Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Carroll 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 9, 1838
County Seat Carrollton
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Carroll County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1837 1852 1840 1795 1838
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Carroll County Courthouse
440 Main Street
Carrollton, KY 41008
Phone: 502.732.7036[1]

Carroll County Kentucky History

Charles Carroll

The county was named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence.[2]

Parent County

1838--Carroll County was created 9 February 1838 from Gallatin County.  County seat: Carrollton [3]

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 website.

Record Loss

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

Carroll County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Carrollton Ghent Locust Sanders
Carson Gilgal (hist.) Mound Hill (hist.) Tomtown (hist.)
Easterday Indian Hills Prestonville Worthville
English Langstaff Rockville

Neighboring Counties

Carroll County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Cemeteries of Carroll, 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 Carroll county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Carroll 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.

To find church records for Carroll County:

  •  Search the FamilySearch Catalog for church records of towns in Carroll County. Use the  Place-names Search  with the name of the town. On the Topics list, click Church records.
  •  Write to the minister of the local church. To find an address, phone number or email for a church use an Internet phone directory, such as:
    :- KY HomeTownLocator
    :- Yellowbook
  •  Write to a church archive that may have the records.
    :- A list of major church archives in Kentucky is on the Kentucky Church Records Wiki article.
    :- Some major denomination archives are listed on the United States Church Records Wiki article.
  • Contact the county public libraryPublic libraries often have books about the churches in their area. The librarian may also know where the records are kept or who would know more about the records.
  • Use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI).  This often indexes magazine articles with church records.  PERSI is on the Internet sites of and that may be available for free at your public library or a nearby family history center.
  • Write to a genealogical society or historical society that may have manuscripts or published books of church records. 



Local Histories

Local histories are available for Carroll 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 Carroll 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 Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 14th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Companies K and L.



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



Probate records are held by the Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Carroll 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 Carroll County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Carroll 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
  • 1852-1859 - Carroll County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517191 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Carroll County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517192 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

Carroll County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Port William Historical Society
311 Park Avenue
Carrollton KY 41008

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.

Carroll County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Carroll County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Carroll County, Kentucky page 269, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Carroll County, Kentucky," Wikipedia,,_Kentucky.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at
  5. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.