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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kentucky]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mercer_County,_Kentucky|Mercer County]]''
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Guide to '''Mercer County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Mercer_County,_Kentucky|Mercer County]]''
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== County Courthouse ==
 
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== Quick Dates ==
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Mercer County's civil records start the following years:
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| width="100%" align="center" bgcolor="#ffcc99" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for {{PAGENAME}} Government Records'''</center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1852  
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Death]]*'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>'''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" | <center>[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Land|'''Deeds''']]</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Mercer County, Kentucky#Probate|Wills]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1852</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1786</center>  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1852</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1810</center>  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1786</center>  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>1786</center>
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| width="100%" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
 
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&nbsp;'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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[[Image:Mercer County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Mercer County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG]] [http://www.mercercounty.ky.gov/ Mercer County Courthouse]<br>235 S Main Street<br>PO Box 426<br>Harrodsburg, KY 40330-1696<br>Phone: 606.734.6310<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, Kentucky page 273, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Mercer County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|400px]]  
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
 
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1785'''--Mercer County was created 17 October 1785&nbsp;from [[Lincoln County, Kentucky|Lincoln ]]County.<br>'''County seat:'''&nbsp;Harrodsburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1785'''--Mercer County was created 17 October 1785 from [[Lincoln County, Kentucky|Lincoln ]]County.<br>'''County seat:''' Harrodsburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Mercer County [http://www.kentucky.n2genealogy.com/ky-maps.html boundary changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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[[Image:Kymercer.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
 
==== African American Research  ====
 
==== African American Research  ====
  
The following have information concerning African American research.&nbsp; Both should be used:  
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The following have information concerning African American research. Both should be used:  
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ The KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ The KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900  
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
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*[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
*&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Minorities Kentucky Minorities] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
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*[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky Minorities]] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.
  
 
==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
 
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.  
  
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/bracken.html Bracken Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/bracken.html Bracken 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.  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ky/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;&nbsp; Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ky/ African American Cemeteries Online] Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction] ~ Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm Kentucky Cemeteries] lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky&nbsp;Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of Interment.net  
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*[http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~xander/kentucky.htm 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 Interment.net  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& 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.  
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1072 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Mercer County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
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*Find A Grave also gives a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1072 list of cemeteries in Mercer County] and links to the information for the individuals buried there,  
*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|448748|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Mercer County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|448748|subject-id|disp=some records of cemeteries in Mercer County}}. Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4173&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=16&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Mercer County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4173&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=16&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk list of Mercer County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
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Individual Cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=43061 Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
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<br>'''1790''' - Lost, but a substitute is available, see [http://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Mercer_County,_Kentucky#Taxation Taxation].
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{{Census|Kentucky}}
  
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
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'''1790''' - Lost, but a substitute is available, see [[Mercer County, Kentucky#Taxation|Taxation]].
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_ke.htm The USGenWeb Census Images] ~ The USGenWeb Census Images Project  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/census/cen_ke.htm The USGenWeb Census Images] ~ The USGenWeb Census Images Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ Kentucky Census Transcriptions] ~ The USGenWeb Census Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ Kentucky Census Transcriptions] ~ The USGenWeb Census Project  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{KY Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=54078&From=Home Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington]  
 
*[http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=54078&From=Home Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington]  
*[http://www.archlou.org/Parishes Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville]
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*[http://www.archlou.org/Parishes Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville]  
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*''The Centennial Celebration and Other Interesting Facts Concerning Old Mud-Meeting House near Harrodsburg, Ky., August 25, 1900.'' Digital version at {{FSbook|938401}} - free.
  
 
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===== Bibliography  =====
 
===== Bibliography  =====
  
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*'''[Finley]''' Finley, Carmen J. "John and Mary Finley of Montgomery (Wythe) County, Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 34, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1990):243-255. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 34 (1990)}}.
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*'''[Finley]''' Finley, Carmen J. "John Finley of Montgomery/Wythe County, Virginia: Additional Children Identified," ''The Virginia Genealogist'', Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):3-22; Vol. 39, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1995):94-103; Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):202-212; Vol. 39, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1995):282-294. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 39 (1995)}}.
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*'''[Letcher]''' Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. ''A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families.'' San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/genealogyofbufor00bufo Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''[McDowell]''' Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. ''A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families.'' San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/genealogyofbufor00bufo Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''[Maccoun]''' Smith, Zachary F. and Mary Rogers Clay. ''The Clay Family.'' Louisville, Ky.: John P. Morton and Company, 1899. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/clayfamily00smit Internet Archive] - free.
 
*'''[Owens]''' Owens, David Hatfield. ''Owens Family of Virginia (Richmond, King George, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Counties) and Kentucky (Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Bracken, Mercer, Boyle Counties)''. Ann Arbor, Mich.: D.H. Owens, 1991. {{FHL|502871|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Ow2od 1991}}  
 
*'''[Owens]''' Owens, David Hatfield. ''Owens Family of Virginia (Richmond, King George, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Counties) and Kentucky (Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Bracken, Mercer, Boyle Counties)''. Ann Arbor, Mich.: D.H. Owens, 1991. {{FHL|502871|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 Ow2od 1991}}  
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*'''[Robertson]''' Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. ''A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families.'' San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/genealogyofbufor00bufo Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''[Rowland]''' Petersen, Carol Rowland. ''Descendants of John Rowland, Son of William Rowland: (Botetourt Co., Va.).'' Belton, Mo.: C.R. Petersen, 1999. Digital version at {{FHL|834254|item|disp=Family History Archive}}.
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*'''[Taylor]''' de Graffenried, Thomas Pritchett. ''History of the de Graffenried Family from 1191 A.D. to 1925''. Binghampton, N.Y.: Vail-Ballou Press, 1925. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyofdegraff00graf Internet Archive] - free; {{FHL|157333|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 G758g}}.
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*'''[Taylor]''' Dennstedt, Albert Marjorie. "Richard and Ann Taylor's Descendants in Maryland and Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1996):29-38; Vol. 40, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1996):134-145; Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1996):199-211; Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1996):282-293. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg}}.
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*'''[Timmons]''' Corum, Frank. ''Captain George Timmons, Fact and Fiction''. Hanson, Ky., 1990. {{FHL|408023|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 T484c}}.<br>
 
*'''[Warner]''' Reynolds, Lyman Foster. ''Peter Warner Born Maryland - Fredrick County: Revolutionary War Soldier (with George Washington in Capture of Trenton) to Lincoln County Kentucky 1780's, Children Settled in Kentucky; Lincoln, Garrard, Boyle, Mercer &amp; Washington Counties; Indiana Putnam County''. Louisville, Ky.: L.F. Reynolds, 2007. {{FHL|1689977|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W246r}}
 
*'''[Warner]''' Reynolds, Lyman Foster. ''Peter Warner Born Maryland - Fredrick County: Revolutionary War Soldier (with George Washington in Capture of Trenton) to Lincoln County Kentucky 1780's, Children Settled in Kentucky; Lincoln, Garrard, Boyle, Mercer &amp; Washington Counties; Indiana Putnam County''. Louisville, Ky.: L.F. Reynolds, 2007. {{FHL|1689977|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 W246r}}
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{KY Land}}
  
 
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
 
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*Rue, A.B. ''Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Ky. (Illustrated)''. Harrodsburg, Ky.: Rue, 1904. Digital version at [http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92-266-32002009 Kentuckiana Digital Library].
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{{KY History}}
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*Rue, A.B. ''Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Ky. (Illustrated)''. Harrodsburg, Ky.: Rue, 1904. Digital version at [http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92-266-32002009 Kentuckiana Digital Library].  
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
  
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*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies a Mercer County veteran; see William Shepherd, page 242.]
 
*Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. ''Virginia's Colonial Soldiers''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at {{FHL|47143|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Identifies a Mercer County veteran; see William Shepherd, page 242.]
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'''''Civil War''''' {{VAciv}}
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company C
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company D
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company E
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company F
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company G
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company H
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company I
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:- [[19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company K
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
*[http://www.usnpl.com/kynews.php Kentucky News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Index with links  
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*[http://www.usnpl.com/kynews.php Kentucky News] - Kentucky Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
 
*[http://www.world-newspapers.com/kentucky.html Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links]  
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm] - Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
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{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/kentucky_newspaper_obituaries.htm Links to research and locate obituaries]  
 
*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/kentucky_newspaper_obituaries.htm Links to research and locate obituaries]  
 
*[http://browning.evcpl.lib.in.us/ Browning Genealogy Database] ~ The Browning Genealogy Database - A Collection of Obituaries Compiled by Charles Browning.  
 
*[http://browning.evcpl.lib.in.us/ Browning Genealogy Database] ~ The Browning Genealogy Database - A Collection of Obituaries Compiled by Charles Browning.  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/ky/obitsky.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Kentucky Obituary Project  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/ky/obitsky.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project] ~ Kentucky Obituary Project  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-KY-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Kentucky Newspaper Citations  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-KY-NDX.html Obituary Depot] ~ Kentucky Newspaper Citations  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times] ~ Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function  
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/jktsmith.htm#nca Nashville Advocate] ~ Death Abstracts from the Nashville Christian Advocate
 
*[http://www.tngenweb.org/madison/smith/jktsmith.htm#nca Nashville Advocate] ~ Death Abstracts from the Nashville Christian Advocate
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{KY Probate Intro}}
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*'''1786-1923''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books 1 to 19 (1786-1923)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Mercer County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:  
 
The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Mercer County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:  
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#[http://www.copies1918.com/mercer5.html Will Book 5: 1813-1816]
 
#[http://www.copies1918.com/mercer5.html Will Book 5: 1813-1816]
  
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*Stephenson, Martha. ''Education in Harrodsburg and Neighborhood Since 1775''. Harrodsburg, Ky.: Harrodsburg Herald, n.d. Digital version at [http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92-109-27905206 Kentuckiana Digital Library].
 
*Stephenson, Martha. ''Education in Harrodsburg and Neighborhood Since 1775''. Harrodsburg, Ky.: Harrodsburg Herald, n.d. Digital version at [http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92-109-27905206 Kentuckiana Digital Library].
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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Kandie Adkinson's [http://sos.ky.gov/land/reference/taxarticle.htm "Researching Early Kentucky Tax Lists: 1792-1840"] is a must read. The beginning tax list researcher will find the second half of her article especially helpful and for the serious researcher, she covers the legislation involved in the tax process. She continues her work to 1880 in the 2011 editions of the periodical Kentucky Ancestors. <br>  
 
Kandie Adkinson's [http://sos.ky.gov/land/reference/taxarticle.htm "Researching Early Kentucky Tax Lists: 1792-1840"] is a must read. The beginning tax list researcher will find the second half of her article especially helpful and for the serious researcher, she covers the legislation involved in the tax process. She continues her work to 1880 in the 2011 editions of the periodical Kentucky Ancestors. <br>  
  
*'''[1787-1790]''' Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. ''The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's&nbsp;Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Sources for this publication are: remnants of the 1787 personal property tax list, 1787 tithable lists, 1787-c1790 insolvent and removed lists, 1786 tobacco inspection petition, 1786-1788 tax list substitutes, and the 1789 personal property tax list. Mercer County is included in Vol. 2.]  
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*'''1787-1790''' - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. ''The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 &amp; 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 &amp; Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle &amp; Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued''. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at {{FHL|622815|title-id|disp=FHL}}. [Sources for this publication are: remnants of the 1787 personal property tax list, 1787 tithable lists, 1787-c1790 insolvent and removed lists, 1786 tobacco inspection petition, 1786-1788 tax list substitutes, and the 1789 personal property tax list. Mercer County is included in Vol. 2.]  
*'''[1789]''' Heinemann, Charles B. ''"First Census" of Kentucky 1790''. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1940.&nbsp;1981 reprint: {{FHL|446696|title-id|disp=FHL&nbsp;US/CAN&nbsp;976.9 X2ph 1981}}; digital version at [http://www.kykinfolk.com/carroll/1790census.htm Kentucky Kinfolks]. ["1 volume of 1789 was used." (p. 2)]
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*'''1789''' - Heinemann, Charles B. ''"First Census" of Kentucky 1790''. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1940. 1981 reprint: {{FHL|446696|title-id|disp=FHL US/CAN 976.9 X2ph 1981}}; digital version at [http://www.kykinfolk.com/carroll/1790census.htm Kentucky Kinfolks]. ["1 volume of 1789 was used." (p. 2)]  
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*'''1800''' - 1800 Tax List of {{PAGENAME}} is included in Clift's ''Second Census of Kentucky 1800,''<ref>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).</ref> digitized by [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3720 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
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*'''1852-1859''' - Mercer County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|C517751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1874''' - Mercer County Birth Index 1874. Batch {{IGI|C517752}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1852-1859''' - Mercer County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search  
 
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages  
*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records&nbsp; 1973 - 2000]&nbsp; ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000  
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records 1973 - 2000] ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000  
 
*[http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases  
 
*[http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases  
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable  
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable  
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*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
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*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select the county.  
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]  
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/kyfiles.html USGenWeb Kentucky Archives] ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/kyfiles.html USGenWeb Kentucky Archives] ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
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United States Gotoarrow.png Kentucky Gotoarrow.png Mercer County

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

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Founded October 17, 1785
County Seat Harrodsburg
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Mercer County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1786
1852
1810
1786
1786
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Mercer County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG
Mercer County Courthouse
235 S Main Street
PO Box 426
Harrodsburg, KY 40330-1696
Phone: 606.734.6310[1]

History

Parent County

1785--Mercer County was created 17 October 1785 from Lincoln County.
County seat: Harrodsburg [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Mercer County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Battle Duncan Liberty Perryville Tollgate
Bellevue Dunnlora Lucto Pleasant Hill
Bohon Ebenezer Lucton Riverview Estates
Bondville Edgewood Lynnwood Salvisa
Braxton Fairview Maple Lawn Shawnee Run
Bruners Chapel Grapevine Maplewood Stewart
Cane Hurst Harrodsburg Mayo Stringtown
Cornishville Hickory Grove McAfee Talmage
Cummins Ferry Hilltop McGary Station Terrapin
Deep Creek Jackson Nevada Vanarsdell
Dixville Kirkwood Oakland Wilson Station
Dugansville Laurel Hill Oregon Woodlawn




Neighboring Counties

Resources

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African American Research

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.

Individual Cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
17907,091
18009,64636.0%
181012,63030.9%
182015,58723.4%
183017,69413.5%
184018,7205.8%
185014,067−24.9%
186013,701−2.6%
187013,144−4.1%
188014,1427.6%
189015,0346.3%
190014,426−4.0%
191014,063−2.5%
192014,7955.2%
193014,471−2.2%
194014,6291.1%
195014,6430.1%
196014,596−0.3%
197015,9609.3%
198019,01119.1%
199019,1480.7%
200020,8178.7%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21167.txt

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

1790 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

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

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography
  • [Finley] Finley, Carmen J. "John and Mary Finley of Montgomery (Wythe) County, Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 34, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1990):243-255. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 34 (1990).
  • [Finley] Finley, Carmen J. "John Finley of Montgomery/Wythe County, Virginia: Additional Children Identified," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):3-22; Vol. 39, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1995):94-103; Vol. 39, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1995):202-212; Vol. 39, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1995):282-294. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 39 (1995).
  • [Letcher] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [McDowell] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Maccoun] Smith, Zachary F. and Mary Rogers Clay. The Clay Family. Louisville, Ky.: John P. Morton and Company, 1899. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Owens] Owens, David Hatfield. Owens Family of Virginia (Richmond, King George, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Counties) and Kentucky (Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Bracken, Mercer, Boyle Counties). Ann Arbor, Mich.: D.H. Owens, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 Ow2od 1991
  • [Robertson] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Rowland] Petersen, Carol Rowland. Descendants of John Rowland, Son of William Rowland: (Botetourt Co., Va.). Belton, Mo.: C.R. Petersen, 1999. Digital version at Family History Archive.
  • [Taylor] de Graffenried, Thomas Pritchett. History of the de Graffenried Family from 1191 A.D. to 1925. Binghampton, N.Y.: Vail-Ballou Press, 1925. Digital version at Internet Archive - free; FHL Book 929.273 G758g.
  • [Taylor] Dennstedt, Albert Marjorie. "Richard and Ann Taylor's Descendants in Maryland and Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 40, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1996):29-38; Vol. 40, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1996):134-145; Vol. 40, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1996):199-211; Vol. 40, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1996):282-293. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • [Timmons] Corum, Frank. Captain George Timmons, Fact and Fiction. Hanson, Ky., 1990. FHL Book 929.273 T484c.
  • [Warner] Reynolds, Lyman Foster. Peter Warner Born Maryland - Fredrick County: Revolutionary War Soldier (with George Washington in Capture of Trenton) to Lincoln County Kentucky 1780's, Children Settled in Kentucky; Lincoln, Garrard, Boyle, Mercer & Washington Counties; Indiana Putnam County. Louisville, Ky.: L.F. Reynolds, 2007. FHL Book 929.273 W246r

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Mercer 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

French and Indian War

  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies a Mercer County veteran; see William Shepherd, page 242.]

Civil War Regiments. Service men in Mercer County, Kentucky served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mercer County, Kentucky:

- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company A
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company B
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company C
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company D
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company E
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company F
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company G
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company H
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company I
- 19th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company K

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Mercer County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Mercer County, Kentucky Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Mercer County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Will Book 1: 1786-1795
  2. Will Book 2: 1795-1803
  3. Will Book 3: 1803-1808
  4. Will Book 4: 1808-1813
  5. Will Book 5: 1813-1816

School

  • Stephenson, Martha. Education in Harrodsburg and Neighborhood Since 1775. Harrodsburg, Ky.: Harrodsburg Herald, n.d. Digital version at Kentuckiana Digital Library.

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.

Kandie Adkinson's "Researching Early Kentucky Tax Lists: 1792-1840" is a must read. The beginning tax list researcher will find the second half of her article especially helpful and for the serious researcher, she covers the legislation involved in the tax process. She continues her work to 1880 in the 2011 editions of the periodical Kentucky Ancestors.

  • 1787-1790 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [Sources for this publication are: remnants of the 1787 personal property tax list, 1787 tithable lists, 1787-c1790 insolvent and removed lists, 1786 tobacco inspection petition, 1786-1788 tax list substitutes, and the 1789 personal property tax list. Mercer County is included in Vol. 2.]
  • 1789 - Heinemann, Charles B. "First Census" of Kentucky 1790. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1940. 1981 reprint: FHL US/CAN 976.9 X2ph 1981; digital version at Kentucky Kinfolks. ["1 volume of 1789 was used." (p. 2)]
  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Mercer County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).

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 Mercer County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Mercer County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth
  • 1852-1859 - Mercer County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517751 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Mercer County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517752 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1859 - Mercer County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517751 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Unsorted

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, Kentucky page 273, 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. 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.