Each month, The Kentucky Explorer magazine receives literally scores of letters from our faithful readers. Whenever possible, we try to publish as many of them as possible in the 12 pages we have set aside for "Letters to the Editor."
Here are actual letters from our June 2004 issue:
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From Eastern Kentucky
I have recently started reading The Explorer, and I enjoy it! I have started digging deeper into my genealogy, and I was wondering if any reader could help me.
Most of my family, for many generations, were from Eastern Kentucky; primarily Knott, Pike, Floyd, and Letcher counties. Some town names I have come across are Drift, Kona, Kite, Topmost, Virgie, Myra, etc. Many of my ancestors are buried in small graveyards all over these counties, and I am having a hard time finding the location of these cemeteries.
I am trying to start a collection of photos of towns and tombstones in my genealogy folder, along with histories of the towns and other information. Some of the surnames I am researching are: Bates, Caudill, Cook, Hall, Vance, Tackett, Martin, Greer, and Vanover. I'm especially having a hard time with the Vanover line.
My great-grandmother was Gertrude Vanover, who was born September 5, 1887.
If anyone has any information or photos they would like to share, or if anyone is researching these surnames from the same areas, I would like to hear from you.
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Loveland, OH 45140
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