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Guide to Bath County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military records, and immigration records.

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Bath County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1811
County Seat Owingsville
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Bath County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Bath County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1792 1852 1820 1811 1811
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Bath County Courthouse
PO Box 609
Owingsville, KY 40350
Phone: 606.674.2613[1]

Bath County Kentucky History

Parent County

1811--Bath County was created 15 January 1811 from Montgomery County.
County seat: Owingsville [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

1864,1964--Disasters destroyed many records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Bath County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bethel Oakla Polksville Sharpsburg
Clear Creek Furnace Olympia Preston Slate Valley
Jackson Schoolhouse (hist.) Owingsville Reynoldsville Wyoming
Kendall Springs (hist.) Peasticks Salt Lick
Midland Pebble

Neighboring Counties

Bath County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African Americans

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Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

  • 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 Interment.net
  • Bath 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. 


Historical populations
Census Pop.

1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bath 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 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.




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 Bath 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.

  • [1] ~ The Archives of Appalachia



Civil War

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

- 6th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company F.
- 9th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company F.



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



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


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

  • 1852-1859 - Bath County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517061 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Bath County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517062 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1852-1860 - Bath County Marriage Index 1852-1860. Batch M517061 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Bath County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517063 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Bath County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517064 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Bath County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Bath County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Bath County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bath, Kentucky page 268, 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. May be used for free at Family History Center. To locate a center near you, click here.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.