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Founded December 30, 1819
County Seat Elkton
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Todd County Kentucky Courthouse

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

Todd County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Elkton, KY 42220-0157
Phone: 270.265.2363[1]

Todd County Kentucky History

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The county is named after Revolutionary War hero Col. John Todd (1750-1782).

Parent County

1819--Todd County was created 30 December 1819 from Christian and Logan Counties.
County seat: Elkton [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.

County Pronunciation

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Todd County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Allegre Clifty Jason Tabernacle
Allensville Darnell Kirkmansville Trenton
Anderson Daysville Liberty Tress Shop
Bradshaw Elkton Mount Tabor Tyewhoppety
Britmart Guthrie Pinchem Wilhelmina
Cedar Grove Hadensville Sharon Grove Zion
Claymour Hermon

Neighboring Counties

Todd County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research. 

Biographies

  • KY Biographies ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project
  • All of the family biographies from the County of Todd, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical edited by William Henry Perrin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Co. in 1884 are available free online at My Genealogy Hound.

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1820 5,089
1830 8,680 70.6%
1840 9,991 15.1%
1850 12,268 22.8%
1860 11,575 −5.6%
1870 12,612 9.0%
1880 15,994 26.8%
1890 16,814 5.1%
1900 17,371 3.3%
1910 16,488 −5.1%
1920 15,694 −4.8%
1930 13,520 −13.9%
1940 14,234 5.3%
1950 12,890 −9.4%
1960 11,364 −11.8%
1970 10,823 −4.8%
1980 11,874 9.7%
1990 10,940 −7.9%
2000 11,971 9.4%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

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

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.

Genealogy

Old Todd County Courthouse, Elkton, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
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 Book 929.273 B171cp.
  • [Kennedy] Smith, Ruth Hightower and Urban Ewing Kennedy. The Early Settlements of Todd County, Kentucky: Sketches by Urban Ewing Kennedy and the Kennedy Family History. Murray, Ky.: M.H. Smith, 1991. FHL Book 976.977 H2s.
  • [Page] Page, Richard Channing Moore. Genealogy of the Page Family in Virginia. Also a Condensed Account of the Nelson, Walker, Pendleton and Randolph Families, With References to the Bland, Burwell, Byrd, Carter, Cary, Duke, Gilmer, Harrison, Rives, Thornton, Wellford, Washington, and Other Distinguished Families in Virginia. New York: Press of the Publishers' Printing Co., 1893. Available at FHL; digital version at Google Books (full-view).
  • [Sassin] Allen, Cameron. "Francois Sasin/Sassin of Manakin Town: The First Six Generations of the Sassin/Sasseen Family in America," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1993):3-17; Vol. 37, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1993):99-116; Vol. 37, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1993):193-205; Vol. 37, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1993):259-271. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 37 (1993).
  • [Taliaferro] Amundson, Margaret R. "Who Did Elizabeth Taliaferro, Daughter of Margaret French and Robert Taliaferro, Mary?" The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 41, No. 3 (Jan.-Mar. 1997):3-14. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Todd 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 Todd 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 Todd County, Kentucky:

- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Woodward's) - CSA - Company D.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Todd 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 Todd County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Todd 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 - Todd County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C518001 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Todd County Birth Index 1874. Batch C518002 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Todd County Birth Index 1875. Batch C518003 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1862 - Todd County Marriage Index 1852-1862. Batch M518001 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Todd County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M518004 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Todd County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M518005 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Todd County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Todd County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Todd County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Todd County, Kentucky page 275, 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. Voice of Dorothy Murphy (b. 1927), life-long resident of Central City, Ky. (2011)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 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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