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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky|Kentucky ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Ballard_County,_Kentucky|Ballard County]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky|Kentucky ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Ballard_County,_Kentucky|Ballard County]]''  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Ballard County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption KYGenWeb
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| custom_text = <center>County Coordinator<br>'''[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/ Ballard Co. KYGenWeb]'''</center>
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| county_map = Ballard_County_svg.png
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| state = Kentucky
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| state_map = Kentucky.png
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| founded year = 1842
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| founded date = February 15
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| seat wl = Wickliffe
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}}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:{{KYBallardcourthouse}}]]  
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|-
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#ffcc99" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Land|Deeds]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Ballard County, Kentucky#Probate|Wills]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1879
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1842
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1879
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
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[[Image:{{KYBallardcourthouse}}]]&nbsp;
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[http://www.ballardcounty.ky.gov/ Ballard County Courthouse]<br>424 Court Street<br>PO Box 145<br>Wickliffe, KY 42087-0145<br>Phone: 270.335.5168&nbsp;<br><br>Courthouse burned in 1880<br>County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1880. <br>Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kootenai, Idaho page 178, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1842--'''Ballard County was&nbsp;created 15 February 1842&nbsp;from [[Hickman County, Kentucky|Hickman]] and [[McCracken County, Kentucky|McCracken]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Wickliffe <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1842--'''Ballard County was&nbsp;created 15 February 1842&nbsp;from [[Hickman County, Kentucky|Hickman]] and [[McCracken County, Kentucky|McCracken]] Counties. Ballard County lies in the Jackson Purchase region of far western Kentucky. <br><br>'''County seat: '''Wickliffe <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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Carlisle County was&nbsp;created entirely from Ballard County on May 3, 1886,
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1880--'''A disaster destroyed most records.  
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'''1880--'''A&nbsp;fire destroyed most records, but&nbsp;many land documents were re-entered into the court files in the next several years. See extracts from&nbsp;many of those files on land records at [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/ KYGenWeb Project, Ballard County, Kentucky]
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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| Bandana  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandana,_Kentucky Bandana]
 
| Gage  
 
| Gage  
| La Center  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Center,_Kentucky La Center]
 
| New York
 
| New York
 
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| Barlow  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barlow,_Kentucky Barlow]
 
| Hinkleville  
 
| Hinkleville  
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195206&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Ballard%2C+Lovelaceville&columns=*,0,0 Lovelaceville]
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| Oscar
 
| Oscar
 
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| Blandville  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blandville,_Kentucky Blandville]
 
| Ingleside  
 
| Ingleside  
| Monkeys Eyebrow  
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| [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monkeys_Eyebrow,_Kentucky Monkeys Eyebrow]
 
| Slater
 
| Slater
 
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| Ceredo  
 
| Ceredo  
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195205&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Ballard%2C+Kevil&columns=*,0,0 Kevil]
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| Needmore  
 
| Needmore  
| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195207&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Ballard%2C+Wickliffe&columns=*,0,0 Wickcliffe]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
==== African American ====
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==== African Americans ====
  
The following have information concerning African American research.&nbsp; Both should be used:  
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''[[African American Research|United States African Americans]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kentucky African Americans|Kentucky African Americans]]''
  
*&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/African_American_Research African American Research] (US) has more information about the kinds of records
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/Ballard/ballard.htm Kentucky African American Griots&nbsp;]has more information about the kinds of records
 
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*&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Minorities Kentucky Minorities] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through [http://www.raogk.org/kentucky.htm Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] may&nbsp;take photographs of headstones found in&nbsp;county cemeteries.  
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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Lookup volunteers who own books listing cemetery burials through [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/Lookups.html Ballard County KYGenWeb] will look up information.  
  
*Kentucky Historical Society&nbsp;[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp Cemetery Search]&nbsp;can be searched by name, place and/or date.&nbsp; This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.&nbsp; <br>
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/CemeteryRecords.html Ballard Co. KYGenWeb Cemeteries Page] has a list of the county cemeteries and recent photos of many, as well as some grave listings.
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*Kentucky Historical Society&nbsp;[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp Cemetery Search]&nbsp;can be searched by name, place and/or date.&nbsp; This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky.&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/ballard.html Ballard Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=historical_records Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|565204|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Ballard County.}}&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3698&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=33&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Ballard 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.
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
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==== Census  ====
  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=992 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Ballard County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,
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{{USCensusPop
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| 1850= 5496
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| 1860= 8692
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| 1870= 12576
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| 1880= 14378
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| 1890= 8390
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| 1900= 10761
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| 1910= 12690
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| 1920= 12045
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| 1930= 9910
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| 1940= 9480
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| 1950= 8545
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| 1960= 8291
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| 1970= 8276
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| 1980= 8798
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| 1990= 7902
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| 2000= 8286
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| estimate= 8245
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| estyear= 2006
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| footnote=http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21007.txt
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/ballard.html Ballard Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*The [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Family History Library Catalog] lists [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=topicdetails&subject=565204&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C++Ballard++%2D++Cemeteries&columns=*,0,0 some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Ballard County.]&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.
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1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Ballard County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Kentucky Census|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.  
  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3698&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=33&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of Ballard 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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See [[Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book|Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book]] for more information about statewide printed indexes.  
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
==== Court  ====
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/SurnameBibleChurch.html Ballard Co. KYGenweb Church Records ]includes Bible records and some church histories.
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~baptist/index.html Baptist Roots at Rootsweb] has many records.
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp;Ballard Co., KY Genweb "[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/Churches.html A Few Ballard County Churches]" contains numbers on church affiliations and some photos of Ballard County churches.
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♦&nbsp; [http://baptisthistoryhomepage.com/ Baptist History Homepage] - lots of transcribed Baptist documents
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♦&nbsp; [http://www.sbhla.org/info.htm Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives] - a fine research resource
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♦&nbsp; Access Genealogy "[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/bible/kentucky.htm Kentucky Bible Records]"
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==== Court - contact the County Clerk for actual records ====
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Ballard County Court Clerk
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Ballard County Courthouse <br>132 North 4th Street<br>Wickliffe, KY 42087<br>(270) 335-5168
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[[Image:Ballard County KY.jpg|frame|right|300x260px]] ♦&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/DeedIndex.html Ballard Co., KYGenWeb Indexes to Deeds]: After the courthouse fire in 1880, many&nbsp;land transactions were re-recorded. Many are indexed and extracted here.
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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♦&nbsp; ''Ballard County, KY: medical account book of Dr. W.A. Moffitt of Kevil, KY&nbsp;<br>''&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Author Don Simmons <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Publisher Simmons Historical Publications, 1993 <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Length 87 pages <br>
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♦&nbsp; Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society (see link below)
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/Lookups.html Ballard County KYGenWeb Lookups ]in local history books
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp; [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/files/BALLARD1880sMap.jpg Ballard County KYGenWeb 1880 Map] with post offices (includes Carlisle Co.)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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♦&nbsp; [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/Military.html Ballard County KYGenWeb Military Records &amp; Sources]&nbsp;- list of sources
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♦ &nbsp;[http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=519&mtch=868&q=kentucky&cat=GP21&dt=194&tf=F&bc=,sl,sd Kentucky Casualties in Korean Conflict NARA&nbsp;]&nbsp;- see what National Archives holds
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♦&nbsp; [http://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=513&mtch=1055&q=kentucky&cat=GP21&dt=197&tf=F&bc=,sl,sd Kentucky Casualty/MIA/POW Vietnam NARA&nbsp;] - see what National Archives holds<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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♦&nbsp; [http://www.ky-news.com/section/the-advance-yeoman The Advance Yeoman] -
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♦&nbsp; [http://ballardweekly.com/ Ballard Weekly]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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♦&nbsp; [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/Wills.html Ballard County KYGenWeb Extraction of Wills ](1880 - 1918 complete)
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♦ '''1879-1924''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Book A (1879-1924)|access=browse}} has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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♦ &nbsp;{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Ballard|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog }}- listings of books and microfilm
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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♦&nbsp; [http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/TaxIndex.html Ballard County KYGenWeb ]Ongoing transcription of tax records (1843 &amp; 1848 complete)
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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♦&nbsp; [http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/death/search.cgi KY Death Records] - Index to Kentucky deaths from years 1911&nbsp;to 2000 (free)
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♦&nbsp; [http://www.ancestry.com KY Deaths from 1852-1953 ]- actual copies of death certs or records (pay site)
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♦&nbsp; [http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Social Security Death Index] - modern death record dates (free)
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==== Societies and Libraries  ====
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♦&nbsp;&nbsp;[http://www.ballard-carlisle-ky-genealogy.com/ Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society]
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==== Family History Library  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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Paducah Kentucky <br>320 Birch St<br>Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States<br>Phone: 270-443-8381 (call first, hours may change)<br>Hours: T 10am-3pm; Th 9:30am-2pm; Sat: 10am-4pm
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♦&nbsp; '''Ballard County Library'''
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Ballard/Carlisle/Livingston Public Library System<br>132 North Fourth Street<br>Wickliffe, KY 42087<br>Phone: 270-335-5059<br>Contact: Mainord, Sonya<br>Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 428<br>Bardwell, KY 42023-0428<br>
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/ Ballard County KYGenWeb] project. Pages of photos, maps, family research, links.  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=195204&subject_disp=Kentucky%2C+Ballard&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/ballard/ Ballard County KY Kindred Trails]. No information but lots of links
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*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Ballard|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Ballard/ BallardCounty, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Ballard/ BallardCounty, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History ](Linkpendium)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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♦ &nbsp;[http://www.kentuckyexplorer.com/ Kentucky Explorer Magazine]
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♦ &nbsp;[http://www.kygs.org/backissu.htm Kentucky Genealogical Society Bluegrass Roots ](back issues)
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♦&nbsp; [http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=persi&rank=1&new=1&so=3&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=ms_db&msypn__ftp=Kentucky%2C+USA&msypn=20&msypn_PInfo=5-%7C1652393%7C2%7C3246%7C20%7C&uidh=ze3 PERSI] (largest index of genealogical periodicals
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♦&nbsp; [http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/genperioperi.html Local History and Genealogy Reading Room] from the National Government <br><references />  
  
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Ballard County, Kentucky
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Map of Kentucky highlighting Ballard County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 15, 1842
County Seat Wickliffe
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1879 1852 1850 1842 1879
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Ballard County Courthouse, Wickliffe, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
 

Ballard County Courthouse
424 Court Street
PO Box 145
Wickliffe, KY 42087-0145
Phone: 270.335.5168 

Courthouse burned in 1880
County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1880.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and probate records.[1]

History

Parent County

1842--Ballard County was created 15 February 1842 from Hickman and McCracken Counties. Ballard County lies in the Jackson Purchase region of far western Kentucky.

County seat: Wickliffe [2]

Boundary Changes

Carlisle County was created entirely from Ballard County on May 3, 1886,

Record Loss

1880--A fire destroyed most records, but many land documents were re-entered into the court files in the next several years. See extracts from many of those files on land records at KYGenWeb Project, Ballard County, Kentucky

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bandana Gage La Center New York
Barlow Hinkleville Lovelaceville Oscar
Blandville Ingleside Monkeys Eyebrow Slater
Ceredo Kevil Needmore Wickcliffe

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African Americans

United States African Americans Gotoarrow.png Kentucky African Americans

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Lookup volunteers who own books listing cemetery burials through Ballard County KYGenWeb will look up information.

  • Ballard Co. KYGenWeb Cemeteries Page has a list of the county cemeteries and recent photos of many, as well as some grave listings.
  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net
  • Ballard Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 
  • The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Ballard County.  Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
  • ePodunk list of Ballard 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.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18505,496
18608,69258.2%
187012,57644.7%
188014,37814.3%
18908,390−41.6%
190010,76128.3%
191012,69017.9%
192012,045−5.1%
19309,910−17.7%
19409,480−4.3%
19508,545−9.9%
19608,291−3.0%
19708,276−0.2%
19808,7986.3%
19907,902−10.2%
20008,2864.9%
Est. 20068,245−0.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21007.txt


1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Ballard 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

♦  Ballard Co. KYGenweb Church Records includes Bible records and some church histories.

♦  Baptist Roots at Rootsweb has many records.

♦  Ballard Co., KY Genweb "A Few Ballard County Churches" contains numbers on church affiliations and some photos of Ballard County churches.

♦  Baptist History Homepage - lots of transcribed Baptist documents

♦  Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives - a fine research resource

♦  Access Genealogy "Kentucky Bible Records"

Court - contact the County Clerk for actual records

Ballard County Court Clerk

Ballard County Courthouse
132 North 4th Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
(270) 335-5168

Land

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♦   Ballard Co., KYGenWeb Indexes to Deeds: After the courthouse fire in 1880, many land transactions were re-recorded. Many are indexed and extracted here.

Local Histories

♦  Ballard County, KY: medical account book of Dr. W.A. Moffitt of Kevil, KY 
    Author Don Simmons
    Publisher Simmons Historical Publications, 1993
    Length 87 pages

♦  Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society (see link below)

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Lookups in local history books

Maps

♦   Ballard County KYGenWeb 1880 Map with post offices (includes Carlisle Co.)

Military

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Military Records & Sources - list of sources

♦  Kentucky Casualties in Korean Conflict NARA  - see what National Archives holds

♦  Kentucky Casualty/MIA/POW Vietnam NARA  - see what National Archives holds

Newspapers

♦  The Advance Yeoman -

♦  Ballard Weekly

Probate

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Extraction of Wills (1880 - 1918 complete)

1879-1924 - Will Book A (1879-1924) has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.

♦  Family History Library Catalog- listings of books and microfilm

Taxation

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Ongoing transcription of tax records (1843 & 1848 complete)

Vital Records

♦  KY Death Records - Index to Kentucky deaths from years 1911 to 2000 (free)

♦  KY Deaths from 1852-1953 - actual copies of death certs or records (pay site)

♦  Social Security Death Index - modern death record dates (free)

Societies and Libraries

♦  Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society

Family History Library

Paducah Kentucky
320 Birch St
Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Phone: 270-443-8381 (call first, hours may change)
Hours: T 10am-3pm; Th 9:30am-2pm; Sat: 10am-4pm

♦  Ballard County Library

Ballard/Carlisle/Livingston Public Library System
132 North Fourth Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Phone: 270-335-5059
Contact: Mainord, Sonya
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 428
Bardwell, KY 42023-0428

Web Sites

References

♦  Kentucky Explorer Magazine

♦  Kentucky Genealogical Society Bluegrass Roots (back issues)

♦  PERSI (largest index of genealogical periodicals

♦  Local History and Genealogy Reading Room from the National Government
  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kootenai, Idaho page 178, 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).