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Founded February 12, 1820
County Seat Williamstown
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Grant County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Grant County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1820 1852 1820 1820 1820
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Grant County Courthouse
Courthouse Basement; PO Box 469;
Williamstown, KY 41097- 0469
Phone: 859.824.3321[1]

Grant County Kentucky History

Parent County

1820--Grant County was created 12 February 1820 from Pendleton County.  County seat: Williamstown [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

Grant County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Blanchet Downingsville Hilltop Mount Zion
Campbells Block House (hist.) Dry Ridge Holbrook Northcutt
Cherry Grove Elliston Jericho Sherman
Cordova Flingsville Jonesville Stewartsville
Corinth Folsom Keefer Stringtown
Crittenden Four Corners Lawrenceville Williamstown
Delia Heekin Mason Zion Station

Neighboring Counties

Grant County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18302,986
18404,19240.4%
18506,53155.8%
18608,35627.9%
18709,52914.0%
188013,08337.3%
189012,671−3.1%
190013,2394.5%
191010,581−20.1%
192010,435−1.4%
19309,876−5.4%
19409,8760%
19509,809−0.7%
19609,489−3.3%
19709,9995.4%
198013,30833.1%
199015,73718.3%
200022,38442.2%
Est. 200624,76910.7%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21081.txt

For tips on accessing Grant 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

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Grant 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

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

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.

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 Grant County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Grant 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
  • 1852-1859 - Grant County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517381 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Grant County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517382 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Grant County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517383 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1820-1865 - Grant County Marriage Index 1820-1865. Batch M517385 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1852-1859 - Grant County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517381 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Grant County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517384 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
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Grant County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Grant County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Grant County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grant County, Kentucky page 270, 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 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.


 

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