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This article is about a western county of Kentucky. For other uses, see Ohio (disambiguation).

Guide to Ohio County Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. Located in the Western Kentucky Coal Fields region.

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Founded December 17, 1798
County Seat Hartford
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Ohio County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Ohio County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1799 1852 1810 1799 1801
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Ohio County Courthouse, Hartford, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Ohio County Courthouse
Main St; PO Box 85;
Hartford, KY 42347-0085
Phone:. 270.298.4422[1]

Ohio County Kentucky History

Parent County

1798--Ohio County was created 17 December 1798 from Hardin County.  County seat: Hartford [3]

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.

County Pronunciation

Record Loss

1864--A disaster destroyed some records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Ohio County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Adaburg Dukehurst Magan Rosine
Aetnaville Dundee Matanzas Sandefur Crossing
Arnold Echols McHenry Scottown
Askin Ellmitch Mt. Pleasant Select
Baizetown Equality Narrows Shreve
Beaver Dam Flint Springs Nineteen Shultztown
Beda Fordsville No Creek Simmons
Bells Run Hartford Oak Grove Smallhous
Buford Haynesville Olaton Sulphur Springs
Centertown Heflin Pleasant Ridge Sunnydale
Ceralvo Herbert Point Pleasant Taffy
Coffman Highview Prentiss White Run
Combs Ford Horse Branch Ralph Windy Hill
Cool Springs Horton Renfrow Wysox
Cromwell Jingo Reynolds Station
Deanefield Ken Wye Rob Roy
Dogwalk Kirtley Rockport

Neighboring Counties

Ohio 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.  %±
1800 1,223
1810 3,792 210.1%
1820 3,879 2.3%
1830 4,715 21.6%
1840 6,592 39.8%
1850 9,749 47.9%
1860 12,209 25.2%
1870 15,561 27.5%
1880 19,669 26.4%
1890 22,946 16.7%
1900 27,287 18.9%
1910 27,642 1.3%
1920 26,473 −4.2%
1930 24,469 −7.6%
1940 24,421 −0.2%
1950 20,840 −14.7%
1960 17,725 −14.9%
1970 18,790 6.0%
1980 21,765 15.8%
1990 21,105 −3.0%
2000 22,916 8.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Ohio County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Westerfield

Court

Genealogy

  • [Austin] Galau, Jeane K. The Austin Family of Montgomery County, Maryland and Ohio County, Kentucky: With Related Lines. 3 vols. Menasha, Wisc.: J.K. Galau, 1978-1979. Digitized by FamilySearch Books Online: Vol. 1 | Vol. 2 | Vol. 3 - all free.
  • [Barnes] Kirk, Arthur Dale. The Barnes Family of Ohio County, Kentucky. 1943. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Render] Smith, Pearl O. Renders and Their Relatives; Joshua Render of Charles County, Maryland, and Orange County, Virginia, and His Descendants, 1720-1985. Arlington, Va.: P.O. Smith, 1985. FHL Book 929.273 R293s.
  • [Wallace] Lindsey, Richard O. House of Charles Wallace, Ohio County, Kentucky. MSS., Willard Library, Evansville, Ind. Copy: FHL Film 1481387 Item 5.

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 Ohio 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 Ohio County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

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

  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Ohio County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[5] digitized by Ancestry ($).

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 Ohio County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Ohio 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 - Ohio County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517831 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1874 - Ohio County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517832 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1875 - Ohio County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517833 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Ohio County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517831 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1875 - Ohio County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517834 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1876-1878 - Ohio County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517835 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
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Ohio County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Ohio County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Ohio County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ohio County, Kentucky page 274, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Voice of Dorothy Murphy (b. 1927), life-long resident of Central City, Ky. (2011)
  5. 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).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 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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