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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1042 list of cemeteries in Hopkins County] and links to the information for the individuals buried there,  
 
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4050&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=75&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Hopkins County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
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Guide to Hopkins County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. Located in the Western Coal Fields region.

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Hopkins County, Kentucky
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Founded December 9, 1806
County Seat Madisonville
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Contents

Hopkins County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Hopkins County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1807 1852 1810 1807 1807
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Hopkins County Courthouse, Madisonville, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Hopkins County Courthouse
10 S Main St; PO Box Drawer 737
Madisonville, KY 42431-2064
Phone: 270.821.7361[1]

Hopkins County Kentucky History

Parent County

1806--Hopkins County was created 9 December 1806 from Henderson County.
County seat: Madisonville [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

1829--A disaster destroyed some records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Hopkins County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Anton Earlington Madisonville Pee Vee
Ashbyburg Fiddle Bow Manitou Rabbit Ridge
Barnsley Fies Mitchell Hill Richland
Beulah Grapevine Mortons Gap Saint Charles
Brentwood Hamby Mount Carmel Sixth Vein
Charleston Hanson Murphy Ford Vandetta
Coiltown Hecla Nebo Veazey
Dalton Ilsley Nortonville Victoria
Daniel Boone Jewel City Oak Hill Wesco
Dawson Springs Kirkwood Springs Olney West Side Heights
Dozier Heights Little Valley Oriole White Plains

Neighboring Counties

Hopkins 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.
18102,964
18205,32279.6%
18306,76327.1%
18409,17135.6%
185012,44135.7%
186011,875−4.5%
187013,82716.4%
188019,12238.3%
189023,50522.9%
190030,99531.9%
191034,29110.6%
192034,133−0.5%
193037,4499.7%
194037,7890.9%
195038,8152.7%
196038,458−0.9%
197038,167−0.8%
198046,17421.0%
199046,126−0.1%
200046,5190.9%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21107.txt

For tips on accessing Hopkins 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
  • [Anderson] Mills, Elizabeth Shown. "A Case Study in Family Reconstruction Within a 'Burned County,'" The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 27, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1983):3-19, Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1986):174-187; Vol. 30, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1986):263-273; digital versions at American Ancestors ($); Historic Pathways; reprinted in Genealogy: A Publication of the Family History Section, Indiana Historical Society, No. 78 (July 1983):1-10 (available for free online at Historic Pathways). Digital version also at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 27 (1983), v. 30 (1986).
  • [Ashby] Ashby, Stephen. Ashby Family, Ky. Wills and Marriages of Hopkins County, Ky. Typescript, 1949. FHL Film 858667 Item 6
  • [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
  • [Crow] Hecathorn, Ann Austin and Catherine Dulany Austin and Mary Louise Garner. John S. Crow and Nancy W. Hutcheson of Mecklenburg County, Virginia and Hopkins County, Kentucky: A Compliation of Collected Materials Pertaining to Their Ancestors, Their Lives and Their Descendants. [Earlville, Ill.]: A.A. Hecathorn, 1992. FHLnbsp;Book 929.273 C885a
  • [Hampton] Corum, Frank. "The Benefit of an Unusual Name: Charles Chester Colson Hampton," Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy, Vol. 4, No. 1 (May/June 1995):3-11. FHL Book 975.51 D25t. [Discusses Virginia origin of the Hampton family of Hopkins County, Kentucky.]
  • [Henry] Austin, Catherine Dulany and Ann Austin Hecathorn. Joseph Henry and Alvira Crow Henry of Hopkins County, Kentucky and Jefferson County, Illinois. [Earlville, Ill.]: A.A. Hecathorn, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 H396ac
  • [Rudd] Corum, Frank. The Rudd Family of Hopkins County, Kentucky. Hanson, Ky.: F. Corum, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 R831c
  • [Southard] Dugger, Gary D. The Southard Family of Hopkins County, Kentucky. Utica, Ky.: McDowell Publications, 2001. FHL Book 929.273 So87d; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
  • [Timmons] Corum, Frank. Captain George Timmons: Fact and Fiction. Madisonville, Ky.: F. Corum, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 T484c
  • [Tunstall] Morris, Whitmore. The First Tunstalls in Virginia, and Some of Their Descendants. San Antonio, Texas: W. Morris, 1950. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

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 Hopkins 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 Hopkins 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 Hopkins County, Kentucky:


- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Companies I and K.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson's) (Confederate), Companies I and K
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Diamond's) (Confederate), Companies I and K

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hopkins 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 Hopkins County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Hopkins 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 - Hopkins County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517511 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Hopkins County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517512 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874-1876 - Hopkins County Birth Index 1874-1876. Batch C517513 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Hopkins County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517511 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Hopkins County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517514 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Hopkins County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517515 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Hopkins County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Hopkins County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Hopkins County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hopkins 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. 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/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.