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KENTUCKY

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An Introduction

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 by Surname

Researching

by Location

Gen-Tool Kit

Internet Resources

About This Webpage

 

 

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introduction

Introduction

 

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     Kentucky officially the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a state located in the Upper South of the United States.  After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville between 1784 and 1792.  In 1790, Kentucky's delegates accepted Virginia's terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union. Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Surname

Researching
by Surname

 

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this U.S. State. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral lines.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

Abbott;   Adams;   Bauldwin;   Bishop;   Bolin;   Bracken;   Brown;   Carter;   Clemens (Clemmons);   Collier;   Davis;   Eades;   Elder;   Eubanks;   Floyd;   Garnett;   Giddens;   Johnson;   Leslie;   Littlepage;   Moreland;   Oliver;   Peachee;   Peyton;   Pinnell;   Poage;   Rigdon;   Salisbury;   Sigler;   Sims;   Sizemore;   Skaggs;   Sullivan;   Walker

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
 Search Engines

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

The world’s largest free genealogy search engine, Mocavo.com, provides genealogists access to the best free genealogy content on the web

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including billions of names, dates and places worldwide. Mocavo.com seeks to index and make searchable all of the world’s free genealogy information.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Researching
by Location

 

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

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Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

Carter;   Christian;   Fleming;   Floyd;   Hopkins;   Mason

 

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Gazetteer of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

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Kentucky Cities - profiles of 4,942 Kentucky cities, towns & neighborhoods

Kentucky Schools search by city, county, or address

Kentucky Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Kentucky Cultural Features such as parks, hospitals & airports

Kentucky Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

 

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* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

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Kentucky, United States

Details | Resources | Counties | Cities | Cemeteries

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Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this State

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of State and County boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you may be looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, as well as people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.  The following link will take you to a list of all the boundary changes to this State and each county or equivalent within this U.S. State, as well as the date these changes occurred.  Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change.

 

View Interactive Map Maps and text covering the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county, and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the first county through 31 December 2000. Choose a date (day, month, and year) to view historical county configurations against the modern county network. Use the toolbar to zoom, pan, measure, view descriptions and citations, or print a desired map. Use the Help button on top right of the interactive map frame to read full descriptions of how to use the layers and tools on the interactive map site.

 

View Index of Counties and Equivalents Complete index of every county, county equivalent, or other area relevant to the evolution of evolution of state and county boundaries; includes extinct and proposed counties, non-county areas, and provides cross references for name changes, and hyperlinks to corresponding entries from the Individual County Chronologies. Also accessible from the County Index link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

 

View Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries Organizes the historical data chronologically, combining all the county events into a single composite entry for each date. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

 

View Individual County Chronologies Organizes the historical data alphabetically by county name with each entry covering all the changes to a single county or equivalent. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

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County Research (Genealogical)

County Research
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Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

·    Adair

·    Allen

·    Anderson

·    Ballard

·    Barren

·    Bath

·    Bell

·    Boone

·    Bourbon

·    Boyd

·    Boyle

·    Bracken

·    Breathitt

·    Breckinridge

·    Bullitt

·    Butler

·    Caldwell

·    Calloway

·    Campbell

·    Carlisle

·    Carroll

·    Carter

·    Casey

·    Christian

·    Clark

·    Clay

·    Clinton

·    Crittenden

·    Cumberland

·    Daviess

·    Edmonson

·    Elliott

·    Estill

·    Fayette

·    Fleming

·    Floyd

·    Franklin

·    Fulton

·    Gallatin

·    Garrard

·    Grant

·    Graves

·    Grayson

·    Green

·    Greenup

·    Hancock

·    Hardin

·    Harlan

·    Harrison

·    Hart

·    Henderson

·    Henry

·    Hickman

·    Hopkins

·    Jackson

·    Jefferson

·    Jessamine

·    Johnson

·    Kenton

·    Knott

·    Knox

·    LaRue

·    Laurel

·    Lawrence

·    Lee

·    Leslie

·    Letcher

·    Lewis

·    Lincoln

·    Livingston

·    Logan

·    Lyon

·    Madison

·    Magoffin

·    Marion

·    Marshall

·    Martin

·    Mason

·    McCracken

·    McCreary

·    McLean

·    Meade

·    Menifee

·    Mercer

·    Metcalfe

·    Monroe

·    Montgomery

·    Morgan

·    Muhlenberg

·    Nelson

·    Nicholas

·    Ohio

·    Oldham

·    Owen

·    Owsley

·    Pendleton

·    Perry

·    Pike

·    Powell

·    Pulaski

·    Robertson

·    Rockcastle

·    Rowan

·    Russell

·    Scott

·    Shelby

·    Simpson

·    Spencer

·    Taylor

·    Todd

·    Trigg

·    Trimble

·    Union

·    Warren

·    Washington

·    Wayne

·    Webster

·    Whitley

·    Wolfe

·    Woodford

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County Research  (General)

County Research
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Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

·    Adair

·    Allen

·    Anderson

·    Ballard

·    Barren

·    Bath

·    Bell

·    Boone

·    Bourbon

·    Boyd

·    Boyle

·    Bracken

·    Breathitt

·    Breckinridge

·    Bullitt

·    Butler

·    Caldwell

·    Calloway

·    Campbell

·    Carlisle

·    Carroll

·    Carter

·    Casey

·    Christian

·    Clark

·    Clay

·    Clinton

·    Crittenden

·    Cumberland

·    Daviess

·    Edmonson

·    Elliott

·    Estill

·    Fayette

·    Fleming

·    Floyd

·    Franklin

·    Fulton

·    Gallatin

·    Garrard

·    Grant

·    Graves

·    Grayson

·    Green

·    Greenup

·    Hancock

·    Hardin

·    Harlan

·    Harrison

·    Hart

·    Henderson

·    Henry

·    Hickman

·    Hopkins

·    Jackson

·    Jefferson

·    Jessamine

·    Johnson

·    Kenton

·    Knott

·    Knox

·    LaRue

·    Laurel

·    Lawrence

·    Lee

·    Leslie

·    Letcher

·    Lewis

·    Lincoln

·    Livingston

·    Logan

·    Lyon

·    Madison

·    Magoffin

·    Marion

·    Marshall

·    Martin

·    Mason

·    McCracken

·    McCreary

·    McLean

·    Meade

·    Menifee

·    Mercer

·    Metcalfe

·    Monroe

·    Montgomery

·    Morgan

·    Muhlenberg

·    Nelson

·    Nicholas

·    Ohio

·    Oldham

·    Owen

·    Owsley

·    Pendleton

·    Perry

·    Pike

·    Powell

·    Pulaski

·    Robertson

·    Rockcastle

·    Rowan

·    Russell

·    Scott

·    Shelby

·    Simpson

·    Spencer

·    Taylor

·    Todd

·    Trigg

·    Trimble

·    Union

·    Warren

·    Washington

·    Wayne

·    Webster

·    Whitley

·    Wolfe

·    Woodford

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

Where in the World are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Gen Tool-Kit

 

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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral state for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the State Archives; the State Library; and the State historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.

 

Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.

Cemeteries

History

Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers

 Records

Societies

(History & Genealogical)

Cemeteries

Cemeteries

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History

List of National Register of Historic Places in Kentucky

·         The History of Kentucky

·         Kentucky Bibliography

·         Kentucky Postal History

·         Kentucky: The Catholic Encyclopedia

·         Mennonites in Kentucky

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Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Historic House Museums & Historic Structures

·         Historic House Museums in Kentucky

·         Historical Museum Guide for Kentucky

·         Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archive

·         Kentucky Historical Society Digital Collections

·         Kentucky Historical Society Research Databases

·         Kentucky Public Libraries

·         Mining Museums and Miners' Memorials for Kentucky

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Maps and Gazetteers

 

·         Kentucky 1795

·         State of Kentucky 1796

·         Kentuckey 1796

·         Kentucky 1796

·         Kentucky 1797

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Records

·         Kentucky Genealogy Records

·         Kentucky Free Public Records Directory

·         Kentucky Online Historical Newspapers

·         Kentucky Department for Public Health

·         Online Kentucky Death Records & Indexes

·         Kentucky Vital Records Information

·         Kentucky Vital Records Project

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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

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Internet resources

Internet
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The Google search engine  button  and following web sites    may     provide    you

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with additional information to assist with your research about   this   U. S.   State. 

General Resources

Locality Specific Resources

FREE Record Collections

Our Genealogy Reference Library

 

General Resources

·         GenealogyLinks.net

·         n2genealogy.com

·         50states.com - States and Capitals

·         United States Research Wiki – Family Search

·         Kindred Trails.com

·         Genealogy Trails History Group

·         Family Search,  USA IGI Batches, Localities

·         Birth & Marriage Records Indexes for USA

·         Record Search - Family Search.org

·         Genealogy.com: Resources by county

·         Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·         The USGenWeb Project

·         RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·         Genealogy Forum: U.S. States

·         Rootsweb.com – U.S. Message Boards

·         Cyndi's List – United States Index

·         USGenWeb Archives

·         Data Base Collections at Ancestry.com ($)

·         Ancestry.com Wiki

·         MyGenealogist.com

·         Histopolis.com – Collaborative Genealogy and History

·         Access Genealogy

·         DistantCousin.com - archive of genealogy records

·         Searchable Death Indexes & Records

·         Census Finder –Free Census and other Records

·         StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

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Locality Specific Resources

Locality Specific Resources

·         Genealogy Links – Kentucky

·         Kentucky at n2genealogy.com

·         50states.com -  Kentucky

·         Research Wiki - Kentucky

·         Kindred Trails.com – Kentucky

·         Genealogy Trails History Group – Kentucky

·         Kentucky Genealogy Forum

·         Rootsweb Message Board – Kentucky

·         Cyndi's List – Kentucky

·         USGenWeb Archives – Kentucky

·         Kentucky Data Collection at Ancestry.com ($)

·         Ancestry.com Wiki - Kentucky

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Free Records & Databases

FREE Records
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All of the records and databases we’ve collected are FREE and can be accessed and searched online without having to pay for a subscription.   We have divided our collected into 14 record types as follows: Biographical; Birth; Cemetery; Census & City Directories; Church; Court; Death; Immigration & Naturalization; Land; Marriage; Military; Newspapers; Occupational; and Tax Records.    We try not to list any sites that have only a few records for the purpose of getting you to a website that will charge a fee to actually see the record beyond just a name.  

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Genealogy Reference Library

Our Genealogy 
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The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

This Link will take you to our