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Kentucky Genealogy Resources

Kentucky was closely linked to its "parent" Virginia and was established by many soldiers with land grants. Kentucky's rivers provided a migration path settlers moving west. The Commonwealth has records starting in the late 1700s.
  • Allen, William B. A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Louisville, Ky: Bradley & Gilbert, 1872.

  • Andrusko, Samuel M.  Der Deutsche Pionier: membership lists (1869-1887) of the Deutschen Pionier-Verein ofCincinnati and branches in Dayton and Toledo (Ohio) and Covington and Newport (Kentucky)with selected additional biographical information from obituaries and biographhies [sic] in theDeutschen Pionier / abstracted, translated, and edited by Samuel M. Andrusko. Washington,D.C. : S.M. Andrusko, c1989.Information includes date and place of birth, year of immigration.

  • Battle, J. H., William Henry Perrin, and G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky, a History of the State, Embracing a Concise Account of the Origin and Development of the Virginia Colony. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1979.
     
  • Bullitt County History Museum. A service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society.

  • Collins, Lewis, and Richard H. Collins. History of Kentucky: Embracing Pre-Historic, Annals for 331 Years, Outline, and by Counties, Statistics Antiquities and Natural Curiosities, Geographical and Geological Descriptions, Sketches of the Court of Appeals ... ; Collin's Historical Sketches of Kentucky. 2. Louisville, Ky: Morton, 1924.
     
  • Early Kentucky Tax Records from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Reprinted Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., 2004, 1984.
     
  • East Kentucky Genealogy.
     
  • Ely, William. The Big Sandy Valley, History of the People and Country, from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. Reprinted Westminster, Maryland: Heritage, 2004, 1887.
     
  • Felldin, Jeanne Robey and Gloria Kay Vandiver Inman. Index to the 1820 Census of Kentucky. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1981.
     
  • Genealogy and Kentucky History. Kenton County Public Library.

  • Green, Karen Mauer. The Kentucky Gazette: Genealogical and Historical Abstracts. Galveston, Texas: The Frontier Press, 1983-

  • Hardin County, Kentucky - County Clerk. Simply login as guest and then click on the "Indexed Records Search" link on the page.  This takes you to a menu of search options.   This search engine covers historical all the way through to present day records for all sorts of records but includes all marriages and wills back to the year "dot".

  • Kentuckiana Digital Library. The Kentuckiana Digital Library is your gateway to rare and unique digitized collections housed in Kentucky archives. These digital collections are built to enhance scholarship, research and lifelong learning.

  • Kentuckiana Digital Library, 1886-1912 for papers across Kentucky,  Includes the Bluegrass Blade in Lexington, and the Owensboro Vindicator.
  • Kentuckiana Genealogy. This site covers all Southern Indiana and Northern Kentucky Counties.

  • Kentucky Bible Archives. Kentucky GenWeb.

  • Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Kentucky. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky Cemetery Records Database. Kentucky Historical Society.

  • Kentucky, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865. Confederate service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Kentucky. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M319. Index courtesy of Fold3. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865. Union service records of soldiers who served in organizations from Kentucky. The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917 and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M397. Index courtesy of Fold3. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky, Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950. Images of pension applications filed by surviving former Confederate soldiers or their widows who lived in Kentucky. The law providing for pensions was enacted in 1912 by the Kentucky State Legislature. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954. Marriage records created by Kentucky counties. Records include bonds, license, certificates, and returns. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky Death Index For 1911-1986.

  • Kentucky Death Index for 1987-1992.

  • Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955. Name index of Kentucky death certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1911. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky, Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970. Name index to death and burial records from the state of Kentucky. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 627,320 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later.  FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives: Genealogy Links.
     
  • Kentucky Divorce Index for 1973-1993.
     
  • Kentucky GenWeb Project.

  • Kentucky Historical Society.
     
  • Kentucky Historical Society. Kentucky Historical Society Index to Tax List. Prepared by Microfilm Department, Kentucky Historical Society. Lexington, Kentucky: The Society, 1973. FHL film #1036831.
     
  • Kentucky Land Office. The Secretary of State's Office is the place to start when researching Kentucky land acquisitions. All chain of title in the Commonwealth traces back to Virginia land patents and Kentucky land patents. In fact, all Kentucky deeds eventually trace back to an original patent recorded in the Kentucky Land Office.
     
  • Kentucky Marriage Index For 1973-1993.

  • Kentucky Marriages 1785-1979 - Name index to marriage records from the state of Kentucky - 1,532,718 records as of 27 April, 2010. FamilySearch.

  • Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. Index of probate records created in Kentucky county courts. Probate records include wills, bonds, inventories of estates and other records. Date and record coverage varies by county. The current collection includes records for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. This is an ongoing project that is 32% complete. More records will be published as they become available. FamilySearch.
     
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office: Revolutionary War Warrants. Virginia granted land in Kentucky to Revolutionary War veterans, and this database indexes the 4,748 bounty land warrants.
     
  • Kentucky Vital Records Index.
     
  • King, E.J. Estelle Stewart. Abstract of Early Kentucky Wills and Inventories. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Co., Inc., 2006, 1933.
     
  • McAdams, Mrs. Harry Kennett, compiler. Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records, Abstracts of Early Wills, Deeds and Marriages from Court Houses and Records of Old Bibles, Churches, Graveyards, and Cemeteries Copied by American War Mothers, Genealogical Material Collected from Authentic Sources: Records from  Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Montgomery, Nicholas and Woodford Counties. Lexington, Kentucky: Keystone, 1929. FHL film #459632.

  • Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index, 1841-current.   This collection from the Kenton Library is a mix of full text, full image newspapers, and newspaper indexes.  Select the “full text” option to restrict search results to images.
     
  • Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.
     
  • Rothert, Otto Arthur. Local history in Kentucky literature, a manuscript read before the Louisville Literary Club, September 27, 1915. Louisville, KY : Press of J.P. Morton & Co., 1915.
     
  • 1792-1830 Index, Old Kentucky Survey and Grants; Index for Tellico Surveys and Grants. Frankfort, Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society, 1975. FHL film #1492856.
     
  • Southeastern Kentucky Roots.
     
  • The Surnames of Kentucky Network.

  • Sutherland, James Franklin. Early Kentucky Householders, 1787-1811. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1986.
     
  • Western Kentucky History and Genealogy.