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Simpson County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Simpson County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded January 28, 1819
County Seat Franklin
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Quick Dates

Simpson County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852   1852      

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

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


Parent County

1819--Simpson County was created 28 January 1819 from Allen, Logan and Warren Counties.
County seat: Franklin [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1882--A fire on 16 May destroyed most county court records. Deeds, however, were later later reconstructed from originals held by the owners. Circuit court records were not affected.


Populated Places

Black Jack Gold City Neosheo Salmons
Bornes Ford Hickory Flat Peden Mill Schweizer
Flat Rock Highland Prices Mill Temperance
Franklin Hillsdale Providence Turnertown
Geddes Middleton

Neighboring Counties


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research. 



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1820 4,852
1830 5,815 19.8%
1840 6,537 12.4%
1850 7,733 18.3%
1860 8,146 5.3%
1870 9,573 17.5%
1880 10,641 11.2%
1890 10,878 2.2%
1900 11,624 6.9%
1910 11,460 −1.4%
1920 11,150 −2.7%
1930 11,336 1.7%
1940 11,752 3.7%
1950 11,678 −0.6%
1960 11,548 −1.1%
1970 13,054 13.0%
1980 14,673 12.4%
1990 15,145 3.2%
2000 16,405 8.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Simpson County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. 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 Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.




It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Dick] Hoffman, Muriel M. History of Peter and Christina Shutt Dick Family: Frederick County, Maryland, Wilkes County, North Carolina, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Simpson County, Kentucky, Sangamon County, Illinois, Cass, County, Illinois. Anchor, Ill.: Hoffman, 1970. FHL Book 929.273 D55h


Local Histories








Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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