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Guide to Harlan County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded January 28, 1819
County Seat Harlan
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Harlan County Kentucky Courthouse

Harlan County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Harlan County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1820 1852 1820 1820 1850
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Harlan County Courthouse
205 Central Street PO Box 956
Harlan, KY 40831-0956
Phone: 606.573.3636[1]

Harlan County Kentucky History

Parent County

1819--Harlan County was created 28 January 1819 from Floyd and Knox Counties.
County seat: Harlan [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1863--A disaster destroyed some records.

Harlan County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Ages Coxton Kenvir Rileyville
Alva Cranks Kilday Rio Vista
Bailey Creek Crummies Kitts River Ridge
Bardo Cumberland Laden Rosspoint
Baxter Darkmont Layman Rutherford
Benham Dillon Lenarue Sampson
Benito Dione Liggett Sand Hill
Big Laurel Divide Longton Short Town
Black Bottom Dizney Louellen Smith
Black Mountain Dressen Loyall South Wallins
Blackjoe Elcomb Lynch Stanfill
Blair Evarts Martins Fork Sunshine
Bledsoe Farmers Mill Mary Alice Tacky Town
Bobs Creek Fresh Meadows Mary Helen Teetersville
Brookside Gano Molus Ten Spot
Cawood Gatun Mount Pleasant Three Point
Chad Georgetown Nolansburg Tin Can Alley (hist.)
Chevrolet Golden Ash Pathfork Totz
Closplint Harlan Pine Mountain Tremont
Clover Harlan Gas Putney Tway
Clover-Darby Highsplint Redbud Twila
Clovertown Hiram Rex Verda
Clutts Holmes Mill Rhea Wallins Creek
Coldiron Keith Ridgeway Woods
Colts Kentenia Yancey

Neighboring Counties

Harlan County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African Americans

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

Biographies

Cemeteries

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

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18201,961
18302,92949.4%
18403,0152.9%
18504,26841.6%
18605,49428.7%
18704,415−19.6%
18805,27819.5%
18906,19717.4%
19009,83858.8%
191010,5667.4%
192031,546198.6%
193064,557104.6%
194075,27516.6%
195071,751−4.7%
196051,107−28.8%
197037,370−26.9%
198041,88912.1%
199036,574−12.7%
200033,202−9.2%
Est. 200830,783−7.3%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21095.txt

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

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

  • [Bailey] Armstrong, Zella. Notable Southern Families. Chattanooga, Tenn.: Lookout Publishing Company, 1926. Vol. 3. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Land

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Harlan 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

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

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

Birth
  • 1852-1861 - Harlan County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517451 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Harlan County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517452 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Harlan County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517451 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Harlan County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517453 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Harlan County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517454 at FamilySearch - free.
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Harlan County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Harlan County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Harlan County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harlan County, Kentucky page 271, 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 https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.

 

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