Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Bourbon County, Kentucky
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Founded October 17, 1785
County Seat Paris
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Beginning Dates for Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1786 1852 1810 1786 1786
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Bourbon County Courthouse
310 Main Street
Paris, KY 40361
Phone: 606.987.2142[1]

Bourbon County Kentucky History

Parent County

1785--Bourbon County was created 17 October 1785 from Fayette County.
County seat: Paris [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1872--A disaster caused the loss of some records.

  • Lost censuses: 1790, 1800

Bourbon County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Austerlitz Escondida Kiserton Paris
Blacks Crossroads Ewalt Crossroads Little Rock Plum
Brentsville Hopewell Middletown Ruddels Mills
Bunker Hill Hutchison Millersburg Shawhan
Cane Ridge Jacksonville Monterey Sidville
Clintonville Jackstown North Middletown Stony Point

Neighboring Counties

Bourbon 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.

  • Bourbon County Cemeteries with photos, names and stone photos.
  • 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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200719,8392.5%

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

1790 - Lost, but a substitute is available, see Taxation.

1800 - Lost, but a substitute is available:


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.


•   Baptist History Homepage - transcriptions of a large number of church annual meeting      minutes, Baptist newspapers, etc.




More than 100 genealogies have been published about Bourbon County families. To view a list, visit Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy.


  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Bourbon County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]


Land Grants and Patents

  • Virginia Land Office. [Index], Commonwealth's Grants or Patents [1779-1794, 1801 Now in Kentucky]. Original records, Virginia State Land Office, Richmond, Va. FHL US/CAN Film 7811 Item 1. [Some of the land was situated in Bourbon County.]
  • Kentucky Land Office - land patents
  • Bourbon County Land Records - Surveys before 1800; Deed Books A, B & C transcriptions, etc.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Bourbon 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.



French and Indian War
  • Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1988. Available at FHL. [Identifies a Bourbon County veteran; see place name index.]
Revolutionary War
  • Bell, Annie W.B. Record of Pension Abstracts Pertaining to Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Indian Wars: Who Settled in Bourbon County, Kentucky. 1934. FHL US/CAN Book 976.942 M23b.
War of 1812
  • Bell, Annie W.B. Record of Pension Abstracts Pertaining to Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Indian Wars: Who Settled in Bourbon County, Kentucky. 1934. FHL US/CAN Book 976.942 M23b.
World War II
  • Bourbon County Woman's Club (Paris, Ky.). Bourbon County Men and Women Who Served in World War Two. Digital version at Kentuckiana Digital Library.





Bourbon County Wills and Estates - a variety of wills and related materials

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Bourbon County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Will Book A: 1786-1795
  2. Will Book B: 1795-1805

London Court

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. North American Wills Registered in London 1611-1857. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2007. [Includes will of a resident of Bourbon County proved in London. These records often help establish an immigrant's place of origin.]


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.

  • 1787 - Schreiner-Yantis, Netti and Florene Speakman Love. The 1787 Census of Virginia: An Accounting of the Name of Every White Male Tithable Over 21 Years, the Number of White Males Between 16 & 21 Years, the Number of Slaves over 16 & Those Under 16 Years, Together with a Listing of Their Horses, Cattle & Carriages, and Also the Names of All Persons to Whom Ordinary Licenses and Physician's Licenses Were Issued. 3 vols. Springfield, Va.: Genealogical Books in Print, 1987. Available at FHL. [The source of this publication is the 1787 personal property tax list. Bourbon County is included in Vol. 1.]
  • 1790-1791 - Heinemann, Charles B. "First Census" of Kentucky 1790. Washington, D.C.: n.p., 1940. 1981 reprint: FHL US/CAN 976.9 X2ph 1981; digital version at Kentucky Kinfolks. ["8 pages of 1790 were used and 3 volumes of 1791. There is some duplication of names."]
  • 1800 - 1800 Tax List of Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[3] digitized by Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

  • 1852-1859 - Bourbon County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517081 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Bourbon County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517082 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1786-1855 - Bourbon County Marriages - marriage bonds 1786 - 1798; marriages 1786 - 1855, etc.
  • 1853-1860 - Bourbon County Marriage Index 1853-1860. Batch M517081 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1879 - Bourbon County Marriage Index 1876-1879. Batch M517083 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • Kentucky Marriage Records, from the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983. FHL US/CAN Book 976.9 V2km. [Includes marriages from Bourbon County.]
  • Shane, John Dabney and Presbyterian Historical Society. Shane Manuscript Collection. Original records, Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Penn. FHL US/CAN Film 948631.

Bourbon County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Bourbon County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Bourbon County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bourbon 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at