Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Guide to Butler County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, military records, and immigration records. Part of the Western Coal Fields region.

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Butler County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Founded January 18, 1810
County Seat Morgantown
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Butler County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1810 1852 1810 1810 1813
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Butler County Courthouse, Morgantown, KY


Butler County Courthouse
110 N Main Street
Morgantown, KY 42261-0448
Phone: 270.526.5676[1]

Butler County Kentucky History

Parent County

1810--Butler County was created 18 January 1810 from Logan and Ohio Counties.
County seat: Morgantown [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.

County Pronunciation

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Butler County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Aberdeen Gilstrap Mining City Sharer
Banock Grancer Monford Silver City
Boston Harper Crossroads Morgantown South Hill
Brooklyn Harreldsville Neafus Sugar Grove
Casey Horsemill Needmore Tilford
Davis Crossroads Huldeville Pleasant Hill Turnertown
Decker Huntsville Provo Vineyard
Dexterville Jetson Quality Welchs Creek
Dimple Lee Reedyville Welcome
Dunbar Leetown Richelieu Woodbury
Eden Logansport Rochester Youngtown
Flener Love

Neighboring Counties

Butler 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.
  • Find A Grave also gives a list of cemeteries in Butler County and links to the  information for the individuals buried there,
  • 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
  • Butler 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. 
  • TheFamilySearch Catalog lists some records of cemeteries in Butler County.  Some of the books or others may be on Google Books or available at public libraries.
  • ePodunk list of Butler County cemeteries gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.


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 Butler 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.



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

- 27th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies B, C and E.



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



Probate records are held by the Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Butler 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 Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Butler 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 - Butler County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517151 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1874 - Butler County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517152 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-1876 - Butler County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517153 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1852-1859 - Butler County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517151 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-1876 - Butler County Marriage Index 1875-1876. Batch M517154 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1876-1878 - Butler County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517155 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Butler County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Butler County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Butler County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Butler County, Kentucky page 269, 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. Voice of Dorothy Murphy (b. 1927), life-long resident of Central City, Ky. (2011)
  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 https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.

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