Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Knox County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Knox County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1799
County Seat Barbourville

County Courthouse

The county courthouse in Knox County is located at 

401 Court Square
Barbourville, Ky. 40906

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The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[1]

Parent County

1799--Knox county was created 19 December 1799 from Lincoln County.  County seat: Barbourville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Arkle Dishman Springs Hinkle Siler
Artemus Emanuel Kayjay Sprule
Asbury Erose Middleton Station (hist.) Swan Lake
Barbourville Flat Lick Mockingbird Branch Swanpond
Baughman Gibbs Moore Hill Tedders
Bimble Girdler Old Flat Lick Trosper
Boone Heights Gray Permon Walker
Brush Creek (hist.) Hammond Providence Warren
Cannon Heidrick Rossland Wheeler
Corbin Henry Woodson Station (hist.) Samuel Slaughter Station (hist.) Wilton
Dewitt Himyar Scalf Woollum

Neighboring Counties


African American

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


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.
  • Knox  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
  • Knox  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 

Knox County Historical Society, Inc.,
P.O. Box 528
Barbourville, KY 40906

Records for the Knox County Historical Society are located at the Knox County Library, 206 Knox Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906   Phone: (606) 546-5339

Other records are available at the Weeks-Townsend Library, Union College, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906.   Phone: (606) 546-1240

Web Sites


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