Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Boone County, Kentucky
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Founded December 13, 1798
County Seat Burlington
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Boone County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1798 1852 1810 1799 1800
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Boone County Courthouse
2950 E Washington Square
Burlington, KY 41005
Phone: 606.334.2112[1]

Boone County Kentucky History

Parent County

1798--Boone County was created 13 December 1798 from Campbell County.
County seat: Burlington [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1880--A disaster caused the loss of some records.

Boone County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Beaverlick Florence Kensington Stringtown
Belleview Francisville Limaburg Sugartit
Big Bone Hamilton Marydale Taylorsport
Bullitsburg (hist.) Hebron Oakbrook Union
Bullittsville Hopeful Heights Petersburg Verona
Burlington Hueys Corners Rabbit Hash Walton
Constance Hume Richwood Waterloo
Devon Idlewild

Neighboring Counties

Boone 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.


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 2008115,22134.0%

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Boone 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.



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]


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Boone 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.





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



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

  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] 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 Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Boone 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 - Boone County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517071 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874-1875 - Boone County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517072 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Boone County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517073 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1852-1860 - Boone County Marriage Index 1852-1860. Batch M517071 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875 - Boone County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517074 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Boone County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517075 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Boone County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Boone County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Boone County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Boone County, 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. 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at