Graves County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Graves County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Graves County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded 1823
County Seat Mayfield

County Courthouse

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


Parent County

1823--Graves County was created in 1823 from Hickman County.  County seat: Mayfield [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1864, 1896--Had disasterswhich destroyed some records.
1897--Court house burned to the ground but material survived this also.


Populated Places

Baltimore Dublin Kansas Stubblefield
Bell City Fairbanks Lowes Symsonia
Boaz Fancy Farm Lynnville Tri City
Boydsville Farmington Mayfield Vealsburg
Browns Grove Feliciana Payne Viola
Camp Beauregard Folsomdale Pilot Oak Water Valley
Clear Springs Golo Pottsville West Viola
Cooksville Hickory Pryorsburg Westplains
Cuba Hicksville Roper Wheel
Dogwood Holifield Sedalia Wingo
Dublin Kaler South Highland

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
  • Graves 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).