Kentucky, United States Genealogy
Guide to Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records
|Kentucky Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
the Bluegrass State
Pennsylvania or through the Cumberland Gap from Virginia and North Carolina.
|How to Find Information about Kentucky Ancestors|
Counties[edit | edit source]
Major Repositories[edit | edit source]
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]
- How to order Kentucky Vital Records
- Kentucky Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Private genealogy list for Kentucky, sorted and alphabetized by subject
- History & Facts of Kentucky Counties
- The Kentucky GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Researching Kentucky Census Records
- Kentucky Pioneers blog of name lists in wills, genealogies, estates, Bible records, and gedcom files; enticing you to buy transcript books.
- Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps and Atlases
- David Rumsey Map Collection is a large online collection of rare, old, antique historical atlases, globes, maps, charts plus other cartographic treasures.
- Kentucky Genealogy extensive directory of Kentucky records
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- Kentucky Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Confederate Pension Applicatons (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Kentucky, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Death Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
- Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records
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
- 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.
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?
Obtain Additional Help[edit | edit source]
- Call or chat with an experienced researcher
- Join a Facebook Group
- Consult a Professional Genealogist
Help with the Kentucky Wiki pages[edit | edit source]
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