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Boyd County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Boyd County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1860
County Seat Catlettsburg


County Courthouse

Boyd County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG


Parent County

1860--Boyd County was created 16 February 1860 from Greenup, Carter and Lawrence Counties.
County seat: Catlettsburg [1]

Boundary Changes

There has been no changes to Boyd County boundaries since it was created.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ashland Durbin Meads Sandy Furnace
Big Sandy Junction Fairview Millseat Savage Branch
Boltsfork Garner Normal Summit
Burnaugh Ironville Princess West Fairview
Cannonsburg Kavanaugh Rockdale Westwood
Catlettsburg Lockwood Rush Winslow
Coalton Mavity

Neighboring Counties


African American

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

Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc.

Biographies for Boyd County Kentucky at Genealogy Trails History Group


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • 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
  • Boyd 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. 


Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-Census
Census online-Boyd Co.,Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky Genealogy-Boyd County, Kentucky Poor House 1870


LDS Ward Branch Records

Local Histories

Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-History
Wikipedia-Boyd County, Kentucky


Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-Military
Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-World War I Memorial
Kentucky Genealogy Trails-Military Records for Boyd County Kentucky


Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives Newspapers 


Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-Obituraries

Vital Records

Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives- Deaths
Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-Marriages
(Boyd County Kentucky) Marriages
(Boyd County Kentucky) Negro Marriages
Boyd County Marriage Index 1907

Societies and Libraries 

Boyd County Public Library

Boyd County Historical Society
2734 Jackson Avenue
Ashland KY 41101

Catlettsburg Historical Society
3420 Spring Street
Catlettsburg KY 41129



  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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