Kenton County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Kenton County, Kentucky
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Founded January 29, 1840
County Seat Covington
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Kenton County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Kenton County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1840 1852 1840 1840 1858
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Kenton County Courthouse
 303 Courthouse; PO Box 1109;
Covington, KY 41012
Phone: 859.491.0702[1]
Kenton County Courthouse 2
Madison Pike
Independence, KY 41051

Kenton County Kentucky History

Parent County

1840--Kenton County was created 29 January 1840 from Campbell County. There are two court houses, one at Independence and one at Covington.
County seat: Covington [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

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

Kenton County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Alexander Erlanger Latonia South Hills
Amsterdam (hist.) Fairview Latonia Lakes Springdale
Atwood Fiskburg Lookout Heights Springlake
Bank Lick Forest Hills Ludlow Staffordsburg
Bracht Fort Mitchell Maurice Summit Hills Heights
Bromley Fort Wright Morning View Sunny Acres
Cloud City (hist.) Grant Nicholson Taylor Mill
Covington Independence Oak Ridge Villa Hills
Crescent Park Kenton Park Hills Visalia
Crescent Springs Kenton Hills Piner West Covington
Crestview Hills Kenton Vale Ricedale White Tower
DeCoursey Lakeside Park Ryland White Villa
Edgewood Lakeview Ryland Heights Winston Hills (hist.)
Elsmere Lamb Sanfordtown Winston Park

Neighboring Counties

Kenton County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

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


  • Pictorial and Industrial Review of Northern Kentucky. Historical Souvenir, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-three, Kenton and Campbell Counties. 1923. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Photographs and short bios of leading citizens of the county.


Cemeteries of Kenton, 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 Kenton county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2008157,6924.1%

For tips on accessing Kenton 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.





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 Kenton 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 Kenton 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 Kenton County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company M.
- 5th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company I.
- 6th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company B.
- 7th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company E.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, K, L and M.
- 11th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company G.
- 12th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company B.
- 18th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company C.
- 37th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company H.
- 53rd Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, H, I and K.
- 55th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, F, I and K.



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



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

  • 1839-1960 - KY Births and Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
  • 1852-1859 - Kenton County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517561 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Kenton County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517562 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 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

Kenton County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Kenton County Historical Society
PO Box 641
Covington, Ky 41012
Telephone: 859-491-4003

Kenton County Historical Society
Behringer-Crawford Museum
1600 Montague Road - Devou Park
Covington, Kentucky 41011
Telephone: 859-491-4003

Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies

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.

Kenton County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Kenton County Kentucky Genealogy References


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kenton 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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at