our ancestors were among the English and Irish Catholics who settled in Maryland --
and eventually moved westward, to Kentucky, and then to Indiana and Missouri,
principally. Catholic Families of Kentucky addresses the
history and genealogy of these Roman Catholic families who migrated to what was
then the American frontier.
Catholic Families of Kentucky consists of
two principal sources
1. Stella Bogner's "Kidwell Family notebook"
Nearly 20 years ago we came into possession of a wonderful notebook of Kidwell
reflecting research performed in the mid-1940s. The notebook had been in
our family, and finally came to us as the family historians. Stella Mulholland Bogner
("Aunt Stella"), of Daviess County, Indiana, was an avid Kidwell family historian and
genealogist for decades, and this represents a work in progress of hers that she
never completed. Finally we concluded that it was time to act.
We're happy to present this important Kidwell family information that she collected.
Read more about the
Kidwell Family Notebook.
included on the CD-ROM for Kidwell family researchers is a compilation of
appearances of the Kidwell surname in the 1850 Kentucky US Census.)
2. The Hon. Ben.
J. Webb's "The
Centenary of Catholicity in Kentucky"
, by the Hon. Ben. J. Webb.
594 pages, including index. If you have family who were involved in
the migration of Roman Catholics from Maryland to Kentucky and points north,
south, and west, The Centenary of Catholicity in Kentucky will at a very minimum provide background
information about the migration and the way Roman Catholics made their way
from Maryland to Kentucky and onward, and how Roman Catholics were treated in America in the early years.
Most people who descend from what has been
called the "Catholic Diaspora" find that Catholicity in Kentucky brings
them far more than that, however.
See more information about this republication of the classic
Catholicity in Kentucky.