to be housed at Bedford library
(August 2007) Virginia Taylor, a lifelong
resident of Trimble County, Ky., loved serving her community. Despite
a long-term illness that kept her basically confined to her home, Taylor
began collecting genealogy records of families in the Kentucky counties
of Trimble, Carroll, Henry and Oldham. She amassed a huge collection
of detailed records that included thousands of obituaries and birth
and death records.
Taylor, whose family settled in the area in the early 1800s before the
county was formed, died in January 2007. She left her precious collection
of records to the Trimble County Historical Society, of which she was
a member for many years. The Trimble County Library is working to put
in extra shelves and file cabinets to house those genealogy records
that have become a valuable tool for tracing historical roots for many
families across the United States.
Taylor, left, was an avid
researcher whose family moved to
Trimble County in the early 1800s.
People from all across the country, from California
to the New England, have come here to look through those records,
said Trimble County Historical Society President Donna Stark. Tracing
genealogy is an extremely popular family interest, and Virginias
work is simply invaluable to many families hoping to find their roots.
She is working to catalog the information before it is transferred to
the Trimble County Library in Bedford by the end of the summer. Taylors
extensive collection includes microfiche and microfilm she purchased
from the state archives in Frankfort, Ky., of birth and death records
for Kentucky residents. She even has a list of 1896 graduates of Madison
High School in Madison, Ind.
Stark, one of the founding members of the Trimble Historical Society,
said the Bible records and many other files are already in folders,
but she is feverishly working to finish filing the rest of the information.
People want access to these records as fast as possible,
While Taylor and Stark have been history buffs for most of their lives,
they became interested in genealogy in 1986 due to a book they found
fascinating. We took that book apart, and from that point on,
we started collecting information and entering it into a computer,
said Stark, who actually lives in Frankfort, where the state records
She herself has traced her roots back all the way to Charlemagne, King
of the Franks, who helped define Western Europe and the Middle Ages.
She also found that U.S. President George Washington was a relative.
Stark plans to continue the work she and Taylor began together more
than 25 years ago.
Virginia was a wonderful person, and I miss her enthusiasm and
excitement about finding new information, she said. I miss
her very much.
For more information about the genealogy
collection, call the Trimble County Public Library at (502) 255-7362.
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