Clerk, Wednesday through Friday

Judy and Jesse James are available most days to help clients with research. She retired from the Russellville school system in 1998 and has been a volunteer ever since.

    Jesse James was a noted outlaw after the Civil War.  Come to the Archives to see if you connect to the James line.  His gang may have been responsible for robbing the Southern Bank of KY on Main St. in Russellville.


Peggy joined the staff in 2017 after retiring from the school system.  When not assisting clients with finding records they seek, she works on records preservation and finding aids.  A major project she completed on volunteer time was the scanning and organization of scads of pictures given the society by various persons.  


Lee has been the mainstay of the staff since joining in 2011.  She can lead you through county records, circuit court cases and all the miscellaneous records available in our reading room.  Like a dog with a bone, she will scour the databases and if nothing is found, she'll tackle the maps and personal family files to seek your connection to Logan County.


Clerk, Monday and Tuesday​

Volunteer Group


Carl Foster in costume for cemetery reenactments also helps with odd jobs in Archives.

Indispensable pair Pat Cauley Foster and Mary Duff Lancaster join in on every project the society attempts.  

The Lion's Club took a project to help fund the windows restoration project and held barbecues to raise funds.

Here Denise Shoulders teaches classes on DNA.  She also indexes funeral home records, corrects cemeteries and works on many other projects.

Cheryl Cox Goley did the major research for First Families project in 2017.  She then walked and corrected Maple Grove Cemetery and helped get it ready for AIS.

Jeff Cropper created the Accelerated Indexing System (AIS), which allows all databases searched at one click.  He won the state award in technology for this donated benefit.

 SAR activities help with publicity when they hold events on our lawn or when they use facilities to research Revolutionary War soldiers to increase their membership rolls.

The late Eugene Hall preserved all windows in the Archives for expenses only, working hours and years on the project.

Logan Chick, county judge-executive, and the entire fiscal court have been most supportive in funding building repair and improving reading room services for the public.

The Garden and Tree Club contribute to the landscape of the lot.  

Norma Jean and Morton Penick continue with finding, reading, and restoring cemeteries in the Adairville area.  They also worked on updating the Adairville cemetery.

Connie Sitz, dressed for Breathitt Cemetery Rededication, also does typing for the Society.

Michael Travelstead, typist of various projects, is shown here as he participates in fund raiser to help persons needing funds for those needing prosthetic devices.

Are you seeking professional help on a local basis?

My name is Denise Shoulders and my roots are primarily located in several New England states, Canada, England, and Sweden. I have 26 years of experience researching on-site in South Central Kentucky and Northern Middle Tennessee.


I recently completed the intensive 15-week Certificate in Genealogical Research course with Boston University and am currently working toward Board for Certified Genealogists certification. I am a member of the National Genealogical Society, the Logan County Genealogical Society, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.


I also do extensive volunteer work here with indexing records, developing finding aids, and other organizational work for the Society.


I am available for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, simple record retrieval, cemetery photography, in-depth research with accompanying reports, and lineage society applications. If you have questions or would like to discuss your research needs, I would love to talk with you. You may contact me via email or phone at 270-847-9794.


Denise is hosting a third Saturday genealogical session monthly.    Completely free, beginning at 10:00 a.m. to noon or to whatever time is needed.  On May 18, 2018, the lesson concentrated on evidence vs. information.  Other lessons covered basics of DNA, using local resources and other topics.  Check this news column for upcoming lessons.

Register by calling Archives at 270-726-8179 or directly to Denise at 270-847-9794.