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Revision as of 12:30, 13 March 2014

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Guide to Bracken County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military records, and immigration records.

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Bracken County, Kentucky
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Founded December 14, 1796
County Seat Brooksville
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Contents

Bracken County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Bracken County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1797 1852 1810 1797 1797
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Bracken County Courthouse
116 W Miami Street PO Box 147
Brooksville, KY 41004
Phone: 606-735-2952[1]

Bracken County Kentucky History

Parent County

1796--Bracken County was created 14 December 1796 from Campbell and Mason Counties.  County seat: Brooksville [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

1848--A disaster caused the loss of some records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Bracken County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Augusta Cumminsville Parina (hist.) Stoney Point
Belmont (hist.) Foster Petra Wellsburg
Berlin Germantown Powersville Willow
Bladeston Gertrude Rock Springs Willow Grove
Bradford Johnsville Santa Fe Woolcott
Bridgeville Lenoxburg South Higginsport
Brooksville Milford Stepstone
Chatham Neave Stonewall











Neighboring Counties

Bracken County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

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Biographies

Cemeteries

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

may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18002,606
18103,70642.2%
18205,28042.5%
18306,51823.4%
18407,0538.2%
18508,90326.2%
186011,02123.8%
187011,4093.5%
188013,50918.4%
189012,369−8.4%
190012,137−1.9%
191010,308−15.1%
192010,210−1.0%
19309,616−5.8%
19409,389−2.4%
19508,424−10.3%
19607,422−11.9%
19707,227−2.6%
19807,7387.1%
19907,7660.4%
20008,2796.6%
Est. 20068,6554.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21023.txt

For tips on accessing Bracken 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
  • [Owens] Owens, David Hatfield. Owens Family of Virginia (Richmond, King George, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Counties) and Kentucky (Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Bracken, Mercer, Boyle Counties). Ann Arbor, Mich.: D.H. Owens, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 Ow2od 1991

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 Bracken 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 Bracken 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 Bracken County, Kentucky:


- 7th Cavalry Regiment, Kentucky (Confederate). Company A.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Bracken 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:

  1. Will Book A: 1798-1815
  2. Will Book B: 1815-1823

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.

  • 1799 - 1799 Tax List of Bracken County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] 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 Bracken County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Bracken 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.

Birth
  • 1852-1861 - Bracken County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517111 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Bracken County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517112 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1796-1851 - Record of Marriages of Bracken County, Kentucky, 1796-1851. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • 1852-1861 - Bracken County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517111 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Bracken County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517113 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Bracken County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517114 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Bracken County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Bracken County Kentucky Genealogy Websites


Bracken County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bracken County, Kentucky page 268, 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/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.