New to Kentucky Research?
Here Are A Couple of Things to Know if you are going to research in Kentucky.
- Kentucky was established in 1792 from Virginia
- Today, there are 120 counties in Kentucky and research/records are organized with this in mind.
- Identify the county
- Consider surrounding counties – county boundaries changed over time – land didn’t move, but counties did.
- Consider Parent counties – Become familiar with when the counties were formed and from which county/counties they were formed
- Note courthouse disasters and resulting record loss if any. Not all records were kept at the courthouse and many counties have attempted to reconstruct/recreate what records they could. For instance: Deeds may have been refiled years later to keep the chain of land ownership in the records.
- Remember general genealogy/research ‘rules’
- Go from the known to the unknown
- Time and Location are key
- Even though you think you have a unique name-don’t count on it!
- Timelines are your friend
- Don’t forget to check county histories and Genealogy publications that may contain pieces to your puzzle
- Tax Lists
- As soon as the white male (initially) turned 21 they should be reflected in that tax year.
- Absence after a number of years could be due to any of the following
- – Aged, deemed to old to pay taxes
- – Death, look at next year or two for either widow or estate (especially if land owned)
- – Moved, this is a good way to narrow down relocations
- – Disabled, Prison/Jail, school etc
- Around the 1820’s, the tax listed identified school age children in the household – ie boys between 6 and 18
- Land – owned, bought, sold, inherited – can help deed research