Kentucky, United States Genealogy

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This article is about a state of the United States. For other uses, see Kentucky (disambiguation).

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Kentucky was a "state-land" state, meaning the state government appropriated all land within its borders. Land was surveyed in odd-sized lots in much of the state, but west of the Tennessee River it was surveyed in townships. Several types of land grants were issued in Kentucky. Warrants authorizing surveys of the desired land were issued to persons qualified to receive grants for military service (military warrants) or cash payments (treasury warrants). Read more about the subject of land and property records in the Kentucky Land and Property article.

The following databases are available online at the Kentucky Land Office website:

  • Virginia Patent Series & Old Kentucky Patent Series.
  • Revolutionary War Warrants database.
  • West of Tennessee River Military Patents database
  • Certificates of Settlement and Preemption Warrants database.
  • Virginia Treasury Warrants Register,
  • Lincoln Entries database.
  • County Court Order Patents database.
  • Jackson Purchase database.
  • West of Tennessee River Non-Military Patents Database.


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Extinct Counties:  Beckham | Fincastle | Josh Bell | Kentucky

Major Repositories

Pioneer Pathways

  • Ohio River
  • Tennessee River
  • Cumberland River
  • Kentucky River
  • Green River
  • Licking River

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