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:- [[10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson's) (Confederate)|10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson's) (Confederate)]], Company L
:- [[35th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)|35th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)]], Company K
:- [[8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)|8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)]], Company B
:- [[8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)|8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)]], Company E
:- [[8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)|8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union)]], Company H
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Guide to Henderson County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. Located in the Western Coal Fields region.

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Founded December 21, 1798
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Beginning Dates for Henderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1798 1852 1810 1797 1799
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Henderson County Courthouse, Henderson, KY


Henderson County Courthouse
232 1st St; PO Box 374
Henderson, KY 42420-3146
Phone: 270.827.5671[1]

Henderson County Kentucky History

Parent County

1798--Henderson County was created 21 December 1798 from Christian County.
County seat: Henderson [2]

Boundary Changes

County Pronunciation

Record Loss

Henderson County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Anthoston Corydon Henderson Scuffletown
Baskett Dixie Jonesburg Smith Mills
Beals Euterpe Niagara Spottsville
Bluff City Finley Addition Rankin Tunnel Hill
Cairo Geneva Reed Weaverton
Carlinburg Graham Hill Robards Wilson
Coraville Hebbardsville Rock Springs

Neighboring Counties

Henderson County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200645,6661.9%

For tips on accessing Henderson 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]
  • Moody, Shirley C. Kith and Kin of Henderson County, Kentucky and Their Descendants. 6 vols. Evansville, Ind.: S. Moody, 1991. FHL Film 1597933 Items 1-6
  • [Baker] Chapman, Peggy Brown. Bakers of Logan, Christian, Muhlenberg, Livingston, Henderson, Hopkins, Caldwell, Union, Todd, Trigg, Crittenden, Lyon, McLean and Webster Counties & Jackson Purchase, Kentucky. Lubbock, Texas: P.B. Chapman, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 B171cp
  • [Bethell] Bethell, John Pinckney. Some Descendants of James Bethell, Who Came from England to Jamestown, Virginia in 1625 ... and of Union Bethell, 1826-1907, of Newburg, Indiana to Henderson County, Kentucky. Des Arc, Ark.: Bethell, 1975. FHL Film 928178 Item 13
  • [Crowley] Crowley, Ariel L. Benjamin Harrison Crowley of Henderson, Kentucky, an Account of His Maternal Ancestry. Typescript. 1969. FHL Book 929.273 C886cr; Supplement: FHL Book 929.273 C886cr supp.
  • [Hart] Smith, Zachary F. and Mary Rogers Clay. The Clay Family. Louisville, Ky.: John P. Morton and Company, 1899. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Jones] Jones, Otey Sherman. The History of the Jones Family of Henderson, Kentucky. St. Louis, Mo.: O.S. Jones, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 J71jos
  • [Tippin] Tippin, James Jackson. English Tipping Ancestry of Sanford Lathadeus Tippin Family of Henderson Co., Kentucky (U.S.A.). Typescript. 1900 (?). FHL Fiche 6018262
  • [Tippin] Tippin, James Jackson. Ancestry of Sanford Lathadeus Tippin Family of Henderson County, Kentucky. Shreveport, La.: J.J. Tippin, 1940. FHL Film 1405352


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 Henderson 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.



Civil War

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

- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company L.
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Diamond's) (Confederate), Company L
- 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson's) (Confederate), Company L
- 35th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Company K
- 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company E
- 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company H
- 8th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Company L



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




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 Henderson County, Kentucky Genealogy is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[4] 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 Henderson County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Henderson 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 - Henderson County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517481 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1874 - Henderson County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517482 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1875-1876 - Henderson County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517483 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1852-1861 - Henderson County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch M517481 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1875 - Henderson County Birth Index 1875. Batch M517484 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1876-1878 - Henderson County Birth Index 1876-1878. Batch M517485 at FamilySearch - free.[5]

County Clerk has birth and death records 1911-1949[1]

Henderson County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Henderson County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Henderson County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Henderson County, Kentucky page 271, 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. 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).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.