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

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Founded December 15, 1792
County Seat Elizabethtown
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Hardin County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Hardin County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1793 1852 1810 1793 1793
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Hardin County Courthouse
14 Public Square
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Phone: 270.765.2171 

County Clerk has marriage and land records. [1]

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 Address:
Hardin County Justice Center
120 E. Dixie Ave.
Elizabethtown, Ky. 42701


Phone Numbers:
270-766-5000 or 270-766-5037

Email Address:
Contact Us

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hardin County Kentucky History

The county is named after John Hardin (1753-1792), an officer in the Revolutionary War.

A few more interesting history facts  Hardin County History Facts
Abe Lincoln's symbolic birthplace cabin, Hardin County (now in Larue County), Kentucky.

Parent County

1792--Hardin County was created 15 December 1792 from Nelson County.
County seat: Elizabethtown [2]

Boundary Changes

Variant Spellings

Record Loss

Some records were destroyed  by fires that occurred on 23 Dec 1864 and 6 Dec 1932.

Hardin County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Booth Glendale Junction Pierce Mill Star Mills
Cecilia Hansbrough Prichard Place Stephensburg
Colesburg Harcourt Radcliff Summit
Crest Hardin Springs Red Hill Tunnel Hills
Eastview Howard Rineyville Upton
Elizabethtown Howe Valley Rogersville Vertrees
Flint Hill Indian Hills Rose Terrace Vine Grove
Fort Knox Kraft Saint John Vine Grove Junction
Four Corners Limp Seven Corners West Point
Franklin Cross Roads Long View Solway White Mills
Gaffey Heights Melrose Sonora White Mills Junction
Gaithers Nolin Spurrier Younger Creek
Glendale Perryville

Neighboring Counties

Hardin County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

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.
18003,653
18107,531106.2%
182010,49839.4%
183012,84922.4%
184016,35727.3%
185014,525−11.2%
186015,1894.6%
187015,7053.4%
188022,56443.7%
189021,304−5.6%
190022,9377.7%
191022,696−1.1%
192024,2877.0%
193020,913−13.9%
194029,10839.2%
195050,31272.8%
196067,78934.7%
197078,42115.7%
198088,91713.4%
199089,2400.4%
200094,1745.5%
Est. 200898,5464.6%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21093.txt

For tips on accessing Hardin 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
  • [Bomar] Wilbur, Tom. Eight Bomar Families of Early Hardin, Hart, and Larue Counties, Kentucky and Some of Their Descendants: A Few Allied Families: Bolton, Buckner, Clopton, Cruse, Dye, Ferguson, Hazle, Highbaugh, Hill, Hodge(s) Jaggers, Lamkin Mears, Owen(s), Shelton, Simpson, Waddle, Wheeler. Okemos, Mich.: T. Wilbur, 1997. FHL Book 929.273 B639w
  • [Hodgen] Mather, Otis May. Six Generations of LaRues and Allied Families: Containing Sketch of Isaac LaRue, Senior, Who Died in Frederick County, Virginia in 1795, and Some Account of His American Ancestors and Three Generations of His Descendants and Families Who Were Connected by Inter-marriage: Among Others Carman, Hodgen, Helm, Buzan, Rust ... : Copies of Six Old Wills and Other Documents, Various Incidents Connected with the Settlement of the Nolynn Valley in Kentucky; Also a Chapter on the La Rue Family and the Child Abraham Lincoln. Hodgenville, Kentucky: O.M. Mather, 1921. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L329m 1968; FHL US/CAN Film 1208 [2 listings at FHL]; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive - free; and World Vital Records ($).
  • [Kasey] Schorn, Catherine Scott. "Kaseys in Bedford County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1987):243-248; Vol. 32, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1988):24-32. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 31 (1987)-v. 32 (1988).
  • [LaRue] Mather, Otis May. Six Generations of LaRues and Allied Families: Containing Sketch of Isaac LaRue, Senior, Who Died in Frederick County, Virginia in 1795, and Some Account of His American Ancestors and Three Generations of His Descendants and Families Who Were Connected by Inter-marriage: Among Others Carman, Hodgen, Helm, Buzan, Rust ... : Copies of Six Old Wills and Other Documents, Various Incidents Connected with the Settlement of the Nolynn Valley in Kentucky; Also a Chapter on the La Rue Family and the Child Abraham Lincoln. Hodgenville, Kentucky: O.M. Mather, 1921. Available at FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 L329m 1968; FHL US/CAN Film 1208 [2 listings at FHL]; digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive - free; and World Vital Records ($).
  • [Lincoln] Roberts, Gary Boyd. Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009. FHL Book 973 D2r 2009; online bookstore.
  • [Lincoln] Hatcher, Patricia Law. "The Real Thomas Lincoln of Cumberland County, Kentucky: Not the Father of the President," The American Genealogist, Vol. 85, No. 4 (Oct. 2011):254-261. FHL Book 973 D25aga.
  • [Peebles] Saltzman, Bettie L. Peebles and Linda L. Saltzman McCall. Peebles, 1763-1988. Typescript. 1988 reprint: FHL Book 929.273 P343s.

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 Hardin 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 Hardin 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 Hardin County, Kentucky:


- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Veteran Cavalry (Union), Companies I and G.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Hardin County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Hardin 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 Hardin County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Hardin 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
  • 1852-1860 - Hardin County Birth Index 1852-1860. Batch C517441 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1874 - Hardin County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517442 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Marriage
  • 1852-1860 - Hardin County Marriage Index 1852-1860. Batch M517441 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Unsorted

Hardin County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Elizabethtown Kentucky
2950 Shepherdsville Rd
Elizabethtown, Hardin, Kentucky, United States
Phone: 270-737-5037
Hours: T,Th 9am-12pm; W 7pm-9pm

Hardin County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Hardin County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hardin County, Kentucky page 271, 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. Samuel R. Brown, The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western (Auburn, N.Y.: H.C. Southwick, 1817), 89. Digital versions at NIU Library Digitization Projects and World Vital Records ($).
  4. 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).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.