Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Anderson County, Kentucky
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Founded January 16, 1827
County Seat Lawrenceburg
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Beginning Dates for Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1831 1852 1830 1827 1827
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Anderson County Courthouse
151 S Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Phone: 502.839.3041[1]

Anderson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1827--Anderson County was created 16 January 1827 from Franklin, Mercer and Washington Counties.
County seat: Lawrenceburg [2]

Boundary Changes

On January 28, 1854 a minor change in the line between the county of Franklin and Anderson was approved by legislation. It was to include the house in which R.C. McKee lived. See County Formations Database at Kentucky Land Office webpage.

Record Loss

1859, 1915--Disasters destroyed most records.

Anderson County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alton Fairview Klondyke Sparrow
Alton Station Fox Creek Lawrenceburg Stringtown
Anderson City Gee McBrayer Tyrone
Ashbrook Glensboro Nevin Van Buren
Avenstoke Hickory Grove Ninevah Wayside
Ballard Houchin (hist.) Pleasant Grove (hist.)
Birdie Jefferies (hist.) Sidney (hist.)
Drydock Johnsonville Sinai

Neighboring Counties

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200720,8859.3%

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Anderson 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.



Several genealogies have been published about Anderson County families, including:

  • [Catlett] Peters, Norman R. "Benjamin Robinson of Caroline County, VA. But Not the Clerk!" The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2004):57-75; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2004):120-139. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Reynolds] Tillman, Stephen Frederick. The Rennolds-Reynolds Family of Virginia and England, 1530-1948. Washington, D.C.: S.F. Tillman, 1959. FHL Book 929.273 R333t; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.


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





Physical Address:
The Anderson News
1080 Bypass South, Suite 3
Lawrenceburg, KY 40242
Phone: 502-839-6906
Fax: 502-839-3118



Wills at Anderson County KYGenWeb


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

  • 1852-1859 - Anderson County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517031 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Anderson County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517032 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Anderson County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517033 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1831-1866 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1831-1866. Batch M539941 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1837-1847 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1837-1847. Batch M539942 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1848-1865 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1848-1865. Batch M539943 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1852-1859 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517031 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517034 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517035 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Anderson County KYGenWeb has the following on line:

Additional online resources:

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Anderson 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 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at