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Three Interesting Features: Maps, Newspapers and Images
Genealogy researchers interested in Kentucky kinfolk will find this site an invaluable resource. Perusing the site, I used Maps, Newspapers, and Books to explore family history.
Newspapers: The Kentucky Gazette, Lexington Kentucky, April 30, 1840
These clippings provide insight into the concerns of Kentuckians in 1840, and their world view. Patent medicines and equipment is listed for sale alongside human beings. Rewards notices are placed for runaway slaves. This harsh juxtaposition underscores the brutal reality of life in the slave south in this period.
Books about Daniel Boone, a leading pioneer in the settlement of Kentucky and an important figure in the commonwealth’s history, written during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Knowing what sort of heroes were admired and the way in which they were framed during this period offers insights into the worldview of Kentuckians at this time.
Life and Adventures of Daniel Boone: The First Settler of Kentucky by Timothy Flint 1868
The Life of Boone also, The Life and Times of Col. Daniel Boone, Hunter, Solider, and Pioneer by Edward S. Ellis, 1884