Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Ballard County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Ballard County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded February 15, 1842
County Seat Wickliffe

County Courthouse

Ballard County Courthouse, Wickliffe, KY



Parent County

1842--Ballard County was created 15 February 1842 from Hickman and McCracken Counties. Ballard County lies in the Jackson Purchase region of far western Kentucky.

County seat: Wickliffe [1]

Boundary Changes

Carlisle County was created entirely from Ballard County on May 3, 1886,

Record Loss

1880--A disaster destroyed most records.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bandana Gage La Center New York
Barlow Hinkleville Lovelaceville Oscar
Blandville Ingleside Monkeys Eyebrow Slater
Ceredo Kevil Needmore Wickcliffe

Neighboring Counties


African American

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


Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Lookup volunteers who own books listing cemetery burials through Ballard County KYGenWeb will look up information. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

•   Ballard Co. KY GenWeb Cemeteries Page has a list of the county cemeteries and recent

    photos of many, as well as some grave listings.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Ballard Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 


♦  Ballard Co. KYGenweb Church Records includes Bible records and some church histories.

♦  Baptist Roots at Rootsweb has many records.

♦  Ballard Co., KY Genweb "A Few Ballard County Churches" contains numbers on church affiliations and some photos of Ballard County churches.

♦  Baptist History Homepage - lots of transcribed Baptist documents

♦  Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives - a fine research resource

♦  Access Genealogy "Kentucky Bible Records"

Court - contact the County Clerk for actual records

Ballard County Court Clerk

Ballard County Courthouse
132 North 4th Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
(270) 335-5168


♦   Ballard Co., KYGenWeb Indexes to Deeds: After the courthouse fire in 1880, many land transactions were re-recorded. Many are indexed and extracted here.

Local Histories

♦  Ballard County, KY: medical account book of Dr. W.A. Moffitt of Kevil, KY 
    Author Don Simmons
    Publisher Simmons Historical Publications, 1993
    Length 87 pages

♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Lookups in local history books


♦   Ballard County KYGenWeb 1880 Map with post offices (includes Carlisle Co.)


♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Military Records & Sources - list of sources

♦  Kentucky Casualties in Korean Conflict NARA  - see what National Archives holds

♦  Kentucky Casualty/MIA/POW Vietnam NARA  - see what National Archives holds


♦  The Advance Yeoman -

♦  Ballard Weekly


♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Extraction of Wills (1880 - 1918 complete)

♦  Family History Library Catalog - listings of books and microfilm


♦  Ballard County KYGenWeb Ongoing transcription of tax records (1843 & 1848 complete)

Vital Records

♦  KY Death Records - Index to Kentucky deaths from years 1911 to 2000 (free)

♦  KY Deaths from 1852-1953 - actual copies of death certs or records (pay site)

♦  Social Security Death Index - modern death record dates (free)

Societies and Libraries

♦  Ballard/Carlisle Counties Genealogical Society

♦  Nearest Family History Library

Paducah Kentucky
320 Birch St
Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Phone: 270-443-8381 (call first, hours may change)
Hours: T 10am-3pm; Th 9:30am-2pm; Sat: 10am-4pm

♦  Ballard County Library

Ballard/Carlisle/Livingston Public Library System
132 North Fourth Street
Wickliffe, KY 42087
Phone: 270-335-5059
Contact: Mainord, Sonya
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 428
Bardwell, KY 42023-0428

Web Sites


♦  Kentucky Explorer Magazine

♦  Kentucky Genealogical Society Bluegrass Roots (back issues)

♦  [[(]] (largest index of genealogic periodicals

♦  Local History and Genealogy Reading Room from the National Government
  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).