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Guide to Carlisle County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Carlisle County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded April 3, 1886
County Seat Bardwell
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Carlisle County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1886 1886 1886 1900 1886 1886
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Temporary Carlisle County Courthouse, Bardwell, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Carlisle County Courthouse
W Court Street
Bardwell, KY 42023
Phone: 270.628.3233[1]

Carlisle County Kentucky History

Destroyed Carlisle County Courthouse, Bardwell, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Parent County

1886--Carlisle County was created 3 April 1886 from Ballard County.
County seat: Bardwell [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

1980--A disaster destroyed some of the records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Carlisle County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Arlington Cunningham Laketon Milburn
Bardwell Kirbyton Magee Springs Winford

Neighboring Counties

Carlisle County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.




Local Histories

Local histories are available for Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate records are held by the Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Records


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Carlisle County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

West Tennessee Heritage Study Center

The Heritage Study Center holds a variety of genealogical resources including materials relating to the following counties in Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Houston, Humphreys, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Perry, Shelby, Stewart, Tipton, Wayne, Weakley and Carlisle, Fulton, and Hickman counties in Kentucky.

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University of Tennessee at Martin
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Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Carlisle County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Carlisle County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carlisle County, Kentucky page 269, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.


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