Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Daviess County, Kentucky
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Founded January 14, 1815
County Seat Owensboro
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Kentucky  Gotoarrow.png  Daviess County 
Kentucky county in the Western Coal Fields region.

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1815 1852 1820 1815 1812
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
400px] Daviess County Courthouse
212 St Ann Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
Phone: 270.685.8434[1]


Parent County

1815--Daviess County was created 14 January 1815 from Ohio County.
County seat: Owensboro [2]

Boundary Changes

County Pronunciation

*Hear it spoken[3]

Record Loss

1865--A disaster destroyed some records.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Birk city Handyville Oklahoma Sorgho
Boston Knottsville Owensboro Spice Knob
Browns Valley Lawrence Panther Stanley
Curdsville Livia Pettit Sutherland
Delaware Maceo Philpot Thruston
Dermont Masonville Pleasant Ridge Tuck
Ensor Maxwell Red Hill Utica
Gatewood Moseleyville Rome West Louisville
Grandview Newman Saint Joseph Whitesville
Griffith Oak Ridge Scythia Yelvington

Neighboring Counties

*Hancock *Henderson *McLean *Ohio *Spencer County, Indiana *Warrick County, Indiana


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used: *the KY African American Griots Project ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project *Sandi Gorin's Tips ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900 * African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records * Kentucky Minorities has information specific to Kentucky African Americans. 


*KY Biographies ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. *Daviess 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.  *The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database *African American Cemeteries Online ~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries *Cemetery Junction  ~  Links to cemetery transcriptions *Naming the Forgotten ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project *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 *Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness Local volunteers may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries. *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 a list of cemeteries in Daviess County and links to the  information for the individuals buried there, *The Family History Library Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Daviess County.  Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries. *ePodunk list of Daviess 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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200894,4183.1%
For tips on accessing Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census. *USGenWeb Census Project ~ Kentucky  Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930 *The USGenWeb Census Images ~ The USGenWeb Census Images Project *Kentucky Census Transcriptions ~ The USGenWeb Census Project *Census Online ~ Census Online


*Kentucky Christian Church Directory ~ ChurchAngel *Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington *Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville


*Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project *Kentucky Court of Justice Research & Reference


*[Bransford] Bransford, Clifton Wood. "Jacob Ammonet of Virginia: and a Part of His Descendants," Publications of the Southern History Association, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Jan. 1899):35-40. Digitized by Internet Archive. Copy: FHL Film 1015826 Item 18.


*The KY Land Office

Local Histories

*[1] ~ The Archives of Appalachia


*KYGenWeb compiled list of maps *Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site


*Military Resources ~ Revolutionary War through Civil War *Korean War Memorial Korean War Memorial for Soliders from KY ~ KYGenWeb *Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky


*KY Postcards Kentucky Postcards ~ The USGenWeb Archives Penny Postcard Project *The KYGenWeb Footsteps ~ The Kentucky Footsteps Archives ~ KYGenWeb Special Project


*Kentucky News  -  Kentucky Newspaper Index with links *Another Kentucky Newspaper Index with links *Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm   -   Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm


*KY Footsteps Archives ~ KY Footsteps List Archives - thousands of obituaries here ~ KYGenWeb Project *KY Obituary Sources ~ Kentucky Obituary Sources ~ Compiled by the KYGenWeb Project *Links to research and locate obituaries *Browning Genealogy Database ~ The Browning Genealogy Database - A Collection of Obituaries Compiled by Charles Browning. *USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project  ~  Kentucky Obituary Project *Afrigeneas ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources *Obituary Depot  ~  Kentucky Newspaper Citations *Obituary Daily Times  ~  Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function *Nashville Advocate ~ Death Abstracts from the Nashville Christian Advocate


*1812-1936 - Will Books A to H (1812-1936) have been digitized by FamilySearch - free. *Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records  ~  Ancestry.com  (subscription)


Vital Records

*The Kentucky Vital Records Project Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project *KY Births & Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search *KY Deaths & Burials ~ KY Deaths & Burials 1843 - 1970 *KY Marriage Records ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search *Searchable KY Vital Records ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths & Marriages *Kentucky Marriage Records  1973 - 2000  ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000 *KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases *The Social Security Death Index The Social Security Death Index - Searchable

Societies and Libraries

*Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

*Introduction to LDS Family History Centers *Owensboro Kentucky Family History Center

Web Sites

*KYGenWeb project. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select the county. *State of Kencucky Website *USGenWeb Kentucky Archives ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records. *[2] USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county. *Family History Library Catalog **Davies County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Daviess County, Kentucky page 270, 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. Voice of Dorothy Murphy (b. 1927), life-long resident of Central City, Ky. (2011)