Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Marion County

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

County Facts
County seat: Lebanon
Organized: January 25, 1834
Parent County(s): Washington[1]
Neighboring Counties
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County Information


The County was named for Francis Marion. The County has Lebanon as its seat and the County was created 1834. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Marion County Courthouse
120 W Main
Lebanon, KY 40033
Phone: 270-692-2651[3]
Marion County Website

Marion County, Kentucky Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1852 1863 1852 1863 1863 1863 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss

1863--A disaster destroyed most of the records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1834--Marion County was created 25 January 1834 from Washington County.
  • County seat: Lebanon[5]

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
  • Arbuckle (hist.)
  • Barbours Mill Pike (hist.)
  • Beantown (hist.)
  • Belltown
  • Burkes Spring
  • Calvary
  • Cherry Run (hist.)
  • Clear Creek (hist.)
  • Dant
  • Frogtown
  • Phillipsburg
  • Poplar Corner
  • Riley
  • Rush Branch
  • Saint Charles
  • Saint Francis
  • Saint Joseph
  • Saint Rose Pike (hist.)
  • Salleetown
  • Whippoorwill

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Marion, 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 Marion county cemeteries.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1840 11,032
1850 11,765 6.6%
1860 12,593 7.0%
1870 12,838 1.9%
1880 14,693 14.4%
1890 15,648 6.5%
1900 16,290 4.1%
1910 16,330 0.2%
1920 15,527 −4.9%
1930 15,499 −0.2%
1940 16,913 9.1%
1950 17,212 1.8%
1960 16,887 −1.9%
1970 16,714 −1.0%
1980 17,910 7.2%
1990 16,499 −7.9%
2000 18,212 10.4%
2010 19,820 8.8%
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For tips on accessing Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

Church 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.

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

African Americans

More information about African American resources in Kentucky can be found on the Kentucky African Americans and the United States African Americans Wiki pages.

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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 Marion 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Military Records

  • [ Military Resources], Revolutionary War through Civil War

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Marion County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company D.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.
- 11th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies A, D, E, F and H.
- 12th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies D, E and M.
- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies F, H and I.
- 1st Regiment, Kentucky Veteran Cavalry (Wolford's Cavalry) (Union), Company A.
- 8th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies C, D, E, F, G, H and I.
- 9th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies C, D, K, L and M.

World War I

Korean War

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


Other Records


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977 for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. 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'

School Records

Tax 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 Marion County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Marion County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.





Research Facilities


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.




  • Marion County Historical Society
    326 N. Harrison
    Lebanon, KY 40033
  • Marion County Historical Society
    464 North Spalding Avenue
    Lebanon, KY 40033
  • Marion County Heritage Center and Historical Society
    120 West Main Street
    PO Box 831
    Lebanon, KY 40033
    Telephone: 270-699-9455
  • Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies KYGenWeb


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Kentucky."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County, Kentucky page 273, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marion County, Kentucky. Page 268-276 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 251-254.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Marion County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Kentucky, accessed 30 August 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at

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