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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

 

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