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genealogist , researcher

Lynn Cowan McCarthy, American Genealogist. Named Colonel Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonels, 1994, Outstanding Professionals in Human Superior vena cava syndrome, American Academy Human Superior vena cava syndrome, 1973.


McCarthy, Lynn Cowan was born on March 18, 1940 in Panama City, Panama. Daughter of John Linus and Rose (Cowan) McCarthy.


Bachelor, Mary Washington College, 1961. Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1969.


Public assistant social worker, Social Svc. Bureau, Norfolk, Virginia, 1961-1962;graduate resident advisor, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1962-1963;head resident, U. Kentucky, Lexington, 1963-1964;child welfare worker, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Lexington, 1964-1967;assistant training specialist, Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Frankfort, 1969-1971;training administrator, Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Frankfort, 1971-1974;child protective services consultant, Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Frankfort, 1974-1981;employer services supervisor, Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources, Frankfort, 1981-1983;grants and contracts administrator, Commonwealth of Kentucky Department Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, 1983-1994;genealogical researcher, Frankfort, since 1994. Secretary, Executive Board Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Frankfort, 1994.


  • Other Work

    • Researcher (television production) The Hatfields and McCoys: An American Feud, 1996. Producer (video) The Family of Rose and Jack McCarthy, 1998.


Regular ceremonies enable people to open themselves to God more fully. They help people to hear God's offer and challenge ever more deeply, and to allow God to prompt and enable them to respond.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.


Loss, fear, grief or guilt may be weighing someone down. Never give up. Keep up with the search of truth in yourself and you will be awarded with the sense of happiness and joy you are looking for.


Volunteer Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Kentucky, 1997-2000. Member National Association of Social Workers, National Genealogical Society, Kentucky History Society, Kentucky Genealogical Society, Virginia Genealogical Society, North Carolina Genealogical Society, Friends of Kentucky Public Archives, Kentucky Public Retirees, Academy Certified Social Workers, Association Professional Geneaologists, Kentucky Network Professional Genealogists (co-founder 1999).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: travel, bird-watching, photography, landscaping, spectator sports.


John Linus McCarthy

Rose (Cowan) McCarthy