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Guide to Carter County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Carter County, Kentucky
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Founded February 9, 1838
County Seat Grayson
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Carter County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Carter County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1838 1852 1840 1838 1835
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Carter County Courthouse
300 W Main Street
Grayson, KY 41143
Phone: 606.474.5188[1]

Carter County Kentucky History

Parent County

1838--Carter County was created 9 February 1838 from Greenup and Lawrence Counties.
County seat: Grayson [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Carter County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Access Fairview Hill Johns Run Rooney
Aden Fitch Lawton Rose Hill
Beech Grove Fultz Leon Smiths Creek
Beetle Garvin Ridge Limestone Smoky Valley
Boone Furnace Gesling McGlone Creek Soldier
Brinegar Globe Mount Savage Sophi
Carter Gollihue Mountain Top Stinson
Charlotte Furnace Grahn Music Straight Creek
Clark Hill Grayson North Branch The Crossroads (hist.)
Cory Gregoryville Offill's Mill (hist.) Upper Tygart
Counts Crossroads Hayward Olive Hill Wesleyville
Deevert Hitchins Pactolus Willard
Denton Iron Hill Poplar Williams Creek
Eby Jacobs Prater Wolf
Enterprise Jeriel Reedville

Neighboring Counties

Carter County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

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Bible

Carter County Bible Records

Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc.

Letters, Journals, Ledgers, Essays, and Diaries
Carter County Surnames
Sorted by Name.com-Carter County Kentucky

Cemeteries

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

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
  • Carter Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18402,905
18506,241114.8%
18608,51636.5%
18707,509−11.8%
188012,34564.4%
189017,20439.4%
190020,22817.6%
191021,9668.6%
192022,4742.3%
193023,8396.1%
194025,5457.2%
195022,559−11.7%
196020,817−7.7%
197019,850−4.6%
198025,06026.2%
199024,340−2.9%
200026,88910.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21043.txt

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

Church

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.


Court

Carter County Court Records
Eastern Kentucky Genealogy, "Carter County Kentucky Gaurdianship Bonds"
Order Book Index

Land

Allowment of Dower
Carter County Real Property Deeds and Leases
Real Estate Mortgages

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Carter County, Kentucky. 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.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Carter County, Kentucky served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Carter County, Kentucky:

- 22nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company D

Miscellaneous

Newspaper

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Carter County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Carter County, Kentucky 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.

Carter County Affadavits of Descent
Carter County Wills

Taxation

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.

Carter County Tax Records

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 Carter County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Carter County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth
  • 1852-1862 - Carter County Birth Index 1852-1862. Batch C517201 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875-1876 - Carter County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517202 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1852-1862 - Carter County Marriage Index 1852-1862. Batch M517201 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Carter County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517203 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Carter County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517204 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
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Carter County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Carter County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Carter County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carter 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.


 

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