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Founded January 28, 1819
County Seat Franklin
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Simpson County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Simpson County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1852
1852
1820
1882
1882
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Simpson County Courthouse, Franklin, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Simpson County Courthouse
103 W Cedar Street
Franklin, KY 42134-0268
Phone: 270.586.8161[1]

Simpson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1819--Simpson County was created 28 January 1819 from Allen, Logan and Warren Counties.
County seat: Franklin [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

1882--A fire on 16 May destroyed most county court records. Deeds, however, were later later reconstructed from originals held by the owners. Circuit court records were not affected. *Maps of Kentucky (1776-1939)


Simpson County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Black Jack Gold City Neosheo Salmons
Bornes Ford Hickory Flat Peden Mill Schweizer
Flat Rock Highland Prices Mill Temperance
Franklin Hillsdale Providence Turnertown
Geddes Middleton

Neighboring Counties

Simpson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research. 

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1820 4,852
1830 5,815 19.8%
1840 6,537 12.4%
1850 7,733 18.3%
1860 8,146 5.3%
1870 9,573 17.5%
1880 10,641 11.2%
1890 10,878 2.2%
1900 11,624 6.9%
1910 11,460 −1.4%
1920 11,150 −2.7%
1930 11,336 1.7%
1940 11,752 3.7%
1950 11,678 −0.6%
1960 11,548 −1.1%
1970 13,054 13.0%
1980 14,673 12.4%
1990 15,145 3.2%
2000 16,405 8.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Simpson 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.

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
  • [Dick] Hoffman, Muriel M. History of Peter and Christina Shutt Dick Family: Frederick County, Maryland, Wilkes County, North Carolina, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Simpson County, Kentucky, Sangamon County, Illinois, Cass, County, Illinois. Anchor, Ill.: Hoffman, 1970. FHL Book 929.273 D55h

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 Simpson 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 Simpson 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 Simpson County, Kentucky:

- 52nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies C, D, G, H, I and K.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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 Simpson County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Simpson 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 - Simpson County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517971 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Simpson County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517972 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875-1876 - Simpson County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517973 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1852-1859 - Simpson County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch C517971 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Simpson County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517974 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Simpson County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517975 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
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Simpson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Simpson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Simpson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Simpson County, Kentucky page 274, 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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