Aaaaaand their off! We have added two more milestones to the first (Franklin) of 120 counties of our microfilm collection. We started this project in July and have continued to review film, create catalog records and rehouse boxes throughout the summer. We are not sure we are going to make our STRETCH goal of 15,000 rolls of microfilm in 12 months but we will definitely be on our way!
You might well ask, why so excited? Well, we are librarians and we do get excited about putting records into the catalog where people all over the world can see them. Of course, what really excites us is when people from all over the world come into the library to use those collections they found in our online catalog.
So what do our researchers gain by this project, other than 15,000 catalog records? Well, let me tell you! Access to our collections like you have never had it before! We are cataloging the entire contents of each roll so that a researcher can search the catalog for a county record type (like Jefferson county marriage records) or for a particular manuscript collection that has local or regional importance (the Hummel’s store ledger from 1851-1860 from Jeffersontown, Ky.).
Jefferson County, in particular, contributed some real gems for local historians and genealogists. Our collection includes many early church records for the Louisville area from a variety of denominations, from Catholic to Episcopal to Evangelical. Researchers find the early church records helpful as many predate the existence of governmental court records and therefore provide invaluable information to family historians trying to find information on early Kentucky settlers.
This project is an integral part of our KHS strategic plan to make the resources at KHS available through the online catalog, thus making the catalog an important tool for people planning a visit to KHS.
We’ve got to get back to work, Madison county is next! Stay tuned for periodic updates!
Your Reference Team