Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Guide to Barren County, Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Glasgow
Organized: December 20, 1798
Parent County(s): Green, Warren[1]
Neighboring Counties
Allen  • Edmonson  • Hart  • Metcalfe  • Monroe  • Warren
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Barren County was named for The Barrens, a region of grassland in Kentucky. The county is located in the south central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Barren County Courthouse
1st Floor
Glasgow, KY 42141-2812;
Phone: 270.651.3783[3]
Barren County Website

Barren County, Kentucky Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1852 1798 1852 1798 1798 1798 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1798-- Barren County was created 20 December 1798 from Green and Warren Counties.
  • County seat: Glasgow[5]

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Barren County Kentucky Family Bibles

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Barren, Kentucky online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 4,784
1810 11,286 135.9%
1820 10,328 −8.5%
1830 15,079 46.0%
1840 17,288 14.6%
1850 20,240 17.1%
1860 16,665 −17.7%
1870 17,780 6.7%
1880 22,321 25.5%
1890 21,490 −3.7%
1900 23,197 7.9%
1910 25,293 9.0%
1920 25,356 0.2%
1930 25,844 1.9%
1940 27,559 6.6%
1950 28,461 3.3%
1960 28,303 −0.6%
1970 28,677 1.3%
1980 34,009 18.6%
1990 34,001 −0.0%
2000 38,033 11.9%
2010 42,173 10.9%
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1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Barren 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.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • Mill Creek aka Old Mulkey. Church minutes and membership lists (1799-1953) are available online. (now located in Monroe County)
    • Early records have been published and indexed: church minutes (1798-1820) and membership lists (through 1890s): FHL Book 976.9685 K2g.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

More information about African American resources in Kentucky can be found on the African American Resources for Kentucky and the United States African Americans Wiki pages.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • [Adwell] Meredith, Mikel Ray. The Adwells of the Barrens. Cave City, Ky.: M.R. Meredith, 1995. FHL Collection.
  • [Allee] Allee, Ginger Rae. David Allee's Children. Friendswood, Texas: V.R.M. Allee, 1988. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Alley] Stever, Frank. Our Common Heritage: The Descendants of: Wiley Alley (1823-1906) and Charlottie Shelton Alley (1820-1906) & Horotio Gower (1809-1869) and Leah McCarty Gower (1819-1897). Odessa, Mo.: F. Stever, 1986-1987. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Bailey] Bailey, Alice Lemira Morrey. Callam Holman Bailey, Planter, Early Settler of Barren County, Kentucky. Fort Wayne, Ind.: A. Bailey, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 B151bam; additional research notes (1990s): FHL Book 929.273 B151bam supp.; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Barbour] Barber, Woodrowe. Barbours to Barbers. Wyandotte, Okla.: Gregath, [2000?].
  • [Bates] Bates, Edmond Franklin and Bates B. Witt. Virginia Line of Bates. ~1950. FHL Film 1307572 Item 23.
  • [Beard] Snow, Joy L. Descendants of John Beard (1759-1814) and Margaret (Kirk) Beard (1758-1850). FHL Collection.
  • [Beatty] Beatty, Oren A. History and Genealogy of Helen Huffman Beatty and Alexander Van Beatty. 1971. FHL Film 1454580 Item 1.
  • [Bewley] Franklin, Eva L. Bewley-Buley-Buly: Jess Bewley Sr. and Wife, Mary Huckeby, of Kentucky. 1976?. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Bewley] Franklin, Eva L., Shelby Jackson Bewley, and Ron Bewley. Bewley Roots in Barren County, Kentucky. Rineyville, Ky.: S.J. Bewley, [1985?]. FHL Book 929.273 B468fb.
  • [Boian] Edwards, Eva Dean Boian. Boians of Kentucky. Irvine, Ky.: E.D.B. Edwards, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 B635e.
  • [Boston] Fellows, Juanite Ann Boston. Eugene Preston Boston: Ancestors, Descendants, and In-laws: From Richmond County VA to Orange County VA to Barren County KY to Laclede County MO: In-law Names Includes Mott, Robinett and Whelchel. 2010. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Brenton] Brenton, Chester F. Descendants of Henry Brenton Sr. Spokane, Wash.: C.F. Brenton, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 B753bd.
  • [Britt] Conner, Cheyanne Britt. The Life and Times of Obadiah Britt and Sarah Wheeler Britt. Indianapolis, Ind.: C.B. Conner, 1981. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Buford] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Campbell] Wheeler, Alma Jean Enloe. Campbell: James Campbell and Sophia Downing of Cole County, Missouri. Ozark, Mo.: Dogwood Printing, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 C152w.
  • [Cooney] Cooney: Family Records. Microfilmed 1986: FHL Film 1421601 Item 9.
  • [Crenshaw] Peden, Henry C. The Crenshaws of Kentucky, 1800-1995: A Genealogy of the Crenshaws in South-central Kentucky, Primarily the Counties of Barren and Metcalfe, Including the Related Families of Allen, Arnett, Beard, Bird, Bradshaw, Dearing, Dickey, Duke, Franklin, Goad, Hord, Jackson, Love, Maupin, Mitchell, Munday, Pace, Parrish ... Westminster, Md.: Family Line Publications, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 C863p
  • [Davis] Janes, Ray H. GTT: Gone to Texas: A Davis/Janes Family History. Denton, Texas: Ronjon, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 D29jr.
  • [Drake] McMellon, Judith C. Drake: De[s]cendants of Greenberry & Nancy "Lane" Drake & Associated Families. 1979.
  • [Drake] Drake, Michael E. The Search for the Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Brasater Drake of Coles County, Illinois. Bowie, Md.: Heritage Books, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 D789dra.
  • [Edmunds] Edmunds, Mary W. Edmunds History, 1710-1971. Thomson, Ga.: M.W. Edmunds, 1971?. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Edwards] Edwards, Cyrus. The Edwards Family of Barren County, Kentucky: History and Traditions. Louisville, Ky. Geo. G. Fetter Co., 1924. FHL Film 1017035 Item 8; digital versions at FamilySearch Digital Library; World Vital Records ($).
  • [Ennis] Johnson, Eddis. The Skaggs Family. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1502551 Item 8.
  • [Ennis] Ennis, Wendell. The Ennis Family of Green, Barren, and Hart Counties Kentucky. [Boston, Ky.]: W. Ennis, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 En62e
  • [Estes] Alexander, Lucille Dillinger. The Estes Family of Virginia, Southern Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas and Their Ancestor Families: Yates, Marshall, Stockton. Wayne, New Jersey: L. Alexander, 1990. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Vernon W. The Family of David Garrison and Elizabeth Taylor of Hamilton County, Illinois: A Working Paper. Houston, Texas: V.W. Garrison, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 G193gv.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Vernon W. The Family of Samuel Garrison and Martha Conley of Wayne County, Illinois: A Working Paper. Houston, Texas: V.W. Garrison, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 G193gvw.
  • [Garrison] Garrison, Vernon W. James Garrison of White County, Illinois, Who Married Rachel Looper & Selah Pierce. Houston, Texas: V.W. Garrison, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 G193gvv.
  • [Gates] Wall, Lilly Alice Gates et al. Autobiographies of Lillie Alice Gates Wall & William Henry Wall and Their Ancestors and Posterity. 2000. FHL Film 1425313 Item 10.
  • [Gausnell] Gausnell, Patricia. Family History of Reuben Gausnell and Sylvia May Thompson. Roseburg, Ore.: P. Gausnell, 1984. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Goode] Goode, Cecil E. Kentucky Cousins: The Goode Family of Barren County, Kentucky and Related Families; Accounts of the Goode, Anderson, Baker, Cary, Combs, Cozzart, Jones, Mulkey, Sherfey, Starr, White and Wren Families. Glasgow, Ky.: C.E. Goode, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 G613gc.
  • [Gorin] Gorin, Sandra K. John Gorin, 1763-1837. 3 vols. Glasgow, Ky.: S.K.L. Gorin, 1988-. FHL Book 929.273 G675g.
  • [Gorin] Gorin, Sandra K. Henry Gorin, 1768-1838. 2 vols. Glasgow, Ky.: S.K. Gorin, 1989, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 G672g.
  • [Haley] Nelson, George H. Haley [ca. 1781-1961]. Microfilmed 1973: FHL Film 924842 Item 3.
  • [Hall] Letters of James Hall, of Barren Co., Ky., Mainly to His Wife Prudence (Stockton) Hall, Whom He Had Married April 29, 1809: James Hall was Captain of a Company in 3rd Regiment, Ky. Detached Militia, During the War of 1812. MSS. FHL Film 467963 Item 3.
  • [Hall] Conner, Henry Clay. The Life and Times of Leonard Hall. Indianapolis: H.C. Conner, Jr., 1981. FHL Book 921.73 H144c.
  • [Hamilton] Simmons, Clyde Clayton. The Hamiltons and Allied Families. MSS., National Library D.A.R. Microfilmed 1971: FHL Film 860456 Item 6.
  • [Hamilton] Wall, Lilly Alice Gates et al. Autobiographies of Lillie Alice Gates Wall & William Henry Wall and Their Ancestors and Posterity. 2000. FHL Film 1425313 Item 10.
  • [Harris] Harris, Martha Vilate DeLand and Roy Elmore Harris. Harris and DeLand Family Records, 1797-1955. 6 vols. 1955. FHL Film 1032952 etc..
  • [Harris] Hoffman, Lela Harris. John Harris of Lincoln County, North Carolina: and His Descendants. Microfilmed 1981: FHL Film 1305161 Item 5.
  • [Hatridge] Hatridge, Marilyn Jeanette Smith. Hatridge ... in the Beginning Hardwitch. Camden, Ark.: M.J.S. Hatridge, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 H286h.
  • [Hicks] Rutherford, Dolores Crumrine. "Hicks Family of Goochland County, Virginia, and Barren County, Kentucky," Abstracts of Virginia Families: Vol. 1. Microfilmed 1990: {{FHL|543271|item|disp=FHL Film
  • [Holder] Reneau, Martha Powell. The Holder Family of Barren and Allen Counties, Kentucky. [Glasgow, Ky.]: M. Reneau, [1972?]. FHL Book 929.273 H711rm.
  • [Howell] Howell, Ted R. The De[s]cendants of James Howell and Martha Denny. DeSoto, Mo.: T.R. Howell, [1986?]. FHL Book 929.273 H839ht.
  • [Jones] Button, Martha Jones et al. The Diary of Martha Jones Button; Her Journal of 1866-1872: The Life of a Girl of South Central Kentucky. Glasgow, Ky.: Gorin Genealogical Pub., 1993. FHL Book 921.73 B983g.
  • [Kelsay] Kelsay, Carl G. Moses Kelsay, 1741-1812, of Barren County, Kentucky and Some of His Descendants. Typescript. Microfilmed 1976. FHL Book 929.273 K299Lk.
  • [Lawrence] Moulder, Victor. Lawrence--Beckham Family History, Since 1701. 1938. FHL Film 1481375 Item 14.
  • [Locke] Brooks, James P. The Biography of Eld. Jacob Locke of Barren County, Ky. Glasgow, Ky.: Times Print., 1881. FHL Film 1232.
  • [McAdoo] Lemons, Nova A. John McAdoo of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Dallas, Texas: N.A. Lemons, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 M115L.
  • [Martin] Martin: Family Records, ca. 1755-1844. Microfilmed 1868: FHL Film 547078 Item 8.
  • [Morehead] Morehead Revolutionary War Soldiers. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1481378 Item 3.
  • [Moss] Moss, T.C. The David Moss Family: Green, Adair, Boyle, Barren, Hart, and Warren Co., Ky.; Williamson and Maury Co., Tenn.; Mississippi. Memphis, Tenn.: T.C. Moss, 1968. FHL Book 929.273 M855mo.
  • [Murray] Miller, Gilbert L. and Sonia J. Murray. Murray - Davidson - Turner: A Family History: With Related Names, Anderson, Baird, Bridges, Cox, Donaldson, and Dunaway, Durning, Ellis, Glasgow, Gunn, Hammett, Lewelling - Lewallen [i.e. Luallen] - Lewallen, Miller, Mitchell, Moore, Stanton, Stephens, White and Whitwell ... MSS. Microfilmed 1982: FHL Film 1033847 Item 9.
  • [Payne] Peden, Eva Coe and Martha Powell Reneau. My Payne Ancestors: Barren County. 1969? FHL Book 929.273 P293pec.
  • [Peden] Peden, Henry C. The Pedens of Southwest Virginia and Southcentral Kentucky: Descendants of John Peden (1734-1815) and Mary Smith (1734-1806). Edgewood, Md.: H.C. Peden, Jr., 1978. Digital version at FHL Book 929.273 P341ph.
  • [Pennington] Wilson, Duane Earl. Our Pennington Family: Being Some of the Descendants of Richard and Hannah (Boone) Pennington and Related Maternal Lines, Including the Morgan, Gist, Cromwell, Murray, Howard, Jarrett, Webb, Dame, Oyler, Arndt, and Ramsey Families. Naperville, Ill.: D.E. Wilson, 1998. FHL Book 929.273 P384w.
  • [Perry] Perry, Cortes Lee. Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Thomas Perry, 1893-1950 and Pearl May Greenup, 1895-1983. Huntsville, Ala.: C.L. Perry, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 P429pc.
  • [Pettypool] Hartsough, Carolyn S. "The William Pettypool Family of Southside Virginia: Lineage Reconstruction Based on Current Review of Evidence," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2003):57-75; Vol. 47, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2003):139-146. Digital version at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($); FHL Book 975.5 B2vg.
  • [Poynter] Poynter, Irma Lee and Harold Poynter. Poynter Cousins. Maysville, Mo.: I.L. and H. Poynter, 1993. FHL Book 929.273 P877pi.
  • [Proctor] Fahrni, Margie Procter. Nathan Procter/Proctor and His Descendants 1786-1981. 1981. FHL Book 929.273 P942f.
  • [Randel] Malone, Royleta Clopton. Moses Randel and His Descendants, 1776-2001: With Allied Lines of Horner, Broadaway, Whitwell, Hufstedler, Kelly, Dabbs and Others. Hemet, Calif.: R.C. Malone, 2001. FHL Book 929.273 R158m.
  • [Reynolds] Reynolds, Barry. A Genealogy of the Joshua Reynolds Family. Lubbock, Texas: B. Reynolds, [1987?]. FHL Book 929.273 R335r.
  • [Reynolds] Beals, Kathleen C. "Thomas Reynolds of King William County, Virginia, With Cotterell, Mitchell and Quarles Connections," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 46, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2002):29-36. FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 46 (2002).
  • [Short] Short, Donald Paul. The Prairie Shorts: Descendants of Thomas and Mary Hurt Short. Andover, Kan.: D. Short, 1995. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Skaggs] Johnson, Eddis. The Skaggs Family. Microfilmed 1987: FHL Film 1502551 Item 8.
  • [Stone] Calhoun, Logan E. John and Janetta Moore Stone of Fayette Co. Kentucky. Utica, Ky.: McDowell Publications, 2000. FHL Collection.
  • [Turner] Martin, John Robert. Lile-Turner: Descendants of John Martin Lile (1795-1870) of Clark County, Kentucky and Macon County, Missouri. Morton, Ill., 1970. FHL Book 929.273 L627m.
  • [Warriner] Mireles, Dana Ann. "Jacob Warriner, Sr., of Buckingham County, Virginia: His Children and His Parents," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):83-93. Digital version at American Ancestors by NEHGS ($).
  • [Wheeler] Wheeler, Dennis. The Life and Times of William Wheeler & Nancy Puckett of Albemarle County, Virginia and Barren County, Kentucky Whose Descendants Came to Missouri: With a Genealogy of the Grandfather of William Wheeler, Micajah Wheeler of Albemarle County, Virginia. Jackson, Mo.: D. Wheeler, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 W569w; digital version at Family History Archives.
  • [Whitwell] Malone, Royleta Clopton. William Whitwell, His Ancestors and Descendants 1774-1994. Hemet, Calif.: R.C. Malone, 1994, 1998.
  • [Wilkinson] Park, Imogene. The Wilkinson Family. 2009. FHL Collection.
  • [Wilson] Jones, Frances Y. "Wilson/Yancey Connection in Barren County, Kentucky," Yancey Family Genealogical Records. Microfilmed 1995: FHL Film 1598294 Item 29.
  • [Wright] Title, Barbara Dobbins. My Kentucky Wright-Helm Line: Including Jacob & Miriam Helm Wright, Joseph & Margaret Enoch Higdon, James D. & Rebecca Higdon Smith, Uberto and Susannah Jane Smith Wright, John Preston B. & Narcissa Wright McConnell and Descendants. Orange, Calif.: B.D. Title, 1996. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library.
  • [Yancey] Jones, Frances Y. "Wilson/Yancey Connection in Barren County, Kentucky," Yancey Family Genealogical Records. Microfilmed 1995: FHL Film 1598294 Item 29.
  • [Yancey] Orr, Sarah Y. "Descendants of Robert and Jane Yancey of Barren Co., Kentucky," Yancey Family Genealogical Records. Microfilmed 1995: FHL Film 1598293 Item 32.
  • [Yancey] Yancey, Dennis J. Yancey Family Genealogical Collection. 1995. FHL Film 1598378 Item 14.
  • [Yancey] Yancey, Dennis J. "Joel Yancey (1773-1839) of Barren Co., Kentucky and Joel Yancey (1774-1833) of Bedford Co., Virginia," Yancey Family Genealogical Collection. 1995. FHL Film 1598378 Item 2.

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Barren County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies A, C, D, E and I.
- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Veteran Cavalry (Wolford's Cavalry) (Union), Company E.
- 37th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I and K.
- 47th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies I and K.
- 49th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, H and K.

World War I[edit | edit source]

Korean War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Barren County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977 for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Barren County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[7] digitized by Ancestry ($).

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Barren County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Barren County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Barren County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee State University

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Barren County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Barren County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kentucky Societies.

Barren County Historical Society
Glasgow, KY

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Barren County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Kentucky."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Barren, Kentucky page 268, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Barren County, Kentucky. Page 268-276 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 251-254.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Barren County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Kentucky, accessed 2 August 2018.
  7. 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).
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at