Garrard County, Kentucky Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Garrard County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg

Courthouse hours:
8-4 Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
8-12 Wed., Sat.


Parent County

1796--Garrard County was created 17 December 1796 from Lincoln, Madison and Mercer Counties.
County seat: Lancaster [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Bourne Hackley Marcellus Point Leavell
Bryantsville Hamack (hist.) Marksbury Stone
Buckeye Hyattsville McCreary Teatersville
Buena Vista Judson Mount Hebron Three Forks
Cartersville Lancaster New Union (hist.) Toddville
Camp Nelson (hist.) Lowell Nina White Oak
Davistown Manse Paint Lick

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
  • Garrard 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 organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Garrard County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Books 1797-1802

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).