Jessica Vaughan has worked in the Local History and Genealogy department for the past three years. She has a B.A. in History from Northern Kentucky University. She loves working with the digital collection and plans to start graduate school in the fall in hopes to become a digital librarian. She is a native of Boone County and takes pride in educating others about the county’s history.
Did you know that the library has a whole section dedicated to Boone County and Local History? Did you know that you can access a majority of the local history collection online from the comfort of your own home? Technology is moving at a rapid speed and history is becoming widely digital. From the words of BCPL’s local historians, “People want what they want, when they want it!” Therefore, the local history department is dedicated to make the resources you want available to you without even having to drive to the library to see it.
Local History’s Digital Collection is an electronic database that holds many of our books, photographs, newspapers and videos, all viewable from our website. We even have our own Boone County Wikipedia, called The Chronicles of Boone County. If you want to learn more about Boone County towns, people, churches or genealogy in general, click on the Chronicles of Boone County on our webpage to discover your own family roots.
You can also check out the electronic family files to see if your family genealogy has been recorded. Over 900 files have been scanned and made available online for you to research without coming to the library to use. These documents consist of Boone County family genealogies, family photographs, family bibles, newspaper articles, and the list goes on. There are even tales that perhaps John Wilkes Booth is buried in Boone County nestled in the Booth family file. All you have to do is search our digital collection for the last name of the family you are looking for and all of the documents will be bundled inside the electronic file.
Historical photographs are a way for you to visually see history. Our digital collection is home to over 4,300 photographs that have been donated and digitized. You will discover history about Boone County through photographs that cannot be seen anywhere else but here. Some of our photograph collections include early town streetscapes (Burlington, Florence, Union, Petersburg, etc. from the early 1900s), the 1937 flood, the Petersburg Distillery (which was the largest in the nation at one time), excavations of mammoths at Big Bone, and many, many more. You can browse all the photographs by using the keyword “photographs” in our digital collection search toolbar. Or narrow it down by searching your home town and interests. Visit our Digital Collection by clicking here: http://www.bcpl.org/lhg/
The Boone County Recorder is the community newspaper that’s been in operation since 1875. Before now, if you wanted to see an old newspaper article you had to come to the library to view it on our microfilm machine. We have recently added the BCR to our digital collection beginning in 1875 up to 1925. The Walton Advertiser, another historical newspaper, is available digitally from 1916-1975. See how times have changed from 1875 by reading the first Boone County Recorder newspaper printed in Boone County.
Now that you are aware of all the great local history and genealogy resources available for you, start exploring your ancestors and Boone County history, because they are literally, right at your fingertips!