Spent most of last week & the weekend continuing my prep for the May trip to Kentucky. Mark's family on his mom's side has Kentucky roots, primarily in three counties - Hopkins, Christian & Todd. A few wandered out of those counties and into others, but the majority managed to stick pretty close to that basic 3. Searching for them in Kentucky records has at times been frustrating, mostly due in part to horrid indexing. But other factors also come into play as well.
Might help if there was some consistancy in the records. Most times whene I can not find someone its due to that particular county not having the records for that particular year. Ancestry covers from 1852-1953, but the Kentucky Vital Records project covers basically from 1911 to ? , they accept donations of vital records certificates but also maintain their own death certificate images. They do have some earlier records but it is hit or miss.
Many times I've been able to locate persons on this site that I could not locate on Ancestry. Whether its the indexing or something else I don't know. But when I can not locate on one I always try the other. The Kentucky Vital Records project is staffed by volunteers so they don't do any lookups or offer any genealogical assistance. No fancy bells & whistles - just a good basic genealogy resource for those with ties to the state of Kentucky!