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Monroe County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Facts
Founded January 19, 1820
County Seat Tompkinsville
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Monroe County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1852
1852
1820
1863
1861
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 188
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Phone: 270.487.5505[1]

History

Parent County

1820--Monroe County was created 19 January 1820 from Barren and Cumberland Counties.  County seat: Tompkinsville [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

1863, 1887--Disasters destroyed most records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Akersville Freetown Mount Hermon
Blythe Gamaliel Mud Lick
Boles Grandview Otia
Bugtussle Gum Tree Persimmon
Coe Harlan Crossroads Raydure
Cyclone Hestand Rockbridge
Emberton Jeffrey Sulphur Lick
Flippin Lamb Tompkinsville
Forkton Martinsburg Vernon
Fountain Run Meshack

Neighboring Counties

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.
18305,340
18406,52622.2%
18507,75618.8%
18608,55110.3%
18709,2318.0%
188010,74116.4%
189010,9892.3%
190013,05318.8%
191013,6634.7%
192014,2144.0%
193013,077−8.0%
194014,0707.6%
195013,770−2.1%
196011,799−14.3%
197011,642−1.3%
198012,3536.1%
199011,401−7.7%
200011,7563.1%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21171.txt

For tips on accessing Monroe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Monroe County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Monroe 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 Monroe County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Monroe 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
  • 1852-1860 - Monroe County Birth Index 1852-1860. Batch C517771 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Monroe County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517772 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Monroe County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517773 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1852-1860 - Monroe County Marriage Index 1852-1860. Batch M517771 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Monroe County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517774 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Monroe County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517775 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Unsorted

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Kentucky page 273, 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/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.


 

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