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Founded January 15, 1811
County Seat Morganfield
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Kentucky county in the Western Coal Fields region.

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Union County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Union County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1811
1852
1820
1811
1811
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Union County Courthouse, Morganfield, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
  
Union County Courthouse
 PO Box 119
Morganfield, KY 42437
Phone: 270.389.1334[1]

Union County Kentucky History

Parent County

1811--Union County was created 15 January 1811 from Henderson County.
County seat: Morganfield [2]

Boundary Changes

Webster county was formed in 1860. Some portions were taken from Union County.

Records from before 1860 in areas that became part of Webster county are still maintained at the Union County courthouse in Morganfield.

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

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Union County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Arnold Curlew Hazel Saint Vincent
Blackburn Dekoven Henshaw Spring Grove
Bordley Flournoy Hitesville Sturgis
Boxville Givens King Mills Sullivan
Breckinridge Center Grangertown Morganfield The Rocks
Caseyville Grove Center Mulfordtown Uniontown
Chapman Hamner Pride Waverly
Cullen Harding Raleigh Yuba

Neighboring Counties

Union County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

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.  %±
1820 3,470
1830 4,764 37.3%
1840 6,673 40.1%
1850 9,012 35.1%
1860 12,791 41.9%
1870 13,640 6.6%
1880 17,809 30.6%
1890 18,229 2.4%
1900 21,326 17.0%
1910 19,886 −6.8%
1920 18,040 −9.3%
1930 17,053 −5.5%
1940 17,411 2.1%
1950 14,893 −14.5%
1960 14,537 −2.4%
1970 15,882 9.3%
1980 17,821 12.2%
1990 16,557 −7.1%
2000 15,637 −5.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Union 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.

USGS GNIS search results for Union County, Kentucky churches 

Census

Church

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
  • [Blackwell] Hardy, Stella Pickett. Colonial Families of the Southern States of America. New York: Tobias A. Wright, 1911. Digital version at Google Books - free.
  • [Chapman] "A Brief History of the Chapman Family of Frederick County," Frederick Findings, Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1988):42-43. FHL Book 975.59 D25f.
  • [Gilkey] Gilkey, Kenneth Edward. Gilkeys of Early Kentucky 1780-2000: This Book Focuses Primarily on William Gilkey of Caldwell Co., Ky. and His Descendants and His Brothers, David Gilkey of Union County, Ky. and John Gilkey of Nelson Co. Ky. and Their Descendants. Newburgh, Ind.: K.E. Gilkey, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 G397g

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 Union 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 Union 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 Union County, Kentucky:

- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Companies C, D, F, and H.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Diamond's) (Confederate). Companies C, D, F, and H.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson's) (Confederate). Companies C, D, F, and H.

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Union County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Union 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 Union County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Union 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
  • 1852-1859 - Union County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C518031 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Union County Birth Index 1874. Batch C518032 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Union County Birth Index 1875. Batch C518033 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1854-1862 - Union County Marriage Index 1854-1862. Batch M518031 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-1876 - Union County Marriage Index 1875-1876. Batch M518034 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1878 - Union County Marriage Index 1878. Batch M518035 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Union County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Union County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Union County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Union 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 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/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.


 

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