Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy

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


Knox County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1799
County Seat Barbourville
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1800 1852 1810 1800 1803
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Knox County Courthouse
401 Court Square #102
Barbourville, Ky. 40906
Phone: 606.546.3568[1]


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The county is named for General Henry Knox (1750-1806), Revolutionary War hero, and the nation's first Secretary of War.[2]

Parent County

1799--Knox county was created 19 December 1799 from Lincoln County.  County seat: Barbourville [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.


Populated Places

Arkle Dishman Springs Hinkle Siler
Artemus Emanuel Kayjay Sprule
Asbury Erose Middleton Station (hist.) Swan Lake
Barbourville Flat Lick Mockingbird Branch Swanpond
Baughman Gibbs Moore Hill Tedders
Bimble Girdler Old Flat Lick Trosper
Boone Heights Gray Permon Walker
Brush Creek (hist.) Hammond Providence Warren
Cannon Heidrick Rossland Wheeler
Corbin Henry Woodson Station (hist.) Samuel Slaughter Station (hist.) Wilton
Dewitt Himyar Scalf Woollum

Neighboring Counties



African American Research

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



Cemeteries of Knox, 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 Knox county cemeteries.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200732,5282.3%

For tips on accessing Knox 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.




The Hoppers of Knox County are discussed in:


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 Knox 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

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Knox County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Kentucky
World War I
Korean War



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



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

  • 1800 - Stephens, Mrs. Bruce. "Knox County, Kentucky Tax List, 1800," The Mountain Empire Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1985):56-57. FHL US/CAN Book 975 D25m v. 4 (1985).
  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[8] digitized by Ancestry ($).
  • 1800-1809 - Transcriptions of Knox County Tax Lists for the years 1800-1809 are available at Jimmie Jackson's Genealogy Homepage
  • 1800-1840 - Knox County Tax Lists are available for purchase as digital images in PDF format on CD from Jeff Renner's Genealogical Resources

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 Knox County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Knox 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 - Knox County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517571 at FamilySearch - free.[9]
  • 1874 - Knox County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517572 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Knox County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517573 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

Societies and Libraries 

Knox County Genealogical Society
2603 Aintree Way
Louisville KY 40220

Knox County Historical Museum
PO Box 1446
Barbourville Municipal Building
196 Daniel Boone Drive
Barbourville KY 40906
Telephone: 606-546-4300

Knox County Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 528
Barbourville, KY 40906

Knox County Historical Society
Knox County Library
206 Knox Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906
Telephone: 606-546-5339

Corbin Genealogical Society
99 Boone Avenue
PO Box 353
Corbin KY 40701

Weeks-Townsend Library, Union College
310 College Street, Barbourville, KY, 40906
Telephone: 606-546-1240

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knox County, Kentucky page 272, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Henry Knox," Wikipedia,
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)
  6. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  7. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  8. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  9. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at