Wolfe County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Wolfe County, Kentucky
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Founded March 5, 1860
County Seat Campton
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Kentucky  Gotoarrow.png  Wolfe County

Quick Dates

Wolfe 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

Wolfe County Courthouse
PO Box 400
Campton, KY 41301-0400
Phone: 606.668.3771 

County Clerk has marriage records from 1913
and land records from 1860; Clerk Circuit Court
has divorce, probate and court records[1]


Parent County

1860--Wolfe County was created 5 March 1860 from Breathitt, Morgan, Owsley and Powell Counties.
County seat: Campton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886, 1915--Disasters destroyed most of the records.


Populated Places

Antioch El Park Leeco Rosefork
Balleyfield Gillmore Lexie Standing Rock
Baptist Glencairn Lower Gillmore Stillwater
Belknap Grannie Malaga Toliver
Bethany Hazel Green Mary Torrent
Booth Helechawa Mullins Point Trent
Burkhart High Falls Nelson Upper Gillmore
Campton Hollonville Pence Valeria
Chamber Fork Landsaw Pine Ridge Vortex
Daysboro Lee City Rogers Zachariah

Neighboring Counties

Quick Dates

Casey County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1852

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing


African American

The following have information concerning African American research. 



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

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. 


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 3,603
1880 5,638 56.5%
1890 7,180 27.4%
1900 8,764 22.1%
1910 9,864 12.6%
1920 8,783 −11.0%
1930 8,425 −4.1%
1940 9,997 18.7%
1950 7,615 −23.8%
1960 6,534 −14.2%
1970 5,669 −13.2%
1980 6,698 18.2%
1990 6,503 −2.9%
2000 7,065 8.6%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Wolfe 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]


Local Histories








Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wolfe County, Kentucky page 275, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).