If your family has roots in Estill Co. KY, you may want to attend the Estill County Backporch Homecoming. This year it will be held July 25th through July 28th, 2007 at the Estill County History Center & Library. The link for more info is:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~kyestill/ . There is a link for registration right on the front page of the site.
This will be my 6th year attending and each year I find new info and meet new people. Everyone associated with the History Center and Library is knowledgeable, and more than willing to help you with your search to find your ancestors.
This is a great opportunity to meet with people you may have chatted with online about your ancestors. Last year they had about 130 people stop in during the homecoming and 850 from 27 different states throughout the year. So, the chance of finding someone researching your family line is strong. Everyone signs in and lists the family they are searching for so you may find a good address for someone researching the same lines.
They have many written resources, census records, family records, and other publications, etc. for Estill and surrounding counties.
One personal example I have is that I had the directions to an old family cemetery, but I had never been to it. I gave the directions to a fellow researcher from Louisiana who attended the Backporch Homecoming and he went to the cemetery. The next year he took me to the cemetery, and we have developed a great working partnership in our quest for family history. We are both from the same lines, way, way back.
You never know who you will meet or what you will find out. So, if you've got vacation time or even a day off, think about coming to the Homecoming and supporting the History Center in Estill County.
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