Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Barren County, Kentucky
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Founded December 20, 1798
County Seat Glasgow
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Quick Dates

Barren County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1799 1852 1810 1799 1800

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

Barren County Courthouse, Glasgow, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

 Barren County Courthouse
1st Fl;
Glasgow, KY 42141-2812;
Phone: 270.651.3783 

County Clerk has marriage, land and probate records from 1798;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records[1]


Parent County

1798-- Barren County was created 20 December 1798 from Green and Warren Counties.
County seat: Glasgow [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Apple Grove Eighty Eight Kino Railton
Austin Etoile Lecta Red Cross
Bear Wallow Finney Lucas Rocky Hill
Beckton Glasgow Merry Oaks Roseville
Bristletown Goodnight Nobob Slick Rock
Carden Griderville Oil City Stovall
Cave City Halfway Park Temple Hill
Cooktown Haywood Park City Threesprings
Coral Hill Highland Springs Peter Creek Tracy
Dry Fork Hiseville Prichardsville

Neighboring Counties


African Americans

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Archives, Libraries, and Internet Sites


Barren County Kentucky Family Bibles


  • KY Biographies ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project
  • Brooks, James P. The Biography of Eld. Jacob Locke of Barren County, Ky. Glasgow, Ky.: Times Print., 1881. FHL Film 1232; digital version of Locke's The Baptist Encyclopaedia bio at Internet Archive.


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

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • 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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200741,1848.3%

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Barren 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.


Sandra Gorin published a detailed list of Barren County churches from 1799 through the early 1900s. Her book is available online - free.


Barren County Kentucky Court Records


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]

Barren Co., KYGenWeb site includes a list of links for online family histories:

  • [Bailey] Bailey, Alice Lemira Morrey. Callam Holman Bailey, Planter, Early Settler of Barren County, Kentucky. Fort Wayne, Ind.: A. Bailey, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 B151bam; additional research notes (1990s): FHL Book 929.273 B151bam supp.; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Bates] Bates, Edmond Franklin and Bates B. Witt. Virginia Line of Bates. ~1950. FHL Film 1307572 Item 23.
  • [Beatty] Beatty, Oren A. History and Genealogy of Helen Huffman Beatty and Alexander Van Beatty. 1971. FHL Film 1454580 Item 1.
  • [Bewley] Franklin, Eva L., Shelby Jackson Bewley, and Ron Bewley. Bewley Roots in Barren County, Kentucky. Rineyville, Ky.: S.J. Bewley, [1985?]. FHL Book 929.273 B468fb
  • [Boian] Edwards, Eva Dean Boian. Boians of Kentucky. Irvine, Ky.: E.D.B. Edwards, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 B635e.
  • [Britt] Conner, Cheyanne Britt. The Life and Times of Obadiah Britt and Sarah Wheeler Britt. Indianapolis, Ind.: C.B. Conner, 1981. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Crenshaw] Peden, Henry C. The Crenshaws of Kentucky, 1800-1995: A Genealogy of the Crenshaws in South-central Kentucky, Primarily the Counties of Barren and Metcalfe, Including the Related Families of Allen, Arnett, Beard, Bird, Bradshaw, Dearing, Dickey, Duke, Franklin, Goad, Hord, Jackson, Love, Maupin, Mitchell, Munday, Pace, Parrish ... Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 C863p
  • [Drake] McMellon, Judith C. Drake: De[s]cendants of Greenberry & Nancy "Lane" Drake & Associated Families. 1979. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Edwards] Edwards, Cyrus. The Edwards Family of Barren County, Kentucky: History and Traditions. Louisville, Ky. Geo. G. Fetter Co., 1924. FHL Film 1017035 Item 8; digital versions at FamilySearch Books Online - free; World Vital Records ($).
  • [Ennis] Johnson, Eddis. The Skaggs Family. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1502551 Item 8.
  • [Ennis] Ennis, Wendell. The Ennis Family of Green, Barren, and Hart Counties Kentucky. [Boston, Ky.]: W. Ennis, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 En62e
  • [Estes] Alexander, Lucille Dillinger. The Estes Family of Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas and Their Ancestor Families: Yates, Marshall, Stockton. Wayne, New Jersey: L. Alexander, 1990. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Vernon W. The Family of Samuel Garrison and Martha Conley of Wayne County, Illinois: A Working Paper. Houston, Texas: V.W. Garrison, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 G193gvw.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Vernon W. James Garrison of White County, Illinois, Who Married Rachel Looper & Selah Pierce. Houston, Texas: V.W. Garrison, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 G193gvv.
  • [Gausnell] Gausnell, Patricia. Family History of Reuben Gausnell and Sylvia May Thompson. Roseburg, Ore.: P. Gausnell, 1984. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.
  • [Goode] Goode, Cecil E. Kentucky Cousins: The Goode Family of Barren County, Kentucky and Related Families; Accounts of the Goode, Anderson, Baker, Cary, Combs, Cozzart, Jones, Mulkey, Sherfey, Starr, White and Wren Families. Glasgow, Ky.: C.E. Goode, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 G613gc.
  • [Gorin] Gorin, Sandra K. John Gorin, 1763-1837. 3 vols. Glasgow, Ky.: S.K.L. Gorin, 1988-. FHL Book 929.273 G675g.
  • [Gorin] Gorin, Sandra K. Henry Gorin, 1768-1838. 2 vols. Glasgow, Ky.: S.K. Gorin, 1989, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G672g.
  • [Hall] Conner, Henry Clay. The Life and Times of Leonard Hall. Indianapolis: H.C. Conner, Jr., 1981. FHL Book 921.73 H144c.
  • [Harris] Harris, Martha Vilate DeLand and Roy Elmore Harris. Harris and DeLand Family Records, 1797-1955. 6 vols. 1955. FHL Film 1032952 etc..
  • [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 Family History Archives.
  • [Howell] Howell, Ted R. The De[s]cendants of James Howell and Martha Denny. DeSoto, Mo.: T.R. Howell, [1986?]. FHL Book 929.273 H839ht.
  • [Kelsay] Kelsay, Carl G. Moses Kelsay, 1741-1812, of Barren County, Kentucky and Some of His Descendants. Typescript. Microfilmed 1976. FHL Book 929.273 K299Lk
  • [McAdoo] Lemons, Nova A. John McAdoo of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Dallas, Texas: N.A. Lemons, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 M115L.
  • [Martin] Martin: Family Records, ca. 1755-1844. Microfilmed 1868: FHL Film 547078 Item 8.
  • [Moss] Moss, T.C. The David Moss Family: Green, Adair, Boyle, Barren, Hart, and Warren Co., Ky.; Williamson and Maury Co., Tenn.; Mississippi. Memphis, Tenn.: T.C. Moss, 1968. FHL Book 929.273 M855mo.
  • [Murray] Miller, Gilbert L. and Sonia J. Murray. Murray - Davidson - Turner: A Family History: With Related Names, Anderson, Baird, Bridges, Cox, Donaldson, and Dunaway, Durning, Ellis, Glasgow, Gunn, Hammett, Lewelling - Lewallen [i.e. Luallen] - Lewallen, Miller, Mitchell, Moore, Stanton, Stephens, White and Whitwell ... MSS. Microfilmed 1982: FHL Film 1033847 Item 9.
  • [Peden] Peden, Henry C. The Pedens of Southwest Virginia and Southcentral Kentucky: Descendants of John Peden (1734-1815) and Mary Smith (1734-1806). Edgewood, Md.: H.C. Peden, Jr., 1978. Digital version at FHL Book 929.273 P341ph.
  • [Perry] Perry, Cortes Lee. Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Thomas Perry, 1893-1950 and Pearl May Greenup, 1895-1983. Huntsville, Ala.: C.L. Perry, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 P429pc.
  • [Proctor] Fahrni, Margie Procter. Nathan Procter/Proctor and His Descendants 1786-1981. 1981. FHL Book 929.273 P942f.
  • [Skaggs] Johnson, Eddis. The Skaggs Family. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1502551 Item 8.
  • [Stone] Calhoun, Logan E. John and Janetta Moore Stone of Fayette Co. Kentucky. Utica, Ky.: McDowell Publications, 2000. FHL Collection.
  • [Turner] Martin, John Robert. Lile-Turner: Descendants of John Martin Lile (1795-1870) of Clark County, Kentucky and Macon County, Missouri. Morton, Ill., 1970. FHL Book 929.273 L627m.
  • [Warriner] Mireles, Dana Ann. "Jacob Warriner, Sr., of Buckingham County, Virginia: His Children and His Parents," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):83-93. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Wheeler] Wheeler, Dennis. The Life and Times of William Wheeler & Nancy Puckett of Albemarle County, Virginia and Barren County, Kentucky Whose Descendants Came to Missouri: With a Genealogy of the Grandfather of William Wheeler, Micajah Wheeler of Albemarle County, Virginia. Jackson, Mo.: D. Wheeler, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 W569w; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Wright] Title, Barbara Dobbins. My Kentucky Wright-Helm Line: Including Jacob & Miriam Helm Wright, Joseph & Margaret Enoch Higdon, James D. & Rebecca Higdon Smith, Uberto and Susannah Jane Smith Wright, John Preston B. & Narcissa Wright McConnell and Descendants. Orange, Calif.: B.D. Title, 1996. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.


Local Histories






Barren County Kentucky Wills

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Barren 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: 1799-1815



  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Barren County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).


Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Barren, Kentucky page 268, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=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).