Kentucky Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.

Guides and Bibliographies

Hehir, Donald M. Kentucky families: A Bibliographic Listing. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1993. Call # Local History Ref Z1287 .H44 1993 (2nd floor open shelf).

Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth. Kentucky ancestry: a guide to genealogical and historical research. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry, c1992. Call# Local History Ref F450 .H64 1992 (2nd floor open shelf)

Schweitzer, George K. Kentucky Genealogical Research. Knoxville, TN: G. K. Schweitzer, c1981. Call # Local History Ref F450 .S33 (2nd floor open shelf).


The records of the United States census for Kentucky from 1790-1930 are available online at the public access computers. Federal census microfilm holdings for 1840- 1880, and published statewide indexes for 1840-1860 are available. CDROM index for 1870 and an 1880 Soundex index also available. Ask at 2nd floor reference desk.

Vital Records

Death Certificate Index, 1911-1986. Frankfort, KY: Commonwealth of Kentucky Dept. for Health Services, 1988. Call # Microfiche 2764.

Kentucky Marriage Records: From the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1983. Call # Local History Ref F450 .K455 1983 (2nd floor open shelf). Marriage lists based on courthouse records.

The Kentucky Vital Records Index is maintained by the University of Kentucky. It indexes death records (1911-1992), marriages (1973-1993) and divorces (1973-1993). 

City Directories

The Newberry holds almost 40 city directories pertaining to the state of Kentucky.


Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Kentucky. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, c1995. Call # Local History Ref G1201 .F7 A8 1993 Ky. (2nd floor open shelf). The atlas is also available online.

Source Materials & Local Histories

Cook, Michael L. Kentucky Index of Biographical Sketches in State, Regional, and County Histories. Evansville, IN: Cook Publications, 1986. Call # Local History Ref Z1287 .C66 1986 (2nd floor open shelf). Index to subjects of biographical sketches.

Jackson, Ronald Vern. Index to Kentucky Wills to 1851: the Testators. Salt Lake City, UT: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1979. Call # Local History Ref folio F450 .J33 (2nd floor open shelf).

King, J. Estelle Stewart. Abstract of early Kentucky wills and inventories: copied from original and recorded wills and inventories. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 2001, c1933 Call# F450 .K56 2001.

Peyton, Helen E. Hart. Some early pioneers of western Kentucky: their ancestors and descendants. Decorah, IA: Anudsen, c1984. Call# folio F450 .P49

Land and Tax Records

Early Kentucky Tax Records: From the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1984. Call # Local History Ref F450 .E16 1984 (2nd floor open shelf).

Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants: A Systematic Index to all of the Land Grants Recorded in the State Land Office at Frankfort, Kentucky, 1782-1924. Baltimore, Genealogical Pub. Co., 1971. Call # Local History Ref HD243 .K4 J5 1971 (2nd floor open shelf).

Sutherland, James Franklin. Early Kentucky householders, 1787-1811. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1986. Call# Local History Ref F450 .S97 1986 (2nd floor open shelf)

Sutherland, James Franklin. Early Kentucky landholders, 1787-1811. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1986. Call# Local History Ref F450 .S98 1986 (2nd floor open shelf) The Kentucky Land Office Website contains a number of searchable databases and historical information about Kentucky land records.

Ethnic Sources

Gorin, Michelle Bartley. South central Kentucky vital statistics: births & deaths for slaves and black families. Glasgow, KY: Gorin Genealogical Pub., 1994-. Call # folio F450 .G67 1994.

Non-white marriage index, 1866-1914: Hopkins County, Kentucky. Utica, KY: Hopkins County Genealogical Society, 2003. Call # F457.H8 N6 2003.

Smith, Clifford Neal. Early nineteenth-century German settlers in Ohio (mainly Cincinnati and environs), Kentucky, and other states. McNeal, AZ: Westland Publications, 1984-<1991>. Call# folio F499.C59 G37 1984.


The following periodicals are indexed by topic and every name in Kentucky Genealogical Index. Call # Local History Ref F450 .T73 (2nd floor open shelf). Subject indexing also in Periodical Source Index. All of these periodicals are on 2nd floor open shelf.

  • The East Kentuckian. Call # F450 .E17.
  • Kentucky Ancestors. Call # F450 .K4.
  • Kentucky Genealogist. Call # F450 .K43.
  • Kentucky Pioneer Genealogy and Records. Call # F446 .K46.


Abstracts of Pensions: Soldiers of the Revolution, 1812 and Indian Wars who Settled in Kentucky. [s.i.: s.n.], 1931-1954. Call # Local History Ref F450 .A37 1931 (2nd floor open shelf). Divided by county with indexing at the end of each county section.

George, Henry. History of the 3d, 7th, 8th and l2th Kentucky C.S.A. Louisville, KY: C.T. Dearing, 1911. Call # F 8619 .364

Lynn, Stephen Douglas. Confederate pensioners of Kentucky: pension applications of the veterans & widows, 1912-1946. Baltimore, MD: Gateway Press, 2000. Call# E564.3 .L95 2000.

Reinhart, Joseph R. A history of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.: the boys who feared no noise. Louisville, KY: Beargrass Press, c2000. Call# E509.5 6th .R45 2000.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky. 2 volumes. Frankfort, 1866-67. Call # Local History Ref E509.2 .K37 1866 (2nd floor open shelf). Listings for Union forces.

Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky, Confederate Kentucky Volunteers, War 1861-65. 2 volumes. Utica, KY: Cook & McDowell Publications, c1980. Call # Local History Ref E564.3 .K45 1980 (2nd floor open shelf).

Simpson, Alicia. Kentucky Confederate Veteran and Widows Pension Index. Hartford, KY: Cook & McDowell, 1979. Call # vUB374 .K4 S56.

Sons of the Revolution, Kentucky Society. Year book, Kentucky Society, Sons of the American Revolution: containing a roll of the officers of Virginia line who received land bounties, a roll of the Revolutionary pensioners in Kentucky… Louisville, KY: Printed for the Society by John P. Morton, 1896. Call # Local History Ref. E202.3 .K58 1896 (2nd floor open shelf)

Wright, T.J. History of the Eighth regiment Kentucky vol. inf[antry]… St. Joseph, MO: St Joseph steam printing. 1880. Call # F 8349 .322


Cox, Evelyn M. Cemetery list, church rolls, etc., Hopkins, Webster, Todd, Butler and Logan county, Kentucky. Madisonville, KY: E.M. Cox, 1963? Call # folio E 6945 .18

Daughters of the American Revolution, Kentucky State Society, Kentucky Records Research Committee. Kentucky cemetery records. [Lexington?] : Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1960- Call # folio F450 .D28 (Volumes 1-3, and 5), E 6945 .217 (Volumes 1-4).

Johnson, Robert Foster. Wilderness Road cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Owensboro, KY: McDowell, c1981. Call # folio F396 .J65

Relocated cemeteries of Russell, Clinton, Wayne and Pulaski Counties, Kentucky. [S.l.]: Asher Leon Young, 1989. Call# folio F457.R8 R44 1989 7/11