Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Marshall County, Kentucky
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Founded February 12, 1842
County Seat Benton
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, KY


Marshall County Courthouse
1101 Main Street
Benton, KY 42025-1498
Phone 270.527.4740[1]


Parent County

1842--Marshall County was created in 1842 from Calloway County.

County seat: Benton

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

1888, 1914--Disasters destroyed most records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Altona Cambridge Shores Harris Hill Ford Possum Trot
Aurora Cloud Crossing Harvey Scale
Benton Dogtown  Iola Sharpe
Birmingham Draffenville Little Bear Creek Sherwood Shores
Brewers Elva Little Cypress South Marshall
Brien Fairdealing Marshall Tatumsville
Briensburg Gilbertsville Oak Level The Moors
Buena Vista Glade Olive Walnut Grove
Calvert City Hardin Palma

Neighboring Counties



African American Research

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


  • KY Biographies ~ Jeff Murphy's Kentucky Biographies Project
  • All of the family biographies from the 1885 History of Marshall County, Kentucky by Battle, Perrin, and Kniffin are available free online on My Genealogy Hound


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Marshall 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 Marshall 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 Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



Probate records are held by the Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977 for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. 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.

Online Probate Records


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 {{{1}}} County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the {{{1}}} County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records

  • 1852-1861 - Marshall County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517721 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1874 - Marshall County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517722 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1875 - Marshall County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517723 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1852-1861 - Marshall County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517721 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1875 - Marshall County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517724 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1876-1878 - Marshall County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517725 at FamilySearch - free.[2]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marshall County, Kentucky page 273, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at