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:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company B
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:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company C
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company D
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company E
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company F
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company G
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company H
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company I
:- [[48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company K
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Kentucky  Gotoarrow.png  Caldwell County

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

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Caldwell 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 31, 1809
County Seat Princeton
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Caldwell County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1808 1852 1810 1811 1809
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Caldwell County Courthouse
100 East Market Street Room 3
Princeton, Ky 42445-1675
Phone: 270.365.6754[1]

Caldwell County Kentucky History

Parent County

1809--Caldwell County was created 31 January 1809 from Livingston County.
County seat: Princeton [2]

Boundary Changes

Was formed from Livingston County in 1809. Before that, modern-day Caldwell County was part of Christian, Logan, and Lincoln Counties--Lincoln County being one of the three original counties in Kentucky.  

Record Loss

The courthouse fire on 15 Dec 1864 destroyed some records

Caldwell County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bakers Enon McGowan Ruth
Baldwin ford Farmersville Midway Scottsburg
Cedar Bluff Flat Rock Needmore Smith Ford
Claxton Fredonia Otter Pond The Bluff
Cobb Friendship Princeton Tom Gray Ford
Creswell Harper Ford Pumpkin Center Utley Ford
Crider Hopson Quinn Walche Cut
Crowtown Lakeshore Rufus White Sulphur
Dulaney Lewistown

Neighboring Counties

Caldwell 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.

  • 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


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Caldwell 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.



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]


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 Caldwell 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 Caldwell 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 Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy:

- 48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and K.


Times Leader Newspaper

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


Probate records are held by the Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Caldwell 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 Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Caldwell 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..

  • 1852-1861 - Caldwell County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517161 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Caldwell County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517162 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1911-1930 - Caldwell Co., KyGenWeb Birth Records 1911-1930

Caldwell County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Caldwell County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

Caldwell County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Caldway 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 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.