Talk:Kentucky, United States Genealogy

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Problem with Links[edit source]

I came over to the Kentucky State page to see if a link was already included for the minorities. When I hit the minorities hotlink, it took me to Maryland Minorities. I clicked back and noticed that all of the links on the Kentucky page went to Maryland. ; I do remember the Maryland State page being one of the barnraising pages and maybe that Maryland page, as a template eventually became Kentucky. Good. But all of those links on the left side need to be redone. ; It is relatively simple and I could redo them, but I just wanted to make sure that is actually the case.

tia. Great work is done here.

Darlene — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hunt4roots (talk | contribs) 17:14, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Me again. I went to look at the KY sidebar to make sure this was the case, and it does look like so. Before I do any edits, I wanted to be sure I was editing a copy of the MD sidebar and not the MD sidebar itself.
Darlene — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hunt4roots (talk | contribs) 1 17:21, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
You're correct, Darlene. The sidebar was showing Maryland links. It has been corrected and now reflects KY and KY links
Sherri — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ldrbelties (talk | contribs) 02:24, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

UPDATE: 6 May 2014

Area Code Problem[edit source]

While browsing today looking at the Kentucky State page, I hit the hot link for Campbell County and discovered the area code for the Campbell County courthouse phone number was incorrect. I verified the phone number for the Campbell County courthouse, then checked to verify the Boone County and Kenton County courthouse phone numbers. Based on that, I decided to check all of the counties listed in the 859 area code and discovered a few of them are still referring to the area code 606.

Area code 859 was created in 1999, separating from area code 606. I see the reference for these phone numbers came from the Handybook for Genealogists 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002). I elected to not change the phone numbers for Boone, Campbell and Kenton County courthouses because of being undecided what to do with the footnote reference. I did go through the list of counties on this page to verify which counties on this list are still referencing area code 606.

The following info was obtained from the Wikipedia page

"Area code 859 serves the east-central portion of the state of Kentucky. It was created in a split from area code 606 in 1999.

Its service area encompasses the following Kentucky counties (the boundary closely, but not exactly, tracks county lines):"

Following those lines are the list below to include all of the counties included in area code 859.
Boone County 606 859-334-2220
Bourbon County 606
Boyle County 606
Campbell County 606 859-292-3845
Clark County 606
Fayette County 859

Gallatin County 859
Garrard County 859
Grant County 859
Harrison County 859
Jessamine County 859
Kenton County 859-392-1690
Madison County 859
Mercer County 606
Montgomery County 859
Nicholas County 859
Pendleton County 859
Washington County 859
Woodford County 859

Note Kenton County has 2 courthouses. This phone number reaches either of them.
303 Courthouse; PO Box 1109
Covington, KY 41012

5272 Madison Pike
Independence, KY 41051 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hunt4roots (talk | contribs) 17:47, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Darlene— Preceding unsigned comment added by Hunt4roots (talk | contribs) 17:47, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank You! Darlene, your careful notes made this easy. I have added the extra information and corrected the area codes. Many thanks for noting this.
Diana — Preceding unsigned comment added by Diana47judy (talk | contribs) 19:40, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

OLD info to be moved to other pages by Danielle[edit source]

KYGenWeb Project has adopted Kentucky and its counties. You are invited to contribute to any KY pages to help us make a better Wiki.

Filson Historical Society Newsmagazine

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky was formed in 1792. Many of its earliest settlers came down the Ohio River from Pennsylvania or through the Cumberland Gap from Virginia and North Carolina.

  • Private genealogy list for Kentucky, sorted and alphabetized by subject
  • Kentucky Pioneers blog of name lists in wills, genealogies, estates, Bible records, and gedcom files; enticing you to buy transcript books.
  • David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
  • 70,000 walked/rode horseback on the Wilderness Road to KY before 1796
  • County marriages are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY
  • Eloping couples went to Mason Co., or Pike Co. to avoid waiting to marry
  • KY/TN border was disputed to 1859 - some did not know where they lived - look for family land records in both[1]
  • Some early KY records are in Virginia

Kentucky was a "state-land" state, meaning the state government appropriated all land within its borders. Land was surveyed in odd-sized lots in much of the state, but west of the Tennessee River it was surveyed in townships. Several types of land grants were issued in Kentucky. Warrants authorizing surveys of the desired land were issued to persons qualified to receive grants for military service (military warrants) or cash payments (treasury warrants). Read more about land and property records in the Kentucky Land and Property article.


The following databases are available online at the Kentucky Land Office website:

  • Virginia Patent Series and Old Kentucky Patent Series.
  • Revolutionary War Warrants database.
  • West of Tennessee River Military Patents database
  • Certificates of Settlement and Preemption Warrants database.
  • Virginia Treasury Warrants Register,
  • Lincoln Entries database.
  • County Court Order Patents database.
  • Jackson Purchase database.
  • West of Tennessee River Non-Military Patents Database.
  • The most prominent early Indian tribes in Kentucky were the Cherokee, Chickasaws, and Shawnee. Most of these tribes were eliminated from Kentucky by about the early 1800s either through warfare or resettlement to other territories by the federal government. No separate records were kept for people with American Indian blood.
  • Did you know you can find your infamous Kentucky ancestors at Kentucky Blacksheep Ancestors?
  • Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 239. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). [WorldCat entry].