaries and Death Notices collects 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 

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


Fold3 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.



Search 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 publication dates of obituaries that appeared in the Jessamine Journal from 1887 to the present. Once you know the publication date, you can look up the obituary on microfilm (1887-2005) or on Newsbank (2005-present). If you are in the area, stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk to search our microfilm collection. If you are from out of town, you can request a copy of an obituary.  



In addition to in-person classes, we offer the following free online classes:

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy

Available through The Great Courses Library Collection. Create an account/sign in to RBdigital to checkout a renewable 7-day access pass to The Great Courses, then choose “Access.”

Genealogy 101

Available through Universal Class. Enter your library card number to create an account.



Cemetery records

Census records

Marriage record index

Obituary index


 Microfilm Collection

  • Kentucky Gazette 1787-1841
  • Jessamine Journal and Nicholasville News 1887-2005
  • Census (Jessamine County, 1810-1930)
  • Tax rolls, court order books, etc.