Edmonson County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Edmonson County, Kentucky
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Founded January 12, 1825
County Seat Brownsville
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Edmonson County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Edmonson County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1825 1852 1830 1825 1831
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Edmonson County Courthouse
Main & Cross Street
Brownsville, KY 42210
Phone: 270.597.2624[1]

Edmonson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1825--Edmonson County was created 12 January 1825 from Grayson, Hart and Warren Counties.
County seat: Brownsville [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

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

Edmonson County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Arthur Chaumont Nick Roundhill
Asphalt Cub Run Oak Ridge Segal
Bee Spring Elko Ollie Straw
Big Reedy Huff Pig Sunfish
Black Gold Kyrock Prosperity Sweeden
Broadway Lindseyville Rhoda Union City
Brownsville Mammoth Cave Ridgedale Windyville
Cedar Spring Nash Rocky Hill Woodside
Chalybeate Springs

Neighboring Counties

Edmonson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:



Cemeteries of Edmonson, 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 Edmonson county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200711,9782.9%

For tips on accessing Edmonson 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.



  • [Sturdivant] Dorman, John Frederick. Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. 3 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005. See Volume 2. FHL Book 975.5 H2j v. 2.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Edmonson 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

World War I
Korean War



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



Probate records are held by the Edmonson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Edmonson 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 Edmonson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Edmonson 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 - Edmonson County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517291 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Edmonson County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517292 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Edmonson County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517293 at FamilySearch - free.

  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Edmonson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

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.

Edmonson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Edmonson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Edmonson County, Kentucky page 270, 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 https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.