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

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Knox County, Kentucky
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Founded December 19, 1799
County Seat Barbourville
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1800 1852 1810 1800 1803
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Knox County Courthouse
401 Court Square #102
Barbourville, Ky. 40906
Phone: 606.546.3568[1]


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The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[2]

Parent County

1799--Knox county was created 19 December 1799 from Lincoln County.  County seat: Barbourville [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Arkle Dishman Springs Hinkle Siler
Artemus Emanuel Kayjay Sprule
Asbury Erose Middleton Station (hist.) Swan Lake
Barbourville Flat Lick Mockingbird Branch Swanpond
Baughman Gibbs Moore Hill Tedders
Bimble Girdler Old Flat Lick Trosper
Boone Heights Gray Permon Walker
Brush Creek (hist.) Hammond Providence Warren
Cannon Heidrick Rossland Wheeler
Corbin Henry Woodson Station (hist.) Samuel Slaughter Station (hist.) Wilton
Dewitt Himyar Scalf Woollum

Neighboring Counties



African American Research

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



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200732,5282.3%

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


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.



The Hoppers of Knox County are discussed in:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy. 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.



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Knox County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Kentucky



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:




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.

  • 1800 - Stephens, Mrs. Bruce. "Knox County, Kentucky Tax List, 1800," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1985):56-57. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 4 (1985).
  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[5] digitized by Ancestry ($).
  • 1800-1840 - Knox County Tax Lists are available for purchase as digital images in PDF format on CD from Jeff Renner's Genealogical Resources

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

  • 1852-1859 - Knox County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517571 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1874 - Knox County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517572 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1875 - Knox County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517573 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1852-1859 - Knox County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517571 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1875 - Knox County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517574 at FamilySearch - free.[6]
  • 1876-1879 - Knox County Marriage Index 1876-1879. Batch M517575 at FamilySearch - free.[6]

Societies and Libraries 

Knox County Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 528

Barbourville, KY 40906

Records for the Knox County Historical Society are located at the Knox County Library, 206 Knox Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906   Phone: (606) 546-5339

Other records are available at the Weeks-Townsend Library, Union College, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906.   Phone: (606) 546-1240

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Kentucky page 272, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia,
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)
  5. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at


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