Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Allen County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Founded January 11, 1815
County Seat Scottsville
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Allen County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1815 1852 1820 1816 1815
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Allen County Courthouse, Scottsville, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Allen County Courthouse
PO Box 336
Scottsville, KY 42164
Phone: 270.237.3706[1]

Allen County Kentucky History

Parent County

1815--Allen County was created 11 January 1815 from Barren and Warren Counties.
County seat: Scottsville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1902--A disaster destroyed many records.

Allen County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Adolphus Fleet Mount Aerial Rodemer
Allen Springs Forest Springs Mount Zion Scottsville
Alonzo Gainesville New Roe Settle
Amos Halfway Oak Forest Trammel
Butlersville Halifax Petroleum Walnut Hill
Cedar Springs Holland Pope West Fork
Chapel Hill Maynard Port Oliver Ford Yesse
Clare McElroy Ford Raley Ford
Eubanks Ford Meador Red Hill

Neighboring Counties

Allen County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Bible Records

Allen County Kentucky Bible Records



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200618,7885.6%

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Allen County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.


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.



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]
  • [Holder] Reneau, Martha Powell. The Holder Family of Barren and Allen Counties, Kentucky. [Glasgow, Ky.]: M. Reneau, [1972?]. FHL Book 929.273 H711rm; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online
  • [Long] Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995).


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 Allen 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

Regiments. Service men in Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy 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 Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy:  

- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company E
- 52nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, E, and F.


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


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy 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.

Online Wills


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records

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 Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Allen 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.

  • 1852-1861 - Allen County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch M517011 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Allen County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517022 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1852-1861 - Allen County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517021 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1878 - Allen County Marriage Index 1878. Batch M517023 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Early Allen County Marriage Records 1815-1889

Allen County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Allen County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Allen County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allen County, Kentucky page 268, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at