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Guide to '''Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records
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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>  
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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 Genealogy|Pennsylvania]] or through the Cumberland Gap from [[Virginia Genealogy|Virginia]] and [[North Carolina Genealogy|North Carolina]]. <br><br>{{KYDC|left}}<br><br><br><br><br>  
  
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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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'''1. [[How to Find Kentucky Birth Records|Birth Information]]<br>2. [[How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records|Marriage Information]]<br>3. [[How to Find Kentucky Death Records|Death Information]]'''  
  
 
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*[[Adair County, Kentucky|Adair]]  
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*[[Adair County, Kentucky Genealogy|Adair]]  
*[[Allen County, Kentucky|Allen]]  
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*[[Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy|Allen]]  
*[[Anderson County, Kentucky|Anderson]]  
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*[[Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Anderson]]  
*[[Ballard County, Kentucky|Ballard]]  
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*[[Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy|Ballard]]  
*[[Barren County, Kentucky|Barren]]  
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*[[Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy|Barren]]  
*[[Bath County, Kentucky|Bath]]  
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*[[Bath County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bath]]  
*[[Bell County, Kentucky|Bell]]  
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*[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bell]]  
*[[Boone County, Kentucky|Boone]]  
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*[[Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy|Boone]]  
*[[Bourbon County, Kentucky|Bourbon]]  
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*[[Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bourbon]]  
*[[Boyd County, Kentucky|Boyd]]  
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*[[Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy|Boyd]]  
*[[Boyle County, Kentucky|Boyle]]  
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*[[Boyle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Boyle]]  
*[[Bracken County, Kentucky|Bracken]]  
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*[[Bracken County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bracken]]  
*[[Breathitt County, Kentucky|Breathitt]]  
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*[[Breathitt County, Kentucky Genealogy|Breathitt]]  
*[[Breckinridge County, Kentucky|Breckinridge]]  
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*[[Breckinridge County, Kentucky Genealogy|Breckinridge]]  
*[[Bullitt County, Kentucky|Bullitt]]  
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*[[Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy|Bullitt]]  
*[[Butler County, Kentucky|Butler]]  
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*[[Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy|Butler]]  
*[[Caldwell County, Kentucky|Caldwell]]  
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*[[Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy|Caldwell]]  
*[[Calloway County, Kentucky|Calloway]]  
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*[[Calloway County, Kentucky Genealogy|Calloway]]  
*[[Campbell County, Kentucky|Campbell]]  
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*[[Campbell County, Kentucky Genealogy|Campbell]]  
*[[Carlisle County, Kentucky|Carlisle]]  
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*[[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carlisle]]  
*[[Carroll County, Kentucky|Carroll]]  
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*[[Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carroll]]  
*[[Carter County, Kentucky|Carter]]  
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*[[Carter County, Kentucky Genealogy|Carter]]  
*[[Casey County, Kentucky|Casey]]  
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*[[Casey County, Kentucky Genealogy|Casey]]  
*[[Christian County, Kentucky|Christian]]  
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*[[Christian County, Kentucky Genealogy|Christian]]  
*[[Clark County, Kentucky|Clark]]  
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*[[Clark County, Kentucky Genealogy|Clark]]  
*[[Clay County, Kentucky|Clay]]  
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*[[Clay County, Kentucky Genealogy|Clay]]  
*[[Clinton County, Kentucky|Clinton]]  
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*[[Clinton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Clinton]]  
*[[Crittenden County, Kentucky|Crittenden]]  
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*[[Crittenden County, Kentucky Genealogy|Crittenden]]  
*[[Cumberland County, Kentucky|Cumberland]]  
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*[[Cumberland County, Kentucky Genealogy|Cumberland]]  
*[[Daviess County, Kentucky|Daviess]]
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*[[Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy|Daviess]]
  
 
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*[[Edmonson County, Kentucky|Edmonson]]  
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*[[Edmonson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Edmonson]]  
*[[Elliott County, Kentucky|Elliott]]  
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*[[Elliott County, Kentucky Genealogy|Elliott]]  
*[[Estill County, Kentucky|Estill]]  
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*[[Estill County, Kentucky Genealogy|Estill]]  
*[[Fayette County, Kentucky|Fayette]]  
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*[[Fayette County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fayette]]  
*[[Fleming County, Kentucky|Fleming]]  
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*[[Fleming County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fleming]]  
*[[Floyd County, Kentucky|Floyd]]  
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*[[Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy|Floyd]]  
*[[Franklin County, Kentucky|Franklin]]  
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*[[Franklin County, Kentucky Genealogy|Franklin]]  
*[[Fulton County, Kentucky|Fulton]]  
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*[[Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Fulton]]  
*[[Gallatin County, Kentucky|Gallatin]]  
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*[[Gallatin County, Kentucky Genealogy|Gallatin]]  
*[[Garrard County, Kentucky|Garrard]]  
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*[[Garrard County, Kentucky Genealogy|Garrard]]  
*[[Grant County, Kentucky|Grant]]  
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*[[Grant County, Kentucky Genealogy|Grant]]  
*[[Graves County, Kentucky|Graves]]  
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*[[Graves County, Kentucky Genealogy|Graves]]  
*[[Grayson County, Kentucky|Grayson]]  
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*[[Grayson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Grayson]]  
*[[Green County, Kentucky|Green]]  
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*[[Green County, Kentucky Genealogy|Green]]  
*[[Greenup County, Kentucky|Greenup]]  
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*[[Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy|Greenup]]  
*[[Hancock County, Kentucky|Hancock]]  
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*[[Hancock County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hancock]]  
*[[Hardin County, Kentucky|Hardin]]  
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*[[Hardin County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hardin]]  
*[[Harlan County, Kentucky|Harlan]]  
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*[[Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Harlan]]  
*[[Harrison County, Kentucky|Harrison]]  
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*[[Harrison County, Kentucky Genealogy|Harrison]]  
*[[Hart County, Kentucky|Hart]]  
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*[[Hart County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hart]]  
*[[Henderson County, Kentucky|Henderson]]  
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*[[Henderson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Henderson]]  
*[[Henry County, Kentucky|Henry]]  
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*[[Henry County, Kentucky Genealogy|Henry]]  
*[[Hickman County, Kentucky|Hickman]]  
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*[[Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hickman]]  
*[[Hopkins County, Kentucky|Hopkins]]  
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*[[Hopkins County, Kentucky Genealogy|Hopkins]]  
*[[Jackson County, Kentucky|Jackson]]  
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*[[Jackson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Jackson]]  
*[[Jefferson County, Kentucky|Jefferson]]  
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*[[Jefferson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Jefferson]]  
*[[Jessamine County, Kentucky|Jessamine]]  
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*[[Jessamine County, Kentucky Genealogy|Jessamine]]  
*[[Johnson County, Kentucky|Johnson]]  
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*[[Johnson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Johnson]]  
*[[Kenton County, Kentucky|Kenton]]  
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*[[Kenton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Kenton]]  
*[[Knott County, Kentucky|Knott]]
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*[[Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy|Knott]]
  
 
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*[[Knox County, Kentucky|Knox]]  
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*[[Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy|Knox]]  
*[[Larue County, Kentucky|Larue]]  
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*[[Larue County, Kentucky Genealogy|Larue]]  
*[[Laurel County, Kentucky|Laurel]]  
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*[[Laurel County, Kentucky Genealogy|Laurel]]  
*[[Lawrence County, Kentucky|Lawrence]]  
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*[[Lawrence County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lawrence]]  
*[[Lee County, Kentucky|Lee]]  
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*[[Lee County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lee]]  
*[[Leslie County, Kentucky|Leslie]]  
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*[[Leslie County, Kentucky Genealogy|Leslie]]  
*[[Letcher County, Kentucky|Letcher]]  
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*[[Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy|Letcher]]  
*[[Lewis County, Kentucky|Lewis]]  
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*[[Lewis County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lewis]]  
*[[Lincoln County, Kentucky|Lincoln]]  
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*[[Lincoln County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lincoln]]  
*[[Livingston County, Kentucky|Livingston]]  
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*[[Livingston County, Kentucky Genealogy|Livingston]]  
*[[Logan County, Kentucky|Logan]]  
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*[[Logan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Logan]]  
*[[Lyon County, Kentucky|Lyon]]  
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*[[Lyon County, Kentucky Genealogy|Lyon]]  
*[[Madison County, Kentucky|Madison]]  
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*[[Madison County, Kentucky Genealogy|Madison]]  
*[[Magoffin County, Kentucky|Magoffin]]  
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*[[Magoffin County, Kentucky Genealogy|Magoffin]]  
*[[Marion County, Kentucky|Marion]]  
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*[[Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Marshall County, Kentucky|Marshall]]  
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*[[Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy|Marshall]]  
*[[Martin County, Kentucky|Martin]]  
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*[[Martin County, Kentucky Genealogy|Martin]]  
*[[Mason County, Kentucky|Mason]]  
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*[[Mason County, Kentucky Genealogy|Mason]]  
*[[McCracken County, Kentucky|McCracken]]  
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*[[McCracken County, Kentucky Genealogy|McCracken]]  
*[[McCreary County, Kentucky|McCreary]]  
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*[[McCreary County, Kentucky Genealogy|McCreary]]  
*[[McLean County, Kentucky|McLean]]  
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*[[McLean County, Kentucky Genealogy|McLean]]  
*[[Meade County, Kentucky|Meade]]  
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*[[Meade County, Kentucky Genealogy|Meade]]  
*[[Menifee County, Kentucky|Menifee]]  
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*[[Menifee County, Kentucky Genealogy|Menifee]]  
*[[Mercer County, Kentucky|Mercer]]  
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*[[Mercer County, Kentucky Genealogy|Mercer]]  
*[[Metcalfe County, Kentucky|Metcalfe]]  
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*[[Metcalfe County, Kentucky Genealogy|Metcalfe]]  
*[[Monroe County, Kentucky|Monroe]]  
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*[[Monroe County, Kentucky Genealogy|Monroe]]  
*[[Montgomery County, Kentucky|Montgomery]]  
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*[[Montgomery County, Kentucky Genealogy|Montgomery]]  
*[[Morgan County, Kentucky|Morgan]]  
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*[[Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Morgan]]  
*[[Muhlenberg County, Kentucky|Muhlenberg]]  
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*[[Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Genealogy|Muhlenberg]]  
*[[Nelson County, Kentucky|Nelson]]
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*[[Nelson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Nelson]]
  
 
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*[[Nicholas County, Kentucky|Nicholas]]  
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*[[Nicholas County, Kentucky Genealogy|Nicholas]]  
*[[Ohio County, Kentucky|Ohio]]  
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*[[Ohio County, Kentucky Genealogy|Ohio]]  
*[[Oldham County, Kentucky|Oldham]]  
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*[[Oldham County, Kentucky Genealogy|Oldham]]  
*[[Owen County, Kentucky|Owen]]  
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*[[Owen County, Kentucky Genealogy|Owen]]  
*[[Owsley County, Kentucky|Owsley]]  
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*[[Owsley County, Kentucky Genealogy|Owsley]]  
*[[Pendleton County, Kentucky|Pendleton]]  
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*[[Pendleton County, Kentucky Genealogy|Pendleton]]  
*[[Perry County, Kentucky|Perry]]  
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*[[Perry County, Kentucky Genealogy|Perry]]  
*[[Pike County, Kentucky|Pike]]  
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*[[Pike County, Kentucky Genealogy|Pike]]  
*[[Powell County, Kentucky|Powell]]  
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*[[Powell County, Kentucky Genealogy|Powell]]  
*[[Pulaski County, Kentucky|Pulaski]]  
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*[[Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy|Pulaski]]  
*[[Robertson County, Kentucky|Robertson]]  
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*[[Robertson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Robertson]]  
*[[Rockcastle County, Kentucky|Rockcastle]]  
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*[[Rockcastle County, Kentucky Genealogy|Rockcastle]]  
*[[Rowan County, Kentucky|Rowan]]  
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*[[Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Rowan]]  
*[[Russell County, Kentucky|Russell]]  
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*[[Russell County, Kentucky Genealogy|Russell]]  
*[[Scott County, Kentucky|Scott]]  
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*[[Scott County, Kentucky Genealogy|Scott]]  
*[[Shelby County, Kentucky|Shelby]]  
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*[[Shelby County, Kentucky Genealogy|Shelby]]  
*[[Simpson County, Kentucky|Simpson]]  
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*[[Simpson County, Kentucky Genealogy|Simpson]]  
*[[Spencer County, Kentucky|Spencer]]  
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*[[Spencer County, Kentucky Genealogy|Spencer]]  
*[[Taylor County, Kentucky|Taylor]]  
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*[[Taylor County, Kentucky Genealogy|Taylor]]  
*[[Todd County, Kentucky|Todd]]  
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*[[Todd County, Kentucky Genealogy|Todd]]  
*[[Trigg County, Kentucky|Trigg]]  
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*[[Trigg County, Kentucky Genealogy|Trigg]]  
*[[Trimble County, Kentucky|Trimble]]  
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*[[Trimble County, Kentucky Genealogy|Trimble]]  
*[[Union County, Kentucky|Union]]  
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*[[Union County, Kentucky Genealogy|Union]]  
*[[Warren County, Kentucky|Warren]]  
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*[[Warren County, Kentucky Genealogy|Warren]]  
*[[Washington County, Kentucky|Washington]]  
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*[[Washington County, Kentucky Genealogy|Washington]]  
*[[Wayne County, Kentucky|Wayne]]  
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*[[Wayne County, Kentucky Genealogy|Wayne]]  
*[[Webster County, Kentucky|Webster]]  
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*[[Webster County, Kentucky Genealogy|Webster]]  
*[[Whitley County, Kentucky|Whitley]]  
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*[[Whitley County, Kentucky Genealogy|Whitley]]  
*[[Wolfe County, Kentucky|Wolfe]]  
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*[[Wolfe County, Kentucky Genealogy|Wolfe]]  
*[[Woodford County, Kentucky|Woodford]]
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*[[Woodford County, Kentucky Genealogy|Woodford]]
  
 
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
=== Major Repositories  ===
  
{{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)  
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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]  
  
 
=== &nbsp;Research Tools  ===
 
=== &nbsp;Research Tools  ===
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-vital-records/ How to order Kentucky Vital Records]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/234524476564823/ Kentucky Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-counties/ History &amp; Facts of Kentucky Counties]
 
*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.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-census-records/ Researching Kentucky Census Records]
 
*[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.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-society-archive/ List of Kentucky Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/kentuckygenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Kentucky]
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*[http://www.looking4kin.com/group/kentuckygenealogy Looking 4 Kin Genealogy &amp; Family History Network - Kentucky]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/kentucky/ Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps and Atlases]
  
 
'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:'''  
 
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*70,000 walked/rode horseback on the [[Wilderness Road]] to KY before 1796  
 
*70,000 walked/rode horseback on the [[Wilderness Road]] to KY before 1796  
 
*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Marriage_Records|County marriages]] are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY  
 
*[[Kentucky Vital Records#Marriage_Records|County marriages]] are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY  
*Eloping couples went to [[Mason County, Kentucky|Mason Co.]], or [[Pike County, Kentucky|Pike Co.]] to avoid waiting to marry  
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*Eloping couples went to [[Mason County, Kentucky Genealogy|Mason Co.]], or [[Pike County, Kentucky Genealogy|Pike Co.]] to avoid waiting to marry  
 
*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>  
 
*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>  
 
*Some early KY records are in Virginia
 
*Some early KY records are in Virginia
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*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.  
 
*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 [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]?
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*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Kentucky Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
  
 
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=== Help with the Kentucky Wiki pages  ===
 
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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

[edit] Counties

Extinct Counties:  Beckham | Fincastle | Josh Bell | Kentucky

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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

[edit] 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)

[edit] 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

[edit]  Research Tools

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[edit] 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

[edit] 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.

[edit] 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?

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[edit] 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].

 

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