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<div style="width: 74%; padding-right: 1px; float:right"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[Kentucky]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Kentucky page,<br>the Bluegrass State{{/p}}
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[[Image:{{KYDerbypic}}|Kentucky Derby]]'''Kentucky''' was formed in 1792. Many of its earliest settlers came down the Ohio River from [[Pennsylvania]] or through the Cumberland Gap from [[Virginia]] and [[North Carolina]]. <br><br>{{KYDC|left}}<br><br><br><br><br>
  
}}<div style="width: 74%; padding-right: 1px; float: left"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]]&nbsp; [[Kentucky]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to the Kentucky page,<br>the Bluegrass State{{/p}}[[Image:{{KYDerbypic}}|<center>Kentucky Derby<center></center>]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*70,000 walked/rode horseback on the [[Wilderness Road]] to KY before 1796
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Marriage_Records|County marriages]] are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY
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*Eloping couples went to [[Mason County, Kentucky|Mason Co.]], or [[Pike County, Kentucky|Pike Co.]] to avoid waiting to marry
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*KY/TN border was disputed to 1859 - some did not know where they lived&nbsp;- look for family [[Kentucky Land and Property|land records]] in both<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed., ''Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed.'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 239. ({{FHL|479190|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}). [[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 WorldCat entry]].</ref>  
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*Some early KY records are in Virginia
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1. Birth Information<br>2.&nbsp;Marriage Information<br>'''3. '''[[Kentucky Research: Finding Death Information|'''Death Information''']]<br>4. Unknown Parents
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=== Counties  ===
 
=== Counties  ===
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
=== Major Repositories  ===
  
{{Adoption KYGenWeb}}[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Archives_and_Libraries Kentucky State Archives], Frankfort{{·}} [http://www.filsonhistorical.org/ Filson Library], Louisville{{·}} [https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Historical_Society#Special_Collections_Reading_Room Martin F. Schmidt Research Library], Frankfort{{·}} [[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]]{{·}} [[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]] (Fort Wayne, Indiana)  
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{{Adoption KYGenWeb}}[[Kentucky Archives and Libraries|Kentucky State Archives]], Frankfort{{·}} [http://www.filsonhistorical.org/ Filson Library], Louisville{{·}} [[Kentucky Historical Society#Special_Collections_Reading_Room|Martin F. Schmidt Research Library]], Frankfort{{·}} [[National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta)]]{{·}} [[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]] (Fort Wayne, Indiana)  
  
 
=== Migration Routes  ===
 
=== Migration Routes  ===
  
Cumberland River{{·}} Green River{{·}} Kentucky River{{·}} Licking River{{·}} Mississippi River{{·}} Ohio River{{·}} Tennessee River{{·}} [[Louisville and Portland Canal]]{{·}} [[Buffalo Trace]]{{·}} [[Catawba Trail]]{{·}} [[Cumberland and Great Lake Trail]]{{·}} [[Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail]]{{·}} [[Great Valley Road]]{{·}} [[Kentucky Road]]{{·}} [[Maysville Turnpike]]{{·}} [[Nashville-Saline River Trail]]{{·}} [[Russellville-Shawneetown Trail]]{{·}} [[Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail]]{{·}} [[Warriors Path]]{{·}} [[Wilderness Road]]{{·}} [http://www.touring-ohio.com/history/zane-trace.html Zane's Trace]  
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Cumberland River{{·}} Green River{{·}} Kentucky River{{·}} Licking River{{·}} [[Mississippi River]]{{·}} Ohio River{{·}} Tennessee River{{·}} [[Louisville and Portland Canal]]{{·}} [[Buffalo Trace]]{{·}} [[Catawba Trail]]{{·}} [[Cumberland and Great Lake Trail]]{{·}} [[Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail]]{{·}} [[Great Valley Road]]{{·}} [[Kentucky Road]]{{·}} [[Maysville Turnpike]]{{·}} [[Nashville-Saline River Trail]]{{·}} [[Russellville-Shawneetown Trail]]{{·}} [[Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail]]{{·}} [[Warriors Path]]{{·}} [[Wilderness Road]]{{·}} [http://www.touring-ohio.com/history/zane-trace.html Zane's Trace]  
  
=== Research Tools  ===
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=== &nbsp;Research Tools  ===
  
 
*The [http://www.kygenweb.net/ Kentucky GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.  
 
*The [http://www.kygenweb.net/ Kentucky GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.  
 
*[http://www.fbgsonline.com/internet%20Kentucky.html Kentucky Online Resources] list of Internet links arranged by topic to help with Kentucky genealogy research.  
 
*[http://www.fbgsonline.com/internet%20Kentucky.html Kentucky Online Resources] list of Internet links arranged by topic to help with Kentucky genealogy research.  
*[http://kentuckypioneers.blogspot.com/ Kentucky Pioneers] blog of name lists in wills, genealogies, estates, Bible records, and gedcom files; enticing you to buy transcript books.
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*[http://kentuckypioneers.blogspot.com/ Kentucky Pioneers] blog of name lists in wills, genealogies, estates, Bible records, and gedcom files; enticing you to buy transcript books.  
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/kentuckygenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Kentucky]
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
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*[[Kentucky Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Kentucky Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
*[[Kentucky Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Kentucky Statewide Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>  
 
*[[Kentucky, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Kentucky, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
 
*[[Kentucky, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Kentucky, Service Records of Confederate Soldiers of the Civil War (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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=== Most unique genealogical features  ===
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*70,000 walked/rode horseback on the [[Wilderness Road]] to KY before 1796
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*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Marriage_Records|County marriages]] are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY
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*Eloping couples went to [[Mason County, Kentucky|Mason Co.]], or [[Pike County, Kentucky|Pike Co.]] to avoid waiting to marry
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*KY/TN border was disputed to 1859 - some did not know where they lived&nbsp;- look for family [[Kentucky Land and Property|land records]] in both<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed., ''Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed.'' (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 239. ({{FHL|479190|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27rb}}). [[http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/55947869 WorldCat entry]].</ref>
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*Some early KY records are in Virginia
  
 
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*Did you know you can find your infamous Kentucky ancestors at [http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/kentucky.shtml Kentucky Blacksheep Ancestors]?
 
*Did you know you can find your infamous Kentucky ancestors at [http://www.blacksheepancestors.com/usa/kentucky.shtml Kentucky Blacksheep Ancestors]?
  
=== Things you can do ===
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=== Obtain Additional Help ===
  
Below list some of the many tasks you can help with: <br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyGenealogy?fref=ts Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;&nbsp;
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*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Kentucky Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
  
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United States  go to  Kentucky

Welcome to the Kentucky page,
the Bluegrass State

Kentucky Derby
Kentucky was formed in 1792. Many of its earliest settlers came down the Ohio River from Pennsylvania or through the Cumberland Gap from Virginia and North Carolina.






   How to Find Information about Kentucky Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information
4. Unknown Parents

Counties

Extinct Counties:  Beckham | Fincastle | Josh Bell | Kentucky

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.
Muhlenberg CountyBreckinridge CountyHardin CountyMeade CountyHancock CountyOhio CountyGrayson CountyEdmonson CountyDaviess CountyFulton CountyGraves CountyHickman CountyCarlisle CountyBallard CountyMcCracken CountyCalloway CountyMarshall CountyLyon CountyLivingston CountyCrittenden CountyUnion CountyWebster CountyHenderson CountyMcLean CountyTodd CountyTrigg CountyChristian CountyCaldwell CountyHopkins CountyButler CountyWarren CountySimpson CountyAllen CountyMonroe CountyCumberland CountyClinton CountyWayne CountyMcCreary CountyWhitley CountyBell CountyHarlan CountyLetcher CountyPerry CountyPike CountyMartin CountyLawrence CountyBoyd CountyGreenup CountyLewis CountyMason CountyBracken CountyPendleton CountyCampbell CountyKenton CountyBoone CountyGallatin CountyCarroll CountyTrimble CountyOldham CountyShelby CountySpencer CountyNelson CountyWashington CountyMarion CountyTaylor CountyCasey CountyPulaski CountyLaurel CountyJefferson CountyBullitt CountyLarue CountyHart CountyGreen CountyTaylor CountyLogan CountyBarren CountyMetcalfe CountyAdair CountyRussell CountyCasey CountyPulaski CountyLincoln CountyRockcastle CountyMadison CountyGarrard CountyBoyle CountyMercer CountyAnderson CountyWoodford CountyFranklin CountyKnott CountyFloyd CountyMagoffin CountyBreathitt CountyWolfe CountyLee CountyMenifee CountyBourbon CountyNicholas CountyRobertson CountyFleming CountyRowan CountyBath CountyClark CountyEstill CountyOwsley CountyClay CountyLaurel CountyKnox CountyHenry CountyOwen CountyGrant CountyScott CountyFayette CountyHarrison CountyJessamine CountyPowell CountyMontgomery CountyCarter CountyMorgan CountyElliott CountyJohnson CountyLeslie CountyJackson CountyKentucky-county-map.gif

Major Repositories

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Kentucky State Archives, Frankfort · Filson Library, Louisville · Martin F. Schmidt Research Library, Frankfort · National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta) · Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Migration Routes

Cumberland River · Green River · Kentucky River · Licking River · Mississippi River · Ohio River · Tennessee River · Louisville and Portland Canal · Buffalo Trace · Catawba Trail · Cumberland and Great Lake Trail · Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail · Great Valley Road · Kentucky Road · Maysville Turnpike · Nashville-Saline River Trail · Russellville-Shawneetown Trail · Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail · Warriors Path · Wilderness Road · Zane's Trace

 Research Tools

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Most unique genealogical features

  • 70,000 walked/rode horseback on the Wilderness Road to KY before 1796
  • County marriages are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY
  • Eloping couples went to Mason Co., or Pike Co. to avoid waiting to marry
  • KY/TN border was disputed to 1859 - some did not know where they lived - look for family land records in both[1]
  • Some early KY records are in Virginia

Featured Content

Kentucky was a "state-land" state, meaning the state government appropriated all land within its borders. Land was surveyed in odd-sized lots in much of the state, but west of the Tennessee River it was surveyed in townships. Several types of land grants were issued in Kentucky. Warrants authorizing surveys of the desired land were issued to persons qualified to receive grants for military service (military warrants) or cash payments (treasury warrants). Read more about land and property records in the Kentucky Land and Property article.
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The following databases are available online at the Kentucky Land Office website:

  • Virginia Patent Series and Old Kentucky Patent Series.
  • Revolutionary War Warrants database.
  • West of Tennessee River Military Patents database
  • Certificates of Settlement and Preemption Warrants database.
  • Virginia Treasury Warrants Register,
  • Lincoln Entries database.
  • County Court Order Patents database.
  • Jackson Purchase database.
  • West of Tennessee River Non-Military Patents Database.

Did you know?

  • The most prominent early Indian tribes in Kentucky were the Cherokee, Chickasaws, and Shawnee. Most of these tribes were eliminated from Kentucky by about the early 1800s either through warfare or resettlement to other territories by the federal government. No separate records were kept for people with American Indian blood.
  • Did you know you can find your infamous Kentucky ancestors at Kentucky Blacksheep Ancestors?

Obtain Additional Help

Help with the Kentucky Wiki pages

Wiki Volunteers Wanted

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need willing volunteers. You can help:

  • Expand county articles
  • Check links on pages
  • ...and more

Find more opportunities to help with the Kentucky pages.


To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here:

Sources

  1. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 239. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). [WorldCat entry].