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Library Genealogy Section Draws Most Inquiries At Hotel, Napstead Says

This article first appeared in issue 13, and was written by Ed Waggener.

"One of the most frequently asked questions guests ask me," night auditor Wayne Napstead of the Columbia Inn Best Western said, "is about the genealogical facilities here."

The answer to that question is that the Adair County Library is one of the most genealogical research friendly libraries in South Central Kentucky and that the Adair County Genealogical Society is one of the most active in the area.

The genealogy section at the library is open-that is, researchers simply sign in and search the materials for themselves. "Occasionally," Randy Flowers said, "we might get something out of order, but the convenience for researchers far outweighs any problems with having an open system."

The Adair County Genealogical Society meets at the Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, at 7:00 p.m. every first Monday night in the month. The Society was formed several years ago. Its members are interested in preserving the genealogy and history of Adair and surrounding counties.

Beverly England is the president of the organization, Debbie Nobles is vice president. There are some 200 members of the group, but the attendance at the meetings is usually around six. Besides the officers, other regularly attending members include Jane Grant, Evelyn McCloud, Minnie Rubarts, and Mike Watson.

Membership is just $10 per year, and the dues also pay for the "Adair County Review," which is published quarterly. Memberships are for a calendar year, and start with the spring issue. When members join later in the year, they receive back issues.

The Society has also published a number of books. This are available at the library and from members of the society. There has been one atlas of cemeteries. Another book on Adair County marriages, 1802-1840 is planned. The society also furnished the material for the recent "Adair County Pictorial History." That book was so popular that a second edition is planned.

Those wishing to join the society may do so by writing to: Adair County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 613, Columbia, KY 42728, sending their name, address, city, state, and zip code, as well as a list of the families of interest. Checks for $10 should be made to: Adair County Genealogical Society.


WAGGENER-Adair Co, Kentucky, 1805. What happened to Rueben Waggener & wife. Benjamin Franklin Waggener, an infant orphan son of Rueben became ward of Uncle Edmund Wagener. Released at age 21, 5-3-1826. B.F. Waggener married Julian Ann Allen, 5-27-1826. Julia Ann Waggener (widow of B.F. Waggener) married John Garnett 12-22-1836 in Adair County. -Lynn E. Waggener, 6697 Rhodes Ave., Placerville, CA 95667-6724.

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