Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Anderson County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Founded January 16, 1827
County Seat Lawrenceburg
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Anderson County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1831 1852 1830 1827 1827
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Anderson County Courthouse
151 S Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Phone: 502.839.3041[1]

Anderson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1827--Anderson County was created 16 January 1827 from Franklin, Mercer and Washington Counties.
County seat: Lawrenceburg [2]

Boundary Changes

On January 28, 1854 a minor change in the line between the county of Franklin and Anderson was approved by legislation. It was to include the house in which R.C. McKee lived. See County Formations Database at Kentucky Land Office webpage.

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

Record Loss

1859 -- October 26, 1859. Courthouse destroyed by fire. Some record loss. Order Book D and Mortgage Book B were lost in the fire. [3][4]
1873 -- March 17, 1873. Courthouse spared during the fire that destroyed most of Lawrenceburg. [5]
1915 -- April 13, 1915. Courthouse destroyed by fire. Nearly all records were saved.[6] 

Anderson County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alton Fairview Klondyke Sparrow
Alton Station Fox Creek Lawrenceburg Stringtown
Anderson City Gee McBrayer Tyrone
Ashbrook Glensboro Nevin Van Buren
Avenstoke Hickory Grove Ninevah Wayside
Ballard Houchin (hist.) Pleasant Grove (hist.)
Birdie Jefferies (hist.) Sidney (hist.)
Drydock Johnsonville Sinai

Neighboring Counties

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Cemeteries of Anderson, 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 site has additional information on Anderson county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200720,8859.3%

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Anderson 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 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.




Several genealogies have been published about Anderson County families, including:

  • [Catlett] Peters, Norman R. "Benjamin Robinson of Caroline County, VA. But Not the Clerk!" The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2004):57-75; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2004):120-139. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Reynolds] Tillman, Stephen Frederick. The Rennolds-Reynolds Family of Virginia and England, 1530-1948. Washington, D.C.: S.F. Tillman, 1959. FHL Book 929.273 R333t; digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.


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

Local histories are available for Anderson 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.



Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company A



Physical Address:
The Anderson News
1080 Bypass South, Suite 3
Lawrenceburg, KY 40242
Phone: 502-839-6906
Fax: 502-839-3118

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



Probate records are held by the Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. 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

Wills at Anderson County KYGenWeb


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

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 Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records..

  • 1839-1960 - KY Births and Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, Family Search
  • 1852-1859 - Anderson County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517031 at FamilySearch - free.[8]
  • 1874 - Anderson County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517032 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Anderson County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517033 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • Births
  • 1797-1954 - Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 at FamilySearch — index and images
  • 1783-1979 - KY Marriage Records ~ KY Marriages ~ Family Search
  • 1831-1866 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1831-1866. Batch M539941 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1837-1847 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1837-1847. Batch M539942 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1848-1865 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1848-1865. Batch M539943 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1852-1859 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517031 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517034 (broken link) at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1876-1878 - Anderson County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517035 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1973-2000 - Kentucky Marriage Records  1973 - 2000  ~ Kentucky Marriage Records -
  • Marriages
  • Record of Marriage Bonds in Anderson County, Kentucky for the Period of Years 1827 to 1851 Inclusive. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free.

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Anderson County Historical Society
114 N. Main Street
Lawrenceburg KY 40342

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Anderson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Anderson County, Kentucky page 268, 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).
  3. Lawrenceburg, KY Courthouse Fire, Oct 1859 at
  4. Kentucky Counties Burned Courthouses
  5. Lawrenceburg, KY Town Fire
  6. Lawrenceburg, KY Courthouse and Main Street Fire, Apr 1915 at
  7. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  8. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at