Elliott County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Elliott County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Elliott County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1869
County Seat Sandy Hook
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Elliott County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Elliott County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1874 1934 1874 1870 1869 1957
*Records only available for 1874-1878, 1909-1910. Statewide registration of births and deaths began in 1911.
Elliott County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
Elliott County Courthouse
100 Court and Main Street
PO Box 225
Sandy Hook, KY 41171-0225
Phone:  606.738.4462[1]

Elliott County Kentucky History

Parent County

1869--Elliott  County was created 26 January 1869 from Lawrence, Carter and Morgan Counties.
County seat: Sandy Hook [2]

Boundary Changes

There has been no changes in boundaries since Elliott County was formed. 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

1957, 1966--Courthouse disasters destroyed some records.

Elliott County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ault Devil Fork (hist.) Green Roscoe
Bascom Dobbins Halcom Sandy Hook
Beartown Edsel Ibex Sarah
Bell City Egypt (hist.) Isonville Sideway
Bigstone Eldridge Little Sandy Spanglin
Bruin Fannin Lytten Stark
Burke Faye Newcombe Stephens
Culver Fielden Newfoundland The Ridge
Dewdrop Gimlet Ordinary Wyett

Neighboring Counties

Elliott County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

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



Cemeteries of Elliott, 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 Elliott county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Elliott 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.



Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Elliott 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.

See Elliott County page at KYGenWeb for history. Scroll down the page to view.

  • ~ The Archives of Appalachia
  • The History of Elliott County, Kentucky 1885 Family History Library US/CAN Book 976.9255 H2h v.1
  • The History of Elliott County, Kentucky 1869-1999 vol. II, Family History Library US/CAN Book 976.9255 H2h v.2


1895 Map of Elliot County Kentucky


Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II
Korean War



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



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

1869 Elliott County Kentucky Tax List

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

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

Elliott County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Elliott County Historical Society
PO Box 873
Sandy Hook, KY 41171
Telephone: 606-738-5001

We are also on Facebook at Elliott County Historical Society


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.

Elliott County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Elliott County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Elliot 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.