Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Boyd County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded February 16, 1860
County Seat Catlettsburg
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Boyd County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1860 1860 1860 1870 1860 1860
*Many years between 1860 and 1911 are missing
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Boyd County Courthouse
2800 Louisa Street
Catlettsburg, KY 41229
Phone: 606.739.5116[1]

Boyd County Kentucky History

Parent County

1860--Boyd County was created 16 February 1860 from Greenup, Carter and Lawrence Counties.
County seat: Catlettsburg [2]

Boundary Changes

There has been no changes to Boyd County boundaries since it was created. 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

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

Boyd County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ashland Durbin Meads Sandy Furnace
Big Sandy Junction Fairview Millseat Savage Branch
Boltsfork Garner Normal Summit
Burnaugh Ironville Princess West Fairview
Cannonsburg Kavanaugh Rockdale Westwood
Catlettsburg Lockwood Rush Winslow
Coalton Mavity

Neighboring Counties

Boyd County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Biographies, Family Histories, GEDCOM files etc.


Cemeteries of Boyd, 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 Boyd county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

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


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.

LDS Ward Branch Records



  • [Clay] Smith, Zachary F. and Mary Rogers Clay. The Clay Family. Louisville, Ky.: John P. Morton and Company, 1899. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.


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 Boyd 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 Boyd 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 Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company C.
- 27th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company I.
- 39th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company E.
- 40th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company D.
- 45th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F and G.
Preston, John David. Civil War Soldiers of Boyd County, Kentucky.



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


Boyd County, Kentucky USGenweb Archives-Obituraries


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


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 Boyd County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Boyd 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, 1839-1960 Family Search
  • 1859 - Boyd County Birth Index 1859. Batch C517101 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Boyd County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517102 at FamilySearch - free.
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Boyd County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Eastern KY Genealogical Society
Box 1544
Ashland, KY 41105-1544e more at:

Boyd County Historical Society
2734 Jackson Avenue
Ashland KY 41101

Catlettsburg Historical Society
3420 Spring Street
Catlettsburg KY 41129

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.

Boyd County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Boyd County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boyd 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at

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