Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Bullitt County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1796
County Seat Shepherdsville
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Bullitt County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1797 1852 1810 1797 1796
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Bullitt County Courthouse
149 N Walnut Street
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
Phone: 602.543.2262[1]

Bullitt County Judicial Center
250 Frank E. Simon Avenue
Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165

Mailing Address:
Bullitt County Judicial Center
P.O. Box 746
Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165

Phone Numbers: 502-543-7104 or 502-955-7764

Bullitt County Kentucky History

Parent County

1796--Bullitt County was created 13 December 1796 from Jefferson and Nelson Counties.
County seat: Shepherdsville [2]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

  • Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing.

Bullitt County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bardstown Junction Cupio Limestone Springs Scuffletown
Barrallton Fox Chase Lotus Shepherdsville
Beech Grove Gap in Knob Mount Washington Smithville
Belmont Hillview Pioneer Village Solitude
Brooks Hobbs Pitts Point Stites
Brownington Hunters Hollow Poplar Level Whitfield
Cedar Grove Katharyn Ridgetop Zoneton
Clermont Lebanon Junction Salt River

Neighboring Counties

Bullitt County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Cemeteries of Bullitt, 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 Bullitt county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200875,02822.5%
Kentucky State Data Center

For tips on accessing Bullitt 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.



It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
  • [Owen] Owen, Betty Cox. The Owen Family in Bullitt County, Kentucky. Shepherdsville, Ky.: Bullitt County Genealogical Society, 1992. FHL Book 929.273 Ow2owb


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 Bullitt 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 Bullitt 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 Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 6th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies B and D.



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



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

  1. Will Book A: 1803-1824
  2. Will Book B: 1823-1838
  1. Virginia Pioneers ($) Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book A, 1796-1823
  2. Virginia Pioneers ($) Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book B, 1823-1838

Online Probate Records

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Bullitt County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:


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 Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).

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 Bullitt County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Bullitt 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
  • 1852-1861 - Bullitt County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517141 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Bullitt County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517142 at FamilySearch - free.
  • Searchable KY Vital Records ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Bullitt County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Bullitt County Genealogical Society
PO Box 960
Shepherdsville 40165-0960

Bullitt County Genealogical Society
300 South Buckman at the Courthouse in Shepherdsville
PO Box 960
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
Telephone: 502-921-0161

The Filson Historical Society
1310 S 3rd St.
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Telephone: 502-635-5083

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.

Bullitt County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Bullitt County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bullitt County, Kentucky page 269, 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. 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).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.