Council to Hear Update on Digital Access Project


In Tuesday’s Council Work Session, Council will hear an update on the Digital Access Project (DAP), a program led by the Fayette County Clerk’s office. Starting in May 2022, volunteers and paid staff for the DAP have digitized historic Lexington property records that show transactions and ownership of enslaved African Americans and created a searchable database for the records.

From May 2022 to December 2023, 176 books of property records were digitized, and 91,000 individual pages of records were scanned. The DAP plans to use the records to develop educational programming for community members about the history of slavery in Lexington, create digital exhibits, and potentially train other County Clerk offices in Kentucky on replicating the project in other Kentucky counties.

You can access the database now at the Fayette County Clerk’s Online Land Records Portal. You can head here to the Fayette County Clerk’s website for instructions and helpful information on how to use the database.

Council Work Session will be held on Tuesday, February 13th at 3pm in Council Chambers. You can attend in-person or watch live on LexTV.

Republished from CivicLex.

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