Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Pulaski county, Kentucky genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Pulaski County (established 1799) genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Beginning Dates for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy Records
<a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Vital_Records">Birth</a>* <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Vital_Records">Marriage</a> <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Vital_Records">Death</a>* <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Census">Census</a> <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Land">Land</a> <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Probate">Probate</a>
1852 1799 1852 1810 1799 1799
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

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County Courthouse

<a href="http://www.pcgovt.com/">Pulaski County Courthouse</a>
PO Box 724
Somerset, KY 42501-0724
Phone: 606.679.2042 

Clerk of the Circuit Court
100 N Main St #302
PO Box 664
Somerset, KY 42502
Estate packets, divorce, orders (debt, slander, stealing, assault, and battery; occasional probate and land certificate orders)

County Clerk
100 N Main St
Somerset, KY 42502
Marriage, probate, land records from 1799.Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pulaski County, Kentucky page 274, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

<a href="http://courthousehistory.com/images/Kentucky/Pulaski/index.html">Historic Courthouse Images</a>

History

Parent County

1798--Pulaski County was created 10 December 1798 from <a href="Lincoln County, Kentucky">Lincoln</a> and <a href="Green County, Kentucky">Green</a> Counties.
County seat: Somerset The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

<a href="http://www.jeffrenner.net/genealogy/general_pulaski.htm">Formation of Pulaski county</a>

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1871--A disaster destroyed some records.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Acorn Dahl Kingbee Sandy Gap
Albia Delmer Mangum Sardis
Alcalde Dorena Mark Science Hill
Alpine Drum Meece Shafter
Ano Dykes Mount Victory Shepola
Ansel Elihu Mount Zion <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shopville,_Kentucky">Shopville</a>
Bandy Elrod <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy,_Kentucky">Nancy</a> [aka Logans Crossroads] Sinking Valley
Barnesburg Estesburg Naomi Sloans Valley
Bee Lick <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etna,_Kentucky">Etna</a> Norfleet Somerset
Bent <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eubank,_Kentucky">Eubank</a> Northfield Squib
Blue John Faubush Norwood Stab
Bobtown <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferguson,_Kentucky">Ferguson</a> Oak Hill Sugar Hill
Bourbon Floyd Oil Center Tateville
Bronston Goochtown Omega Trimble
Burnetta Goodwater Piney Grove Ula
<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnside,_Kentucky">Burnside</a> Grundy Plato Valley Oak
Cedar Grove Hail Pointer Vanhook
Clarence Hargis Poplarville Walnut Grove
Coin Hislope Pulaski Welborn
Colo Hogue Quinton Whetstone
Conrard Ingle Ringgold Woodstock
Dabney Keno Ruth

Neighboring Counties

  • <a href="Casey County, Kentucky">Casey</a>
  • <a href="Laurel County, Kentucky">Laurel</a>
  • <a href="Lincoln County, Kentucky">Lincoln</a>
  • <a href="McCreary County, Kentucky">McCreary</a>
  • <a href="Rockcastle County, Kentucky">Rockcastle</a>
  • <a href="Russell County, Kentucky">Russell</a>
  • <a href="Wayne County, Kentucky">Wayne</a>

Resources

For help in determining which resource type (or record type) will help you solve your problem see the wiki article <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/A_Guide_to_Research#Choose_a_Record_Type">Selecting Record Types</a>

African American

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

  •  <a _fcknotitle="true" href="African American Research">African American Research</a> (US) has more information about the kinds of records
  •  <a href="Kentucky Minorities">Kentucky Minorities</a> has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.

Pulaski county specific resources:

  • <a href="http://www.kykinfolk.com/pulaski/poc/wills.html">"Slaves in Wills and Estates"</a> This Pulaski county, Kentucky USGenWebsite lists all slaves mentioned in Will Book I, 1801-1818. And has selected listing after 1818.
  • Dale Cordner, <a href="http://www.kykinfolk.com/pulaski/poc/trans.html">"Slaves in Court Records: Emancipations/Transfers Found in Deeds,"</a> Pulaski couunty, Kentucky USGenWeb. The is a marvelous resource, however it should be noted that it is a collection of abstracts, rather a compilation of all the emancipations to be found in the Pulaski county deed books.
  • At the end of the 1852 Pulaski county, Kentucky Tax List is a list of all free African Americans and their ages. This list includes the childrens name and their ages.
  • [1852-1859] <a href="http://kykinfolk.com/pulaski/births/birthslaves.htm">"Slave Births"</a> Pulaski county, Kentucky GenWeb.
  • Triller, Gayle, coordinator, "<a href="http://kykinfolk.com/pulaski/poc/1866Tax.html">Taxpayers, 1866: The First Segregated Tax List</a>". "Pulaski County Kentucky African American Research Project", Pulaski County Kentucky: A part of KYGenWeb, 2009. Note that free African Americans do show up in the tax lists prior to 1866. 
  • African Am./Marriages, 1919-20 (sel.). See Pulaski County Historical Society Newsletter May 1998.
  • There is a picture of the Somerset Negro School in the Goodman-Paxton Photographic Collection, 1934-1942. See Kentuckiana Digital Library.
  • In 2008, Wanda Harper, a Pulaski County Historical Society staff member, was collecting material on the African American families of Pulaski county.Pulaski County Historical Newsletter, ca 2008, no volume number given.

Bible Records

Business Records

  • Girdler Brothers. Girdler Brother Ledger, 1898-1900. See WorldCat.
  • Pulaski County (Ky) County Clerk. Account Ledger Books of Mercantile Establishments, 1849-1897. Available at Kentucky State Archives.
  • Pulaski County (Ky), County Clerk. General Ledger No 1. (Somerset Deposit Bank), 1866-1869. Available at Kentucky State Archives.
  • Wilson, John Truesdell. History of Banking in Pulaski County, 1818-1970. Somerset, Ky. : First and Farmers National Bank, 1970. Available at Filson Club Library in Louisville, Ky. Call No. 332.1 W749.

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Sources containing information on more than one cemetery in Pulaski county, Kentucky:

 <a href="Individual Cemetery Reference Page for Pulaski county, Kentucky">Alphabetical Individual Cemetery Reference Page for Pulaski county, Kentucky</a> is designed as a comprehensive listing of existing and demolished cemeteries; with detailed information on each.

Census

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1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Pulaski County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see <a href="Kentucky Census">Kentucky Census</a>. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See <a href="Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book">Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book</a> for more information about statewide printed indexes.

For a 1890 census substitute see 1890 Pulaski Co, Kentucky Taxpayers and Surviving Soldiers, Sailors and Marines and Widow, etc.


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Church

The most comprehensive collection of Pulaski County Church Records is found at the Pulaski County Historical Society. Upon arriving at the Pulaski County Historical Society, request a current "Church" list which will contain a listing of church records and histories and their call numbers. Not all their listings have dates of coverage or location within Pulaski county stated so the reader will do well to be prepared with the known specific locality and dates of the ancestor being researched--and then approach the staff as to which church records on the list might be more likely to serve the ancestors area. Some, but not all of the Pulaski County Historical Society's collection is referenced on the wiki.

The Pulaski County Historical Society is not the only repository of church records. Many additional and/or original records still exist in the respective churches located in Pulaski county and in other repositories including denominational regional libraries and the Kentucky Historical Society, etc.

For more information see one of the following wiki pages:

  • <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Baptist Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Baptist Church Records</a>
  • <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Catholic Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Catholic Church Records</a>
  • <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Christian Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Christian Church Records</a>
  • <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Church of Christ Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Church of Christ Church Records</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Methodist Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Methodist Church Records</a>
  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Presbyterian Church Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Presbyterian Church Records</a>

Collections: Manuscripts/Papers/Misc

  • Mitchell, Bernice. Bernice Mitchell Papers, 1941-1988. See Filson Library.
  • Jillson, Willard Rouse. Willard Rouse Jillson Papers, 1918-1963.See University of Kentucky Library.
  • John Brazillia Lewis Papers, 1927-1978. Farm life in 1880s. See University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Owens, Joseph M. Papers : Letters and documents, 1849-1914. Available at Filson Club Library Special Collections.
  • Tibbals, Alma Owens. Alma Owens Tibbals papers, 1806-1940. See University of Kentucky. Alma Owens Tibbals served as regent for the Somerset, Ky. chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in the 1930s.

Court

A variety of courts serve Pulaski county, Kentucky. Court types include: Chancery Court, Circuit Court, County Court, Court of Common Pleas, and Quarterly Court. Each of these courts have some common record types such as Order Books and Judgements; but some have records unique to their court such as the deeds and wills found in the County Court. Hence, for Deeds see <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Pulaski_County,_Kentucky#Land">Land Records </a>and for wills, guardianship, and inventories see <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Pulaski_County,_Kentucky#Probate">Probate Records</a>.

  •  <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Circuit Court Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Circuit Court Records</a> (including divorce records)
  • <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky County Court Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky County Court Records</a> (minus deeds and probate)

Directories

  • [1903] "Somerset telephone directory, 1903," Pulaski County Historical Society Newsletter May 2005.
  • [1934] "Southern Continental Telephone Company new subscribers list, Oct 11, 1934," Pulaski County Historical Society Newsletter Nov 2006.
  • [1958, 1965, 1972-1977] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). Available at the  <a href="http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/">University of Kentucky Library</a> in Lexington.
  • [1979-1997] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). Available at the <a href="http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/">University of Kentucky Library</a> in Lexington.
  • [1995-1998] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). See <a href="http://www.pulaskipubliclibrary.org/index.htm">Pulaski County Public Library catalog</a>.
  • [1999-2001] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). Available at the <a href="http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/">University of Kentucky Library</a> in Lexington.
  • [2001-2005] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). See <a href="http://www.pulaskipubliclibrary.org/index.htm">Pulaski County Public Library catalog</a>.
  • [2010] Somerset City Directory (incl some surrounding areas). See <a href="http://www.pulaskipubliclibrary.org/index.htm">Pulaski County Public Library catalog</a>.

Genealogy

The internet is perhaps the easiest starting point for <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Compiled_Sources_%26_Where_to_Find_Them">compiled genealogies</a>. Many sites have user pedigrees and there are people who have put their family history on their own genealogical websites. Pedigrees found on user sites are often lacking in documentation. Individual websites tend to do a bit better with documentation. For search strategies of compiled genealogy internet sites see <a href="http://genealogy.about.com/od/search_tips/Genealogy_Search_Tips_Strategies.htm">Genealogy Search Tips & Strategies </a>or watch the video <a href="http://genealogy.about.com/od/search_tips/Genealogy_Search_Tips_Strategies.htm">Finding Your Ancestors Online: Search Engine Tips and Tricks</a>.

Two major sources of compiled genealogies specific to Pulaski county, Kentucky are the FamilySearch wiki page <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy - Bibliography of Surname Books">Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy - Bibliography of Surname Books</a> and the surname vertical file material at the Pulaski County Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS).

The Pulaski County Historical Society maintains vertical files on each Pulaski county surname. Often there will be several files for one surname. On the outside of the vertical file surname folders are references to any books found in the Pulaski County Historical Society's collection that are about that surname---most of which are not presently represented in the wiki. The <a href="http://pulaskicountyhistoricalsociety.org/">Pulaski County Historical Society</a> will search the vertical file and surname books for $5 per family.

The material in the vertical files is often the source material (although not cited) that was used for the compiled genealogies you will find on the internet in public trees of various companies and institutions; and in private individuals websites. This came about for two reasons. First, because the society was collecting genealogies long before the internet came into being. Second, because the average lay genealogist was (and often still is) uneducated as to the great importance of context and documentation.

If you find a compiled tree on the internet of your ancestors and the compiler is not able to provide you with documentation, nor are you able to find primary source documents to prove the tree, consider reviewing the vertical material at the Pulaski County Historical Society and Kentucky State Historical Society. There you may find the documents of a distant cousin, now deceased, who in his submission to the society included information gathered from his personal family records and/or family interviews. It is also possible that you may find a submission of work (old or recent) pertaining to your ancestor that is not published anywhere else---not everyone is internet savy. Both societies have taken great care to preserve the submitters name on his material. It will be the researchers job to carefully document, not only the ancestor and submitter, but also to credit the society from which the information was obtained.


Message Boards

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Migration

In early days, migration into Pulaski county was via the <a href="Wilderness Road">Wilderness Road</a> and Zanes Trace. Early settlers typically came from North Carolina and Virginia. By 1818 and formation of the National Road many left Pulaski county for the west (Indiana, Ohio, Missouri).

Land

There are several types of land records available for Pulaski county, Kentucky. Some have been abstracted, indexed, and/or microfilmed and are available at various repositories or on-line. Still others are in their original form at the courthouse in Somerset. See the the wiki page for <a href="Land Record Resources for Pulaski county, Kentucky">Land Record Resources for Pulaski county, Kentucky</a>.

Local History

  • Ramey, Clarice Payne. History of Pulaski County. (Lexington, Ky. : s.n., 1935). This thesis is available at University of Kentucky Library.
  • Tibbals, Alma. A History of Pulaski County Kentucky. Bagdad, Ky. : G. O. Moore, 1952. FHL US/CAN Book 976.963 H2t. Also at Filson Club Library.
  • Jillson, Willard Rouse, A Bibliography of Pulaski County, Kentucky: Citations of Printed and Manuscript Sources Touching upon its History. Frankfort, Ky. : Roberts Print. Co., 1954. Available at Filson Historical Society in Louiseville, Ky.
  • Davenport, Lawrence C. Local Historical Research by a Class in Local Historical Research. Somerset, Ky. : Somerset Community College, 1966. Available at Filson Historical Society in Louiseville, Ky. Call No. 976.973 D247.
  • History (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see

Maps

Military

In deciding if your ancestor might have served in a war, keep in mind his age and place of residence at the date of a given war. And also his place of residence when war pensions were filed.

The FamilySearch wiki has the following Pulaski county, Kentucky military record pages:

  • [1776-1781] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Revolutionary War Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Revolutionary War Records</a>
  • Pulaski County, Kentucky Indian War Records
  • [1812] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky War of 1812 Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky War of 1812 Records</a>
  • [1861-1865] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Civil War Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Civil War Records</a>
  • [1898] Pulaski County, Kentucky Spanish American War Records
  • [1899-1902] Pulaski County, Kentucky Philippine Insurrection Records
  • [1914-1918] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky WWI Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky WWI Records</a>
  • [1939-1945] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky WWII Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky WWII Records</a>
  • [1950-1953] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Korean War Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Korean War Records</a>
  • [1961-1975] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Vietnam War Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Vietnam War Records</a>
  • [1991] <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky Persian Gulf War Records">Pulaski County, Kentucky Persian Gulf War Records</a>

Native American

  • "Resource list, Cherokee research," Pulaski County HIstorical Society Newsletter May 2002.
  • <a href="Cherokee Research">Cherokee Research</a>

Newspapers

Newspapers are used in geneology to find obituaries, community news items (such as the visit of someone's relatives), legal notices and to provide historical content that document and enrich family history.

<a href="Pulaski county, Kentucky Newspaper Resources">Pulaski county, Kentucky Newspaper Resources</a> details sources available. Some sources have been microfilmed and/or digitized and are available at various repositories or on-line. Still others are in their original form at various repositories.

See also <a href="Pulaski County, Kentucky#Obituaries">obituaries.</a>

Obituaries

  • The Pulaski County Historical Society has several excellent collections of obituaries in various binders from the earlier Pulaski County newspapers, and is the most comprehensive place to start for obituaries in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Pulaski County Historical Society Newsletter. ca 2008. Death records 1887+.
  • <a href="http://www.somersetkyobits.com/">Somerset Ky Obits</a> (Feb 2001-present)
  • The Commonwealth-Journal (8/5/2008-current) is available through <a href="http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/sourcelist/#Kentucky">GenealogyBank</a>.

Probate

As there is variation among counties in how probate records are organized, the reader will find it helpful to know that in Pulaski county the early will books include wills, administrations, inventories, bills of sale, and settlements; but by 1864 these things started being kept in separate books.

Index and Abstract Resources

There are several sources available to make your search of Pulaski County probate records easier. No single source is all inclusive. Each offers it own help that the others don't.

The organization <a href="http://www.copies1918.com/index.html">Strictly By Name</a> provides free online indexes to early Pulaski County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

Pulaski County Kentucky Index to Wills 1800 to 1950 (FHL US/CAN Book 976.963 P22p) was published by the Pulaski County Historical Society in 1991 and replaces it 1977 edition (FHL US/CAN Book 976.963 P22pu). In creating the index, the compilers searched the original will books at the Somerset Courthouse, the courthouse's 1935 typed index and microfilms. The powerful index found in the 1991 edition contains two sections. The first is an index to the wills, inventories and appraisements, settlements, sale of land, dower allotment, etc. The second is an index to the loose original wills that exist. Page 79 states, "the Pulaski County Historical Society has zerox [sic] copied all early original documents from the will files at the Pulaski County Courthouse. These documents are in the actual hand writing of the person who prepared the document. This list also includes some wills that were rejected by the court and were not recorded in the will books."

Abstracts of wills in Pulaski County, Kentucky, vol. 1 (FHL US/CAN Book 976.963 P2b) compiled by Annie Walker Burns doesn't give the will book volume and page number of the wills abstacted, but it's index does include executors and witnesses, which is something Pulaski County Kentucky Index to Wills 1800 to 1950 does not. Abstracts of wills in Pulaski County, Kentucky, vol. 1 only covers 1803-1850.

Abstract of will book one of Pulaski County, Kentucky prepared by Margaret Dunn Frye is available at the Martin F Schmidt Research Library in Frankfort. (976.902 P981f) This work created a devisee index to Will Book 1 in addition to the abstracts, thus making it one of the most powerful resources to be found for early Pulaski county research.

Pulaski County, Kentucky Will Book Number Two (1817-1829) compiled by Margaret Dunn Frye includes an index to "deceased persons and their heirs". So she has created a devisee index for us, which again is something "Pulaski County Kentucky Index to Wills" didn't do. Additionally, in her typescript abstracts she includes the names of buyers, executors, commr, etc. Although these buyers are not indexed, her book (FHL US/CAN Film 855,033 item 4) is only 37 pages of typescript and so it is a relatively easy read if you want to know if your ancestor was a buyer in an estate sale during this time period.

The General Index made by the county court is also available. (FHL US/CAN FILM 1,912,828)

Probate Records Indexes (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see  Some of the microfilms may be available at the state archives and also at the state and county historical societies. Most have already been discussed in this wiki section, however, new and/or additional resources may be found there.

Will Books

Bonds, Inventories, Appraisements, Settlement

  • [1864-1902] Administrators bonds. See FHL catalog.
  • [1864-1871] Inventory, Appraisement and Settlement Book at Kentucky State Archives.
  • [1870-1909] Inventories, Appraisements and Sale Bills on microform at Kentucky State Archives.
  • [1871-1909] Inventories, appraisements. See FHL catalog.
  • [1870-1907] Settlements, v 8-12. See FHL catalog.
  • [1865-1901] Guardian Bonds. Available at KDLA on microfilm.
  • [1865-1901] See FHL catalog.

Probate Files [aka Estate Packets]

  • [1800-1850] Are not extant according to the Pulaski County Historical Society. County Clerk says these records would be found in the Circuit Clerks Office. Clerk of the Circuit Court does not think they exist. Loose original wills do exist. See content under wills.
  • [1993-present] Contact Pulaski County Clerk of the Circuit Court, 100 N Main St #302, PO Box 664, Somerset, KY 42502
  • Misc
  • [1922-1925] Pulaski County, County Clerk. Probate Order Stub Book. Available at Kentucky State Archive.

Additional Probate Record Thoughts

Probate Records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see  Some of the microfilms may be available at the state archives and also at the state and county historical societies. Most, if not all, have already been discussed in this wiki section, but some new sources may be there.

Taxation

Tax records for Pulaski exist for most years from 1799-1966. 

  • FHL films can be rented from FHL for local Family History Center viewing. *Tax List films can be purchased from the Kentucky Department for Libraries & Archives. Go to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, click KDLA catalog, type in pulaski and tax.fckLR*The 1799-1875 Pulaski county Tax Lists are also available for purchase as digital images in PDF format on CD from &lt;span style="text-decoration: underline"&gt;Genealogical Resources&lt;/span&gt;. When the PDF files are viewed in a program such as Acrobat Pro you can bookmark pages/images with year changes, ancestors names, etc. You can also drag an image/page out of Acrobat Pro and throw it into Photoshop to enhance viewing or you can just save that extracted page/image to be used as an attachment to your ancestor in whatever Record Manager (ie: Family Tree Maker, FamilyTree, Legacy, Reunion, RootsMagic, etc) program you use.fckLR<br>fckLRKandie Adkinson, "Researching Early Kentucky Tax Lists: 1792-1840", Kentucky Land Office, on-line article, http://sos.ky.gov/land/reference/taxarticle.htm, accessed 25 April 2011.

Kandie Adkinson's <a href="http://sos.ky.gov/land/reference/taxarticle.htm">"Researching Early Kentucky Tax Lists: 1792-1840"</a> is a must read. The beginning tax list researcher will find the second half of her article especially helpful and for the serious researcher she covers the legislation envolved in the tax process in the first part of her article. She continues her work to 1880 in the 2011 editions of the periodical Kentucky Ancestors.

  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005). digitized by <a href="http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3720">Ancestry</a> ($).

Pulaski County Historical Society. Pulaski County, Kentucky Tax List Index  1799-1829. (Somerset, Ky. : Pulaski County Historical Society, 1982). See WorldCat.

<a href="http://www.jeffrenner.net/genealogy/taxlist_linecreek.htm">1800-1803 Line Creek Tax Lists</a>

Pulaski County, County Clerk. List of Non-Residents' Land, 1888-1916. See Kentucky State Archives.

Pulaski County, County Clerk. Record of Land Sold for Taxes, 1888-1934. See Kentucky State Archives.

Kentucky Treasury Dept. Withdrawl Reports: Tax Bills, 1882-1884. Description of this archival material located at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort can be found on WorldCat. Taxation for whiskey.

1900-1934. Pulaski County, County Clerk. Supervisors' Revised Tax Assessment Lists. See Kentucky State Archives.

Tax Records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see  Some of the microfilms may be available at the state archives and also at the state and county historical societies. Most, if not all, have already been discussed in this wiki section, but some new sources may be there.


Vital Records

Start your vital record search with the following free FamilySearch on-line collections:

Then consider other sources for images not available or unclear. Likewise, if you can't find your ancestor in the FamilySearch collection, consider locating, from the list below, abstracted sources created prior to the microfilming or digitalizing dates of the FamilySearch collection. Sometimes original records were lost between the time of an early abstractor's compilaton and the date of the first microfilming of the original records. Other times there is just a wide variation in indexing.

Vital Records (microfilmed originals or published transcripts) are listed in the FamilySearch Library Catalog for Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see  Some of the microfilms may be available at the state archives and also at the state and county historical societies. Most, if not all, have already been discussed in this wiki section, but some new sources may be there.

BIRTHS


  • [1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1878] "Kentucky Birth Records, 1852-1910" Ancestry $ (index, images)
  • [1852-1859, 1861,1874-1878] Pulaski County Historical Society. Pulaski County, Kentucky Vital Statistics: Births 1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1878; Deaths 1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1875-1876-1878 (Somerset, Ky. : Pulaski County Historical Society, 1983). See WorldCat. This is NOT available at FHL.
  • [1852-1920] Gayle Triller, coordinator, KYGenWeb Team, "<a href="http://kykinfolk.com/pulaski/births/birth_index.htm">Birth Index in Pulaski County</a>", Pulaski County, Kentucky: A part of KYGenWeb. This sites data comes from a variety of sources. Year range is not complete--in part because of  non-extant county government birth records.


MARRIAGES

  • Gayle Triller, coordinator, KYGenWeb Team, "<a href="http://kykinfolk.com/pulaski/marriage.html">Pulaski County Marriages,</a>" Pulaski County, Kentucky: A part of KYGenWeb. Information from a variety of sources.
  • Bell, Annie Walker Burns. Marriage Records of Pulaski County, Kentucky Typescript written in 1936. Filmed in 1973. FHL US/CAN Film 928,021 items 3-4. See also WorldCat.
  • [1787-1860] Slevin, Ruth M. and Barbara Jordan. Marriage Bonds of Pulaski County, Kentucky, 1787-1860: with additional notes as obtained from the "consents". (Indianapolis, Ind., 1956). See Indiana State Library.
  • [1799-1850] Masley, Betty, et al. Pulaski County, Kentucky Records #1: Marriages, 1799-1850. (Indianpolis, IN : Researchers, 1997). See WorldCat.
  • [1798-1910] Kaurish, Mary Weddle. Pulaski County, Kentucky Marriage Records (Somerset, Kentucky : Pulaski County Historical Society, 1974). FHL US/CAN Book 976.963 V2p bk 1-4. Also note that the <a href="http://pulaskicountyhistoricalsociety.org/">Pulaski County Historical Society</a> will provide duplicated and certified photo copies of original marriage bonds and consent forms for the years 1799-1871 for a small fee.
  • [1799-1848] "Minister returns, marriages, 1799-1848," Pulaski County Historical Society Newsletter May 2007.
  • [1799-1850] Gloe, Joan Gilbert. Pulaski County, Kentucky Marriages, 1799-1850. (Indianapolis, Ind. : Researchers, 1991). See WorldCat.
  • <a href="http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2089#">Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850</a> $ Completeness of this Ancestry.com collection is unknown, but Pulaski is picked up. Index appears to be made from county government records.
  • [1852-1859] Birth, marriages, deaths, 1852-1859. Microfilm of original records. (FHL US/CAN Film 216838 item 5)
  • [1852-1855, 1857, 1874-1878] <a href="http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1117&path=">Kentucky, Marriage Records, 1852-1914</a> $ This Ancestry collection contain index to and images of the county goverment marriage register. Only dates given in bold are found in collection. In the 1850s both parties were asked for the county and state of birth. In the 1870s, the birth place was dropped, but both parties were asked for their father and mother names.
  • [1864-1924] County Clerk, Pulaski county, Kentucky, Marriage Books 2-65. Available on microfilm at Kentucky State Libraries and Archives in Frankfort.


Note: the FamilySearch digital collection Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 (as of 20 Dec 2012) returns no hits for Pulaski county residents, but this collection still has parts being added. Free.

DEATHS

  • [1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1876, 1878] Pulaski County Historical Society. Pulaski County, Kentucky Vital Statistics: Births 1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1878; Deaths 1852-1859, 1861, 1874-1875-1876-1878 (Somerset, Ky. : Pulaski County Historical Society, 1983). See WorldCat.
  • [1852-1859] Birth, marriages, deaths, 1852-1859 (FHL US/CAN Film 216838 item 5)
  • [1854+] Gayle Triller, coordinator, KYGenWeb Team, <a href="http://kykinfolk.com/pulaski/death.htm">"Death Certificates and Notices"</a> Pulaski County, Kentucky: A part of KYGenWeb. Includes some Pulaski county related deaths published in the Nashville Christian Advocate.
  • [1870] Not extant. For death information, see <a href="http://www.genealogytrails.com/ken/pulaski/1870mortality.html">"1870 Mortality Index"</a> Pulaski County Genealogy Trails.
  • [1875] Deaths, 1875. Microfilm of original records. (FHL US/CAN Film 974666 item 8)
  • <a href="http://kyvitals.com/vis/search/search_death_recs.php">Kentucky Vital Records Project </a>has death certificates.

Societies and Libraries

<a href="http://pulaskicountyhistoricalsociety.org/">Pulaski County Historical Society</a>

PO Box 36 Somerset, KY 42502-0036

606 679-8401

Hours: M-Sat 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Offices are in basement of Pulaski County Public Library, 304 South Main St, Somerset, KY 42502-0036

Family History Centers

  • <a _fcknotitle="true" href="Introduction to LDS Family History Centers">Introduction to LDS Family History Centers</a>


Websites



References

 

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