Scott County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Scott County, Kentucky
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Founded June 22, 1792
County Seat Georgetown
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Beginning Dates for Scott County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Land
Probate
1852
1837
1852
1810
1793
1796
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Scott County Courthouse
101 E Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
Phone 502.863.7875[1]

Scott County Kentucky History

Parent County

1792--Scott County was created 22 June 1792 from Woodford County.  County seat: Georgetown [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1837 A disaster destroyed some records.
1876--Scott County Courthouse and several businesses burned, 21 Sept 1876.  Clerk's office records and many valuable papers of the county saved [3]

Scott County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Biddle Georgetown Newtown Stamping Ground
Boydtown Great Crossing Oxford Stonewall
Cranetown Indian Hills Paynes Depot Suterville
Davis Josephine Porter Turkey Foot
Delaplain Longlick Rogers Gap Watkinsville
Double Culvert Minorsville Sadieville White Sulphur
Dry Run Muddy Ford Skinnersburg Zion Hill
Duval New Zion

Neighboring Counties

Scott County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

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

Biographies

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Scott, 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 Scott county cemeteries.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1800 8,007
1810 12,419 55.1%
1820 14,219 14.5%
1830 14,677 3.2%
1840 13,668 −6.9%
1850 14,946 9.4%
1860 14,417 −3.5%
1870 11,607 −19.5%
1880 14,965 28.9%
1890 16,546 10.6%
1900 18,076 9.2%
1910 16,956 −6.2%
1920 15,318 −9.7%
1930 14,400 −6.0%
1940 14,314 −0.6%
1950 15,141 5.8%
1960 15,376 1.6%
1970 17,948 16.7%
1980 21,813 21.5%
1990 23,867 9.4%
2000 33,061 38.5%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Scott County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church

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

Genealogy

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]
Bibliography

Land

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 Scott 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

Military


Civil War

Online Records


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

- 3rd Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate). Company C.
- 6th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company A.
- 9th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company A.
World War I
Korean War

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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 - 1800 Tax List of Scott County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[6] digitized by Ancestry ($).

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


Birth
  • 1839-1960 - KY Births and Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
  • 1852-1859 - Scott County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517951 at FamilySearch - free.[7]
  • 1874 - Scott County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517952 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Scott County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517953 at FamilySearch - free.
  • Searchable KY Vital Records ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
Marriage
Death
Divorce
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Scott County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Scott County Genealogical Society
104 South Bradford Lane
Georgetown KY 40324
Website

Scott County Historical Society
PO Box 1064
Georgetown KY 40324
Website

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.

Scott County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Scott County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scott County, Kentucky page 275, 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. GenDisasters.com: Georgetown, KY Courthouse Fire, Sept 1876 http://www3.gendisasters.com/kentucky/18777/georgetown-ky-courthouse-fire-sept-1876
  4. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  5. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  6. 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).
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.