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Labor of love

Taylor genealogy collection
to be housed at Bedford library

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(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.

Virigina Taylor

Photo provided

Virginia 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 Virginia’s 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. Taylor’s 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,” she said.
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 are housed.
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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