While it may seem odd to
recommend a research location for Catholic families in Kentucky that is
located in another state, in this case, based on our own experience,
we're glad to do so. If you are researching Catholic families in
Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it's worth a trip to
the St. Mary's County, Maryland Historical Society. Many of the
Catholic families that settled in Kentucky during this period came from
St. Mary's County, and the collection of research materials at their
historical society is top notch.
On our 2009 visit, we also
found the librarian in their research center to be extremely helpful and
highly knowledgeable. (She also referred us to a nearby crab
restaurant that was excellent!). They are located in Leonardtown,
MD, and their website is
Please note that the hours of
their research center are limited; a call ahead to ensure they are open
is always a good idea.
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