Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Greenup County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Greenup County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded December 12, 1803
County Seat Greenup
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Greenup County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1803 1852 1810 1811 1822
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Greenup County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG

Greenup County Courthouse
Main & Harrison;
Greenup, KY 41144-1055
Phone: 606.473.7394[1]

Greenup County Kentucky History

Parent County

1803--Greenup County was created 12 December 1803 from Mason County.
County seat: Greenup [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 website.

Record Loss

1937 A disaster destroyed some records.

Greenup County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Argillite Hopewell Oldtown South Shore
Beechy Hunnewell Oliver Station Sunshine
Bellefonte Kehoe Poplar Highlands Truitt
Brushart Letitia Raceland Tygarts Valley
Danleyton Limeville Raceland Junction Walsh
Edgington Lloyd Riverview Warnock
Flatwoods Load Russell West Russell
Frost Lynn Russell Heights Worthington
Fullerton Maloneton Samaria Wurtland
Grays Branch Melrose Siloam York
Greenup Naples South Portsmouth

Neighboring Counties

Greenup County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American

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


Biographies, Family Histories/Trees, GEDCOM files etc.

USBiographies Project-Greenup County Biographies


Cemeteries of Greenup, 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 Greenup county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

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

Greenup County Kentucky USGenWeb-Tax and Census Records


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.


Greenup County Clerk, Pat Hieneman's Online Office 
Greenup County District Court Online Resource Directory 
Kentucky Court of Justice-Greenup County, Office of the Circuit Court Clerk


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 Greenup 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.



Greenup County Military Index KY Archives Project

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Greenup 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 Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies E, I and L.
- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies E, I and L.
- 22nd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies B, C and F.
- 39th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, D and H.
- 53rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies I and K.
- 54th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, C, F and H.


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

Obituaries, Kentucky, Greenup County, Miscellaneous Obituaries (Scroll down the page to locate desired entries)
Greenup County Obituaries, KY Archives Project
Greenup Obituaries


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

Greenup County Kentucky USGenWeb-Tax and Census Records

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 Greenup County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Greenup 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.. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records

  • 1852-1859 - Greenup County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517421 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1874 - Greenup County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517422 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Greenup County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517423 at FamilySearch - free.

Greenup County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Greenup County Genealogy and Historical Society
508 Main Street
PO Mox 981
Greenup, KY 41144

Greenup County Historical Society
614 Main Street
Greenup, KY 41144-1036
Telephone: 606-473-6514

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.

Greenup County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Greenup County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Greenup County, Kentucky page 271, 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. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  4. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at