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Kidwell Family Notebook

Compiled by Stella Mulholland Bogner

Catholic Families in Kentucky and Indiana

Kidwell Genealogy:  Stella Bogner's "Kidwell Family notebook"  Kidwell notebooks first publication

For several years we tried to decide how best to make a wonderful notebook of genealogy dating from the mid-1940s that has been passed along in our family available to a wider audience.  Stella Mulholland Bogner, of Daviess County, Indiana, was an avid family historian and genealogist for decades, and this represents a work in progress of hers.

The bad news is that it is just that:  the notebook is a work in progress; a genealogist's notebook.  She obviously would not have considered it ready for publication, although there is evidence in it that publication was her objective.  There are 137 handwritten pages (her handwriting is very clear, fortunately) of descendants of Hezekiah Kidwell, originally of Maryland, and later of Virginia and Kentucky, and their connections with the principal Roman Catholic families of Maryland and Kentucky. 

A partial list of family names that dominate this compilation include Kidwell, Dant, Mattingly, Norris, Bowling, Brewer, Brothers, Brown, Carrico, Cissell, McAtee, Queen, Seal, Sinnott, Spalding, Wathen, and Wedding.  Any student of the Catholic migration will find all of them familiar.

We finally concluded that the best way to make her research available was to publish images of each page in the Kidwell notebook, and then to compile a complete index.  You can view the index we compiled of the Kidwell notebook. 

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The entire notebook, the index we compiled of it, and our compilation of Kidwells in the US Census for Kentucky for 1850, are all included on our download of this material.  The total page count is 171, it is in PDF format, and it is priced at $7.50.


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