Hart County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Munfordville
Organized: January 28, 1819
Parent County(s): Hardin, Barren[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barren  • Edmonson  • Grayson  • Green  • Hardin  • Larue  • Metcalfe
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Hart County was named for Nathaniel G. S. Hart. The county is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hart County Courthouse
Main Street
Munfordville, KY 42765
Phone: 270-524-2751[3]
Hart County Website

Hart 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 1852 1852 1819 1786 1810
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1927--A disaster destroyed some records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1819--Hart County was created 28 January 1819 from Hardin and Barren Counties.
  • County seat: Munfordville[5]

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org 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
  • Leitchfield Crossing
  • Lines Mill
  • Linwood
  • Logsdon Valley
  • Lone Star
  • Macon
  • Monroe
  • Mount Beulah
  • Northtown
  • Pascal
  • Perryville
  • Pike View
  • Powder Mill
  • Priceville
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

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

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hart, 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

The following web sites have additional information on Hart county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 4,184
1830 5,191 24.1%
1840 7,031 35.4%
1850 9,093 29.3%
1860 10,348 13.8%
1870 13,687 32.3%
1880 17,133 25.2%
1890 16,439 −4.1%
1900 18,390 11.9%
1910 18,173 −1.2%
1920 18,544 2.0%
1930 16,169 −12.8%
1940 17,239 6.6%
1950 15,321 −11.1%
1960 14,119 −7.8%
1970 13,980 −1.0%
1980 15,402 10.2%
1990 14,890 −3.3%
2000 17,445 17.2%
2010 18,199 4.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Hart County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

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]
  • Boiling Springs. Church minutes (1825-1839) are available online.
  • Green River. Church minutes (1803-1841) are available online: original records and typescript.
  • Three Forks of Bacon Creek. Church minutes and membership lists (1818-1901) are available online.
  • Three Springs. Church minutes (1823-1897) have been published: FHL Book 976.9715/H1 K2g.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Abstracts of Early Kentucky Supreme Court Cases
Contact information for all Kentucky County Court Clerks. Scroll down or use index at top of page to find desired county.

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]

  • [Bomar] Wilbur, Tom. Eight Bomar Families of Early Hardin, Hart, and Larue Counties, Kentucky and Some of Their Descendants: A Few Allied Families: Bolton, Buckner, Clopton, Cruse, Dye, Ferguson, Hazle, Highbaugh, Hill, Hodge(s) Jaggers, Lamkin Mears, Owen(s), Shelton, Simpson, Waddle, Wheeler. Okemos, Mich.: T. Wilbur, 1997. FHL Book 929.273 B639w
  • [Ennis] Ennis, Wendell. The Ennis Family of Green, Barren, and Hart Counties Kentucky. [Boston, Ky.]: W. Ennis, 1990. FHL Book 929.273 En62e
  • [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

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

- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company D.
- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies K and L.
- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies K and L.
- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Veteran Cavalry (Union), Companies A, I, K and L.
- 12th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies A, E, F, G and H.
- 26th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies F, H, I and K.
- 27th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company A.
- 35th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company B.

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War battles was fought in Hart County:

  • December 17, 1861 - Rowlett’s Station, also known as Woodsonville, Green River[7]
  • September 14-17, 1862 - Munfordville, also known as Green River Bridge[8]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.

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 Hart 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 Hart County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Hart 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.

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 Hart County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Hart 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 Hart County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee State University

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Hart County Historical Museum
109 Main Street
Mundfordville, KY 42765
Phone: 270-524-0101

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Hart County Historical Society
P.O. Box 606
Munfordville, KY 42765

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, "Hart County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_County,_Kentucky."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hart County, Kentucky page 271, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hart 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, "Hart County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hart_County%2C_Kentucky, accessed 19 August 2018.
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.