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Guide to Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records

Kentucky Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Kentucky Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources

Welcome to the Kentucky page,
the Bluegrass State

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Kentucky was formed in 1792. Many of its earliest settlers came down the Ohio River from Pennsylvania or through the Cumberland Gap from Virginia and North Carolina.

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   How to Find Information about Kentucky Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information

Counties[edit | edit source]

Extinct Counties:  Beckham | Fincastle | Josh Bell | Kentucky

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here. Template:KYimagemap2

Major Repositories[edit | edit source]

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Kentucky State Archives, Frankfort · Filson Library , Louisville · Martin F. Schmidt Research Library, Frankfort · National Archives at Atlanta · Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Migration Routes[edit | edit source]

Cumberland River · Green River · Kentucky River · Licking River · Mississippi River · Ohio River · Tennessee River · Louisville and Portland Canal · Buffalo Trace · Catawba Trail · Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail · Cumberland and Ohio Falls Trail · Great Valley Road · Kentucky Road · Maysville Turnpike · Nashville-Saline River Trail · Russellville-Shawneetown Trail · Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail · Warriors Path · Wilderness Road · Zane's Trace

 Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Most unique genealogical features[edit | edit source]

  • 70,000 walked/rode horseback on the Wilderness Road to KY before 1796
  • County marriages are the earliest and most complete vital record for KY
  • Eloping couples went to Mason Co., or Pike Co. to avoid waiting to marry
  • KY/TN border was disputed to 1859 - some did not know where they lived - look for family land records in both[1]
  • Some early KY records are in Virginia

Featured Content[edit | edit source]

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 land and property records in the Kentucky Land and Property article.
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The following databases are available online at the Kentucky Land Office website:

  • Virginia Patent Series and 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.

Did you know?[edit | edit source]

  • The most prominent early Indian tribes in Kentucky were the Cherokee, Chickasaws, and Shawnee. Most of these tribes were eliminated from Kentucky by about the early 1800s either through warfare or resettlement to other territories by the federal government. No separate records were kept for people with American Indian blood.
  • Did you know you can find your infamous Kentucky ancestors at Kentucky Blacksheep Ancestors?

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Alice Eichholz, ed., Redbook: American State, County, and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 239. (FHL Book 973 D27rb). [WorldCat entry].