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Size: 19 boxes; 17 folders

Span Dates: 1846-1981                            

Accession Number(s):

Creator(s): Kirtley, Elizabeth, 1916?-2009
Rouse, Frank, ?-1960

Summary: The Elizabeth Kirtley Collection consists of fifteen family bibles that contain genealogical records of several early Boone County, Kentucky families. It also has genealogical research files, newsletters, and publications. In addition, the collection has personal diaries (1906-1960) from Frank Rouse, a northern Kentucky farmer, as well as two posters and a toll book from the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co.’s John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. 


Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research access.

Physical Restrictions: For fragile images, researchers will be asked to view digital copies of originals. Department personnel will authorize use of originals on a case by case basis.

Use Restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the reproduction of copyrighted material. The User assumes full responsibility and any attendant liability for the fair use of materials requested in total compliance with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) that may arise through the use of any requested materials.

Preferred Citation: [Box #, Folder #], MS-48 Elizabeth Kirtley Collection, Eva G. Farris Special Collections, W. Frank Steely Library, Northern Kentucky University.

Related Materials: Boone County Public Library has photographs of and family files about the Gaines family.

Processing Information: processed by Staff, 2006. Finding aid migrated to new layout in Fall 2015.



Beemon Family
Cropper Family
Duncan Family
Franks Family
Gaines Family
Gaines, Milton
Gray Family
Hager Family
Hedges Family
Holtzclaw Family
Kirtley, Elizabeth, 1916?-2009
McMullen Family
Rouse, Frank, ?-1960
Scott, Moses
Shinkle, Bradford, 1845-1909
Youell Family

Organization(s)/Corporate Body(ies):
Burlington Baptist Church (Burlington, Ky.)
Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company
Gunpowder Baptist Church

Geographic Location(s):
Boone County (Ky.)


The Elizabeth Kirtley collection consists of fifteen family bibles that contain the early records of several Boone County, Kentucky families and include all of the customary information (births, deaths and marriages) with one Bible (the Beemon Family Bible) containing records of Baptisms at the Gunpowder Baptist church.  One Bible (the Milton Gaines Family Bible) also contains photographs of the family.

Also included in the collection are genealogical materials that were donated by Mrs. Kirtley, most notably the Rose family bulletins and various genealogical research files, as well as Baptist church history publications, toll books and regulations for the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Co., and the diaries of Burlington, Kentucky farmer Frank Rouse that span the years 1906 to 1960.  The diaries contain very general descriptions of the work Mr. Rouse was doing on his farm each day, along with notes about the weather, family news, deaths and other local events (especially weather-related news, such as the freezing of the Ohio River in 1918 and its flooding in the 1930s).  The diaries also contain occasional mention of world events, such as the signing of the Armistice to end WWI, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the end of WWII. Notably absent are any mentioned of the atomic bombs.


Elizabeth McMullen Kirtley was born around 1916 in northern Kentucky. She worked as an accountant clerk. She was an active member of the Boone County Historical Society and was interested in genealogy. She married Reuben Earl Kirtley. Together, they had one daughter. Elizabeth Kirtley passed away in 2009.