In 1918, the Kentucky Council of Defense inaugurated a state-wide movement to make a record of Kentucky's participation and role in the World War. It appointed a State War Historian and local historians in each county. These persons were charged with the duty of collecting and preserving such material as would be of value to the people of the counties and the state, including service records of the men in the army and navy, and records of the activities of the men and women who stood solidly behind the fighting forces and gave their time and labor untiringly to the winning of the war.
Henderson County's War Historian was Miss Virginia Lockett, chairman of the Henderson Woman's Club. Under the direction and supervision of the Kentucky Council of Defense, Miss Lockett compiled 5 volumes of information on Henderson residents involved in the war. These books were donated to the Henderson County Public Library in 1923. Copies of these books are available for browsing and research and a complete name index has been compiled by the Genealogy Department. Click here to see the index of names.