Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Ballard County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Founded February 15, 1842
County Seat Wickliffe
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Ballard County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1879 1852 1850 1842 1879
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Ballard County Courthouse, Wickliffe, KY

Ballard County Courthouse
424 Court Street
PO Box 145
Wickliffe, KY 42087-0145
Phone: 270.335.5168 

Courthouse burned in 1880
County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1880.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and probate records.[1]

Ballard County Kentucky History

Parent County

1842--Ballard County was created 15 February 1842 from Hickman and McCracken Counties. Ballard County lies in the Jackson Purchase region of far western Kentucky.

County seat: Wickliffe [2]

Boundary Changes

Carlisle County was created entirely from Ballard County on May 3, 1886,

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

1880--A fire destroyed most records, but many land documents were re-entered into the court files in the next several years. See extracts from many of those files on land records at KYGenWeb Project, Ballard County, Kentucky

Ballard County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bandana Gage La Center New York
Barlow Hinkleville Lovelaceville Oscar
Blandville Ingleside Monkeys Eyebrow Slater
Ceredo Kevil Needmore Wickcliffe

Neighboring Counties

Ballard County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

African Americans

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  • All of the family biographies from the 1885 History of Ballard County, Kentucky by Battle, Perrin, and Kniffin are available free online on My Genealogy Hound


Cemeteries of Ballard, 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 Ballard county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 20068,245−0.5%

1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Ballard 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.

♦  Ballard Co. KYGenweb Church Records includes Bible records and some church histories.

♦  Baptist Roots at Rootsweb has many records.

♦  Ballard Co., KY Genweb "A Few Ballard County Churches" contains numbers on church affiliations and some photos of Ballard County churches.

♦  Baptist History Homepage - lots of transcribed Baptist documents

♦  Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives - a fine research resource

♦  Access Genealogy "Kentucky Bible Records"


Contact the County Clerk for actual records -
Ballard County Court Clerk

Ballard County Courthouse
132 North 4th Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
(270) 335-5168


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.

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♦   Ballard Co., KYGenWeb Indexes to Deeds: After the courthouse fire in 1880, many land transactions were re-recorded. Many are indexed and extracted here.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Ballard 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.

♦  Ballard County, KY: medical account book of Dr. W.A. Moffitt of Kevil, KY 
    Author Don Simmons
    Publisher Simmons Historical Publications, 1993
    Length 87 pages

♦  Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society (see link below)

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Lookups in local history books



♦   Ballard County KYGenWeb 1880 Map with post offices (includes Carlisle Co.)


♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Military Records & Sources - list of sources

♦  Kentucky Casualties in Korean Conflict NARA  - see what National Archives holds

♦  Kentucky Casualty/MIA/POW Vietnam NARA  - see what National Archives holds

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Ballard 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 Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 12th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company D


♦  The Advance Yeoman -

♦  Ballard Weekly

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


Probate records are held by the Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Ballard 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.

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Extraction of Wills (1880 - 1918 complete)

1879-1924 - Will Book A (1879-1924) has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.

♦  FamilySearch Catalog- listings of books and microfilm

Online Probate Records


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.

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Ongoing transcription of tax records (1843 & 1848 complete)

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 Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Ballard 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..

  • 1852-1859 - Ballard County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517041 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Ballard County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517042 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1875 - Ballard County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517043 at FamilySearch - free.

Ballard County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Ballard-Carlisle Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 279
257 4th Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Telephone: 270-642-2187
Membership dues are $15.00 per year Open Friday 9am -4pm call for appointment

Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society

Family History Center

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.

Paducah Kentucky
320 Birch St
Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Phone: 270-443-8381 (call first, hours may change)
Hours: T 10am-3pm; Th 9:30am-2pm; Sat: 10am-4pm

♦  Ballard County Library

Ballard/Carlisle/Livingston Public Library System
132 North Fourth Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Phone: 270-335-5059
Contact: Mainord, Sonya
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 428
Bardwell, KY 42023-0428

Ballard County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Ballard County Kentucky Genealogy References

♦  Kentucky Explorer Magazine

♦  Kentucky Genealogical Society Bluegrass Roots (back issues)

♦  PERSI (largest index of genealogical periodicals

♦  Local History and Genealogy Reading Room from the National Government
  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kootenai, Idaho page 178, 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at