Knowing where you come from will help you to find where you are going. This is a popular saying among those who enjoy delving into history. The Logan County Genealogical Society agrees with this saying and is willing to help those who want to search their history. The society has many documents of the past for those who have relatives with a rich history in Logan County.
One of the most recent projects the society is working on involves linking Logan Countians to one another. Next year Logan County will be celebrating its 225th birthday, along with the state of Kentucky. A celebration will be held Sept. 1, 2017, in Logan County which will include the society and its genealogy project.
“We are now taking applications for $15 each from citizens who can prove they have kin that lived in Logan County by 1820,” said long-serving historian Judy Lyne. Lyne has been a volunteer at the Logan County Genealogical Society for decades. Lyne said the society will help applicants search their local descendents and point them in the direction they need to go to find out the history of their Logan County lineage.
“We did a little searching already on Judge Executive Logan Chick and found out he was related to Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper,” said Lyne. “They are fifth cousins.”
Lyne said if your family has deep roots in Logan County, it’s very possible you are related to a lot of people in the community that you didn’t know you were.
Those who apply for the project will receive a certificate, as well as access to an eBook listing the names of Logan County families and their descendents. You will also be able to have your photograph taken on Sept. 1, 2017, with members of your current genealogy.
“This is a really interesting project,” said Lyne. “People wonder where they came from and who they are related to.”
After a few generations families tend to loose sight of their descendents. Who came before you? These past people of your life are a direct result of a person’s existence. Finding out who they were and what they did, and looking at their lives, can bring about a sense of belonging.
You can pick up an application at the Logan County Archives building located in the old jail beside the county’s PVA office on West 4th Street in Russellville.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.