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Menifee County, Kentucky
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Founded March 10, 1869
County Seat Frenchburg
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
*Many years between 1869 and 1911 are missing
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 Menifee County Courthouse
 PO Box 213
Frenchburg, KY 40322
Phone: 606-768-3512[1]


Parent County

1869--Menifee County was created 10 March 1869 from Bath, Morgan, Powell, Montgomery and Wolfe Counties.
County seat: Frenchburg [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 website.

Record Loss

1911--A disaster destroyed some records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Artville Denniston Laurel Grove Rebelsville
Back Dog Trot Leatherwood Rothwell
Ballard East Fork Slate Mariba Salt Lick Creek
Big Woods Fagan McCausey Ridge Scranton
Blackwater Flat Rock Means Stoll
Botts Frenchburg Myers Fork Stonequarry
Coburn Hathaway Creek Peter Trace Sudith
Cold Creek Cave Hawkins Branch Pine Grove Trimble Bend
Cornwell Hill Top Pomeroyton Wellington
Craft Korea Ratliff West Dennison

Neighboring Counties



African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.


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.



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 Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy. 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.





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



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


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 Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy 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

  • 1874 - Menifee County Birth Index 1874. Batch C518141 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Menifee County Birth Index 1875. Batch C518142 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Menifee County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M518143 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Menifee County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M518144 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Menifee County, Kentucky page 273, 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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