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  • Nelson County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Jefferson County.
    Established:  29-Nov-1784
    County Seat:  Bardstown, Kentucky

    County history - Nelson County is named in honor of Thomas Nelson, Jr. (1738 1789), signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Virginia governor, (the county was a part of Virginia at the time).

    Nelson Courthouse
    1. Nelson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Nelson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Nelson County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online at the time of this update.)
    4. Nelson County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Nelson County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Nelson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Nelson County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Nelson County Vital Records - Nelson County Clerk, 311 East Stephen Foster, Bardstown, KY 40004-0312.

    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Nelson County Genealogical Roundtable / Bardstown, KY)


  • Nicholas County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of Bourbon and Mason Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1799
    County Seat:  Carlisle, Kentucky

    County history - Nicholas County is named in honor of Col. George Nicholas of Fayette County, the "Father of the Kentucky Constitution".

    Nicholas Courthouse
    1. Nicholas County - American History & Genealogy Project
    2. Nicholas County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Nicholas County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Nicholas County Historical Society / Carlisle, KY)
    4. Nicholas County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Nicholas County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Nicholas County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Nicholas County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Nicholas County Vital Records - Nicholas County Clerk, P.O. Box 227, Carlisle, KY 40311

      Census Information:
    9. 1810 Census (I) and (T) - One page (each) (I) and (T)


  • Ohio County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Hardin County.
    Established:  17-Dec-1798
    County Seat:  Hartford, Kentucky

    County history - Ohio County is named for the Ohio River, which formed the county's northern border until the creation of Daviess and Hancock counties.

    Ohio Courthouse
    GHLL Ohio County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Ohio County, KY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Ohio County Genealogical Society / Hartford, KY)
    6. US/KYGenWeb site - Ohio County Archives
    7. US/KYGenWeb - Ohio County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Ohio County Clerk, P.O. Box 85, Hartford, KY 42347.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Hancock County (north), Breckinridge County (northeast), Grayson County
             (east), Butler County (southeast), Muhlenberg County (southwest),
             McLean County (west), Daviess County (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1850 Census (T) - Federal Census, Ohio County (Text: 9 pages).
        1860 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Ohio County (Index: 1 folder with 13 pages / Text: 25 pages).
        1870 Census (T) - Federal Census, Ohio County (Text: 46 pages).

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  • Owen County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 7, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Gallatin, Pendleton, Franklin and Scott Counties.
    Established:  06-Feb-1819
    County Seat:  Owenton, Kentucky

    County history - Owen County is named in honor of Abraham Owen (1769-1811) was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia in 1769. He moved to Kentucky in 1785 and was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

    Owen Courthouse
    1. Owen County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Owen County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
    3. Owen County - Genealogical/Historical Society  (Owen County Historical Society / Owenton, KY)
    4. Owen County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
    5. Owen County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
    6. Owen County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

      Additional Local History/Genealogy:
    7. Owen County Cemeteries - Listings (county & cemetery); may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    8. Owen County Vital Records - Owen County Clerk, 36 Bryan Street, P.O. Box 338, Owenton, KY 40359-1440.


  • Owsley County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 12, 2013
  • Formed from:  portions of Clay, Estill, and Breathitt Counties.
    Established:  23-Jan-1843
    County Seat:  Booneville, Kentucky

    County history - Owsley County is named in honor of William Owsley (March 24, 1782  December 9, 1862) was an associate justice on the Kentucky Court of Appeals and the 16th Governor of Kentucky. He also served in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly and was Kentucky Secretary of State under Governor James Turner Morehead.

    Owsley Courthouse
    GHLL Owsley County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project; Owsley County AHGP and / or ALHN (Not found online at this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Owsley County, KY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Owsley County History and Genealogy Society / Booneville, KY)
    6. US/KYGenWeb site - Owsley County Archives
    7. US/KYGenWeb - Owsley County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Owsley County Clerk, Main Street, Booneville, KY 41314.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lee County (north), Breathitt County (east), Perry County (southeast),
             Clay County (south), Jackson County (west).
               Note:   County names in gray print are not yet linked, those in blue are linked.

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  • Perry County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Clay and Floyd Counties, 1820.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1821
    County Seat:  Hazard, Kentucky

    County history - Perry County is named in honor of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (August 23, 1785 - August 23, 1819), a naval hero in the War of 1812.

    Perry Courthouse
    GHLL Perry County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Perry County, KY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
          Perry County Genealogical & Historical Society
          148 Chester Street
          Hazard, KY 41701

    6. US/KYGenWeb site - Perry County Archives
    7. US/KYGenWeb - Perry County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Perry County Clerk, P.O. Box 150, Hazard, KY 41701-0150.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Breathitt County (north), Knott County (northeast), Letcher County
             (southeast), Harlan County (south), Leslie County (west), Clay County and
             Owsley County (northwest).

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  • Pike County, Kentucky — Updated:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed:  19-Dec-1821 — Established:  xx-xxx-1822
    (Formed from portions of Floyd County)

      County SeatPikeville

  • Pike County - American History & Genealogy Project
  • Pike County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Pike County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online)
       Pike County Historical Society
       P.O. Box 752
       Pikeville, KY 41501

  • Pike County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Pike County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Pike County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional History/Genealogy:
  • County Factoid - Named for General Zebulon Pike, the explorer who discovered
             Pikes Peak. Between 1860 and 1891 the Hatfield-McCoy feud raged in Pike
             and bordering Mingo County, West Virginia.
  • Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records,
             name lists, etc..

    Census Information:
  • 1880 Census (G) - contains pages (census images) in Enumeration Districts 034
             through 037 and 123 through 124.
  • Return to: County Menu




  • Pulaski County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 8, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Lincoln and Green counties, 10-Dec-1798.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1799
    County Seat:  Somerset, Kentucky

    County history - Pulaski County is named in honor of Casimir Pulaski, or Kazimierz PuBaski in Polish (March 6, 1745 - October 11, 1779), a Polish soldier, member of the Polish nobility and politician who has been called "the father of American cavalry".
             During the American Revolutionary War, he saved the life of George Washington and became a general in the Continental Army. He died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Savannah. Pulaski is one of only seven people to be awarded honorary citizenship to the US.


    Pulaski Courthouse
    GHLL Pulaski County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Pulaski County, KY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pulaski County Historical Society / Somerset, KY)
    6. US/KYGenWeb site - Pulaski County Archives
    7. US/KYGenWeb - Pulaski County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Pulaski County Clerk, P.O. Box 724, Somerset, KY 42501-0724.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lincoln County (north), Rockcastle County (northeast), Laurel County
             (east), McCreary County (southeast), Wayne County (southwest), Russell
                County
    (west), Casey County (northwest).

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  • Robertson County, Kentucky -
    Updated:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed:  xx-xxx-xxxx — Established:  xx-Aug-1867
    (Formed from portions of Nicholas, Bracken, Mason and Harrison Counties)

      County SeatMount Olivet

  • Robertson County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online)
  • Robertson County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Robertson County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online)
  • Robertson County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Robertson County - US/KyGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Robertson County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional History/Genealogy:
  • County Factoid - named for George Robertson, Kentucky Congressman from 1817
             to 1821.
  • Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records,
             name lists, etc..

  • Frontier Folk.org - History & Genealogy (Robertson County).
  • School Photos & Year BooK - Multiple School listings.
  • Return to: County Menu




  • Rockcastle County, Kentucky —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 9, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of Lincoln, Madison, Knoxand Pulaski Counties.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1810
    County Seat:  Mount Vernon, Kentucky

    County history - Rockcastle County is named for The Rockcastle River, a 54.8-mile-long (88.2 km) river, primarily in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. It is a tributary of the Cumberland River and therefore, via the Ohio River, part of the Mississippi River watershed. In 1750 it was discovered and named the Lawless River by Dr. Thomas Walker and his exploring party. It was soon renamed by hunter Isaac Lindsey for its castle-like rock formations.

    Rockcastle Courthouse
    GHLL Rockcastle County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Rockcastle County, KY Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rockcastle County Historical Society / Mt. Vernon, KY)
    6. US/KYGenWeb site - Rockcastle County Archives
    7. US/KYGenWeb - Rockcastle County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Rockcastle County Clerk, Main Street, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456-0365.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Garrard County (northwest), Madison County (northeast), Jackson County
             (east), Laurel County (southeast), Pulaski County (southwest), Lincoln
                County
    (west).
                      Note:   Counties followed by (green print) are not yet active.

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        Important dates:
             About 1792 - Stephen Langford and his family, including Elizabeth Ross Brown and several slaves, establish
                      Langford's Station.
             17 Jun 1796 - Langford, Valentine Harmon and William Henderson purchase the 2,000-acre "Barbour survey"
                       which included most of present-day Mt. Vernon.
             1 Apr 1810 - Rockcastle County formed from Knox, Lincoln, Madison and Pulaski Counties.
             1811 - Lots for a new town, which came to be Mt. Vernon, are surveyed and sold.
             1818 - Mt. Vernon (presumably named after George Washington's home) was incorporated.
             1826 - Form of county changed when a portion was given to Laurel County.
             1858 - Form of county changed again when a portion was given to Jackson County.
             21 Oct 1861 - Battle of Camp Wildcat in the Rockcastle Hills.
             12 Feb 1867 - Fish Point established (present day Livingston).
             1868 - Stigall's Stand becomes city of Brodhead.
             1868 - L&N Railroad reaches Mt. Vernon and Brodhead.
             1870 - Fish Point becomes terminus of Railroad.
             15 Aug 1873 - Fire at the courthouse destroys most records and documents.
             4 Aug 1879 - Fish Point name changed to Livingston Station.
             11 May 1882 - Livingston Station name changed to Livingston (as it is know today) named after James Livingston
                       one of the first settlers in the town.
             1887 - First paper, the Mountain Signal (later Mountain Eagle and now Mount Vernon Signal) established by
                       Colonel James Maret.
             1891 - Oak Hill School established.
             1909 - First public school established in Brodhead, called Brodhead High School.
             1910 - Mt. Vernon High School established.
             1927 - Mt.Vernon Elementary School established.
             1953 - Rockcastle Public Library established.
             1959 - Roundstone Elementary school established.
             1963 - Founder of Signal, Colonel James Maret, dies.
             1964 - 3rd Court house built.
             1969 - Harry Sparks Vocational School established.
             8 Aug 1992 - 4th Court house built called the Rockcastle County Judicial Complex.

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  • Rowan County, Kentucky -
    Updated:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed:  xx-xxx-1856 — Established:  xx-xxx-1856
    (Formed from portions of Fleming and Morgan Counties)

      County SeatMorehead

  • Rowan County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online)
  • Rowan County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Rowan County - Genealogical/Historical Society (None found online)
        Rowan County Historical Society
        P. O. Box 60
        Morehead, KY 4035

  • Rowan County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Rowan County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Rowan County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional History/Genealogy:
  • County Factoid - named for John Rowan, who represented Kentucky in the
             U.S. House and Senate.
  • Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records,
             name lists, etc..
  • Return to: County Menu





  • Russell County, Kentucky -
    Updated:  Apr 9, 2009
  • Formed:  xx-xxx-xxxx — Established:  xx-xxx-1825
    (Formed from portions of Cumberland, Dair and Wayne Counties)

      County SeatJamestown

  • Russell County - American History & Genealogy Project (None found online)
  • Russell County - Cities/Towns/Townships:  From Wikipedia
  • Russell County - Genealogical/Historical Society
  • Russell County - US/KYGenWeb site:  (Archives)
  • Russell County - US/KYGenWeb site:  Genealogy & History
  • Russell County - Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)

    Additional History/Genealogy:
  • County Factoid - named for William Russell.
  • Cemeteries - Listings (by county & cemetery). May include photos, records,
             name lists, etc..

    Census Information:
  • 1830 Census (I) and (T) - Four pages (1 index, 3 text)
  • 1840 Census (T) - four pages (no index)
  • 1930 Census (I) - two pages
  • Return to: County Menu



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