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Livingston County, Kentucky
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Facts
Founded December 13, 1798
County Seat Smithland
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Livingston County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1799
1852
1810
1800
1799
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Livingston County Courthouse, Smithland, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Livingston County Courthouse
335 Court Street PO Box 40;
Smithland, KY 42081-0400
Phone: 270.928.2162[1]

History

Livingston Co., Ky. GenWeb

Parent County

1798--Livingston County was created 13 December 1798 from Christian County.
County seat: Smithland [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.

Livingston Co., Ky. from Christian Co., Ky.

Record Loss

A loss of some records occurred due to a fire in 1804. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bayou Hampton Ledbetter Salem
Birdsville Heater Lola Smithland
Burna Iuka Newbern Tiline
Carrsville Joy Pinckneyville Vicksburg
Grand Rivers Lake City

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African American

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

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18002,856
18103,67428.6%
18205,82458.5%
18305,9712.5%
18409,02551.1%
18506,578−27.1%
18607,2139.7%
18708,20013.7%
18809,16511.8%
18909,4743.4%
190011,35419.8%
191010,627−6.4%
19209,732−8.4%
19308,608−11.5%
19409,1276.0%
19507,184−21.3%
19607,029−2.2%
19707,5968.1%
19809,21921.4%
19909,062−1.7%
20009,8048.2%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21139.txt

For tips on accessing Livingston 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

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography
  • [Baker] Chapman, Peggy Brown. Bakers of Logan, Christian, Muhlenberg, Livingston, Henderson, Hopkins, Caldwell, Union, Todd, Trigg, Crittenden, Lyon, McLean and Webster Counties & Jackson Purchase, Kentucky. Lubbock, Texas: P.B. Chapman, 1995. FHL 751704
  • [Lacey] Moore, Maurice Augustus. The Life of Gen. Edward Lacey: With a List of Battles and Skirmishes in South Carolina During the Revolutionary War. Spartanburg, S.C.: Douglass, Evins & Co., 1859. FHL 413932.
  • [Lacey] Draper, Lyman C. King's Mountain and Its Heroes. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, Publishers, 1881. Pages 463-464. Digital version at Google Books.
  • [Lacey] Owen, Thomas McAdory. "Colonel Edward Lacey of the Revolution and Some of His Descendants," The Gulf States Historical Magazine, Vol. 1 (July 1902):41-44. Digital version at Google Books.

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 Livingston 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 Livingston 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 Livingston County, Kentucky:


- 20th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

  • 1799-1832 - The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Livingston County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:
  • Will Book A: 1799-1832

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 Livingston County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Livingston 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. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records


Birth
  • 1852-1861 - Livingston County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517641 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Livingston County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517642 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Livingston County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517641 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Livingston County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517643 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Livingston County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517644 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Unsorted
  • Livingston County Kentucky Vital Records
  • Livingston County Clerk

335 Court Street
Smithland, KY 42081

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Livingston County, Kentucky page 272, 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. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 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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