Estill County, Kentucky Genealogy

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County Courthouse

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


Parent County

1808--Estill County was created 27 January 1808 from Clark and Madison Counties.
County seat: Irvine [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1964--A disaster destroyed some records.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alumbaugh Irvine Palmer Sparks
Cobhill Jinks Patsey Spout Springs
Cressy Kimbrell Pilot Texola
Crystal Leighton Pitts Thomas
Evelyn Little Rock (hist.) Pryse Wagersville
Fitchburg Locust Branch Ravenna West Irvine
Fox Millers Creek Rice Station (hist.) Winston
Furnace Mountain Spring (hist.) Ross Creek (hist.) Wisemantown
Greenbriar (hist.) Noland Shade Witt
Hargett North Irvine South Irvine Witt Springs
Iron Mound

Neighboring Counties


African American

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Estill 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. 




Local Histories






Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).