Kentucky Genealogists

Our Kentucky genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Kentucky, including:

  • Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA)
    Central repository for city, county, and state records
  • Martin F. Schmidt Research Library
    Manuscripts, maps, photographs, and finding aids for the collections at Kentucky Historical Society. Includes 150,000 names transcribed by volunteers from gravestones across Kentucky.
  • Margaret I. King Library
    Contains church records, historical manuscripts including Draper, county and local histories, government records, and biographies
  • Western Kentucky University Library
    Church histories and biographical files relating to south central Kentucky
  • Eastern Kentucky University Library, Crabbe Library
    Records about Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina, with an emphasis on Kentucky records
  • Lexington Public Library
    Houses many sources on state and local history and genealogy, family histories, census indexes, and some census microfilm. Has excellent collection of Lexington newspapers and an extensive newspaper index
  • Murray State University, Forrest C. Pogue Special Collections Library
    Records on all areas of Kentucky, with emphasis on the western portion
  • Kenton County Public Library
    Extensive statewide, local, and family history materials and in-depth collections for northern Kentucky. Has local newspaper index for 1835 to 1931 and 1984 to present, including an obituary index

Our genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Kentucky include:

  • Birth and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1852
  • Marriage records were kept by some towns as early as 1785
  • Birth and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1911 to the present
  • Marriage records have been recorded by the state government from 1958 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1810
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded every 10 years from 1840 through 1890
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the county clerk from 1800s to the present
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1790
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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