Wayne County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Wayne County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Founded December 18, 1800
County Seat Monticello
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Wayne County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Wayne County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Wayne County Courthouse
109 N Main Street
Monticello, KY 42633[1]

Wayne County Kentucky History

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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[2]

Parent County

1800--Wayne County was created 18 December 1800 from Cumberland and Pulaski Counties.
County seat: Monticello [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1898--A disaster destroyed most of the records.

Wayne County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Barrier Gregory Oilton Spann
Bethesda Griffin Parmleysville Steubenville
Betsey Hardwick Parnell Stop (hist.)
Burfield Hidalgo Powersburg Sumpter
Cabell Jimtown Pueblo Sunnybrook
Cooper Kidder Ramsey Island Susie
Coopersville Kidds Crossing Rankin Swifton
Delta Low Gap Ritner Touristville
Denney Mill Springs Rockybranch Wait
Eadsville Monticello Sandclift Windy
Frazer Mount Pisgah Shearer Valley Wray Gap
Frisby Murl Short Mountain Zula
Gapcreek Number One Slat
Gar (hist.) Oil Valley Slickford

Neighboring Counties

Wayne County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research. 



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1810 5,430
1820 7,951 46.4%
1830 8,685 9.2%
1840 7,399 −14.8%
1850 8,692 17.5%
1860 10,259 18.0%
1870 10,602 3.3%
1880 12,512 18.0%
1890 12,852 2.7%
1900 14,892 15.9%
1910 17,518 17.6%
1920 16,208 −7.5%
1930 15,848 −2.2%
1940 17,204 8.6%
1950 16,475 −4.2%
1960 14,700 −10.8%
1970 14,268 −2.9%
1980 17,022 19.3%
1990 17,468 2.6%
2000 19,923 14.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Wayne County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.




  • [Burnett] Peterson, Dorothy Burnett. Blue Ridge Heritage; Burnett, Branscome, Hylton, Cox, Slaughter and Related Families. Memphis, Tenn.: Roblee Press, 1982. FHL Book 929.273 B934p.


The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Wayne County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Deed Book A: 1800-1811
  2. Deed Book B: 1811-1822

Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Wayne County.

  • January 19, 1862 = Mill Springs, also known as Logan's Cross-Roads or Fishing Creek[4]
Map showing Civil War battles in Kentucky.





The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Wayne County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

  1. Will Book 1: 1802-1807
  2. Will Book B: 1814-1835
  3. Will Book A: 1836-1909


Vital Records

  • 1852-1858 - Wayne County Birth Index 1852-1858. Batch C518061 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1874 - Wayne County Birth Index 1874. Batch C518062 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1852-1859 - Wayne County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M518061 at FamilySearch - free.[5]

Wayne County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Wayne County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

  • KYGenWeb project. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select the county.
  • State of Kencucky Website
  • USGenWeb Kentucky Archives ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

Wayne County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Kentucky page 275, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 7 August, 2012)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.