Kentucky derives its name from “Kaintuckee”, which the Cherokee called all land south of the Ohio River. With its tobacco farms and beautiful race horses, Kentucky is divided into three main regions: Western, Central and Eastern Kentucky. Early explorers settled in Eastern Kentucky, a part of Appalachia, coming from Virginia, North and South Carolina. Many of the earliest explorers and settlers were of Scots-Irish descent, a people known for their independent spirits and restless nature, coming from Pennsylvania into the Shenandoah Valley before entering Kentucky territory.
Looking to find those elusive Bluegrass State ancestors? The Kentucky Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of Kentucky history events, tips on Kentucky research strategy, outline of major immigrant groups, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general Kentucky resources. This handy 7 page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.