Kentucky Fast Facts and Key Resources

Kentucky Fast Facts and Key Resources

Use these resources to make a run for your roots in the Bluegrass State.


? Statehood: 1792

? First available federal census: 1810

? Statewide birth and death records begin: 1911

? Statewide marriage records begin: 1958

? Counties: 120

? State-land state, with a section of public land

? Contact for vital records:

Office of Vital Statistics

275 E. Main St. 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
(502) 564-4212


Web Sites

? Cyndi’s List: Kentucky
? FamilySearch: Kentucky Research Outline
? The First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820
? Kentuckiana Digital Library
? Kentucky Cemetery Photographs
? Kentucky Cemetery Records Database
? Kentucky Death Records Index, 1911-2000
? Kentucky GenWeb Project
? Kentucky Historical Society Digital Collection
? Kentucky Histories
? Kentucky Land Records
? Kentucky Searchable Atlas
? Kentucky Virtual Library
? Ohio River Valley Families
? Revolutionary War Soldiers and Pensioners of Kentucky


? Contested Borderland: The Civil War in Appalachian Kentucky and Virginia by Brian D. McKnight (University Press of Kentucky)

? The Hunters of Kentucky: A Narrative History of America’s First Far West, 1750 — 1792 by Ted Franklin Belue (Stackpole Books)

? Index to the 1810 Census of Kentucky by Ann T. Wagstaff (Clearfield Co.)

? Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research by Roseann Reinemuth Hogan (Ancestry)

? The Life of Daniel Boone by Lyman Copeland Draper (Stackpole Books)

? New History of Kentucky by Lowell H. Harrison and James C. Klotter (University Press of Kentucky)

? Pioneer Families of Eastern and Southeastern Kentucky by William C. Kozee (Genealogical Publishing Co.)


? The Filson Historical Society

1310 S. Third St., Louisville, KY 40208, (502) 635-5083, <>

? Harrodsburg Historical Society

220 S. Chiles St., Box 316, Harrodsburg, KY 40330, (859) 734-5985, <>

? Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

300 Coffee Tree Road, Frankfort, KY 40601, (502) 564-8300, <>

? Kentucky Genealogical Society

Box 153, Frankfort, KY 40602, <>

? Kentucky Historical Society

100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601, (502) 564-1792, <>

From the March 2008 Family Tree Magazine 

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