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Guide to Webster 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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Founded February 29, 1860
County Seat Dixon
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Contents

Webster County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Webster County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1860
1860
1860
1860
1860
1860
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Webster County Courthouse, Dixon, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Webster County Courthouse
25 Main Street
Dixon, KY 42409-0155
Phone: 270.639.7006[1]

Webster County Kentucky History

Parent County

1860--Webster County was created 29 February 1860 from Henderson, Hopkins and Union Counties.
County seat: Dixon [2]

Boundary Changes

County Pronunciation

Record Loss

Webster County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Bellville Fairmont Ortiz Tilden
Blackford Free Union Poole Vanderburg
Breton Gatesville Pratt Virginia
Clay Hearin Providence Wanamaker
Derby Jolly Rock Spring West Wheatcroft
Diamond Lisman Sebree Wheatcroft
Dixon Little Zion Shelton Williams
Elmwood Onton Slaughters

Neighboring Counties

Webster County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American

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.  %±
1860 7,533
1870 10,937 45.2%
1880 14,246 30.3%
1890 17,196 20.7%
1900 20,097 16.9%
1910 20,974 4.4%
1920 20,762 −1.0%
1930 20,534 −1.1%
1940 19,198 −6.5%
1950 15,555 −19.0%
1960 14,244 −8.4%
1970 13,282 −6.8%
1980 14,832 11.7%
1990 13,955 −5.9%
2000 14,120 1.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Webster 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
  • [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
  • [Proctor] "Notes on a Proctor Family of Northeastern Rutherford Co., N.C.," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 38, No. 3 (August 2010):102-110. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 38

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 Webster 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 Webster 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 Webster County, Kentucky:


- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Companies A and C.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Webster County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Webster 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 Webster County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Webster 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
  • 1874-1875 - Webster County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C518171 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Webster County Birth Index 1875. Batch C518172 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1875 - Webster County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M518173 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1877 - Webster County Marriage Index 1876-1877. Batch M518174 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Webster County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

The primary branch of the Webster County library is located in Dixon, Kentucky, and maintains a genealogy section including local histories, many local newspapers on microfilm, and microfilmed copies of county vital records.

A satellite library branch exists in Providence, Kentucky, and maintains a smaller genealogy section, mostly focusing on historical photographs.

Family History Centers

Webster County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Webster County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Webster 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 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.