Difference between revisions of "Leslie County, Kentucky Genealogy"

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
(Added Probate Introduction)
(Added Land Introduction)
Line 184: Line 184:
==== Land  ====
==== Land  ====
{{KY Land}}
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]

Revision as of 02:52, 8 July 2013

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Kentucky  Gotoarrow.png  Leslie County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Kentucky
Online Records

Leslie County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Leslie County
Location in the state of Kentucky
Map of the U.S. highlighting Kentucky
Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded March 29, 1878
County Seat Hyden
Adopt-a-wiki page
Kylogosm.gif This page adopted by:
KYGenWeb Project
who welcome you to contribute.
and its representative
Leslie Co. KYGenWeb
Adopt a page today

Leslie County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Leslie County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1878 1878 1878 1880 1879 18--
*Many years between 1878 and 1911 are missing

Leslie County Courthouse
22010 Main St; PO Box 916
Hyden, KY 41749
Phone: 606.672.2193[1]

Leslie County Kentucky History

The county is named for Kentucky Governor Preston H. Leslie (1819-1907).

Parent County

1878--Leslie County was created 29 March 1878 from Clay, Harlan and Perry Counties.  County seat: Hyden [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Leslie County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Asher Cutshin Kaliopi Spruce Pine
Bear Branch Dryhill Lewis Creek Stinnett
Big Fork Essie Mozelle Thousandsticks
Bick Rock Frew Napier Warbranch
Causey Helton Roark Wendover
Chappell Hoskinston Saylor Wooton
Cinda Hyden Sizerock Yeaddiss
Confluence Jason Smilax

Neighboring Counties

Leslie 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.

For tips on accessing Leslie 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.



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 Leslie 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.





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



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

  • 1878 - Leslie County Marriage Index 1878. Batch M518151 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Leslie County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Leslie County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Leslie County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leslie County, Kentucky page 272, 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. 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.