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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
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Bell County was named for Joshua Fry Bell. The county is located in the southeast area of the state.
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<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Bell County, Kentucky" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_County,_Kentucky."</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
{{KY Courthouse Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Courthouse Intro|Bell}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Kentucky. Page 268-276 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 251-254.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1852
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1852
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1874
| width="14.2%" align="center" |  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1869
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1869
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1810
 
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| colspan="7" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
 
| colspan="7" | <center>'''*'''Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing</center>
 
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=== Record Loss ===
 
=== Record Loss ===
 
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
{{KY Populated Places Intro|Bell}}
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://kentucky.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,013,c,bell.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Bell County, Kentucky," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_County,_Kentucky, accessed 3 August 2018.</ref>
  
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{{populated places
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* Arjay
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesboro,_Kentucky Middlesboro]</div>
* Balkan
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| cities-col2=<div>
* Beverly
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineville,_Kentucky Pineville]</div>
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| cities-col3=<div></div>
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| unincorp-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arjay,_Kentucky Arjay]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkan,_Kentucky Balkan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly,_Kentucky Beverly]
 
* Binghamtown
 
* Binghamtown
* Black Snake
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Snake,_Kentucky Black Snake]
* Blackmont
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackmont,_Kentucky Blackmont]
 
* Blanche
 
* Blanche
 
* Callaway
 
* Callaway
* Calvin
 
 
* Capito
 
* Capito
 
* Cardinal
 
* Cardinal
 
* Cary
 
* Cary
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin,_Kentucky Calvin]
 
* Chenoa
 
* Chenoa
* Clear Creek Springs
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clear_Creek_Springs,_Kentucky Clear Creek Springs]
* Colmar
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colmar,_Kentucky Colmar]
* Cubage
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubage,_Kentucky Cubage]
 
* Davis Station (hist.)
 
* Davis Station (hist.)
 
* Davisburg
 
* Davisburg
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* Dorton Branch
 
* Dorton Branch
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* East Pineville
 
* East Pineville
 
* Edgewood
 
* Edgewood
 
* Ferndale
 
* Ferndale
* Field
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field,_Kentucky Field]
* Fonde
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fonde,_Kentucky Fonde]
* Fourmile
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fourmile,_Kentucky Fourmile]
* Frakes
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frakes,_Kentucky Frakes]
 
* Garmeada
 
* Garmeada
* Harbell
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbell,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Harbell]
* Hutch
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutch,_Kentucky Hutch]
* Ingram
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingram,_Kentucky Ingram]
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* Jenson
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettle_Island,_Kentucky Kettle Island]
 
* Ivy Grove
 
* Ivy Grove
* Jenson
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurel_Ford,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Laurel Ford]
* Kettle Island
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meldrum,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Meldrum]
* Laurel Ford
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Miracle]</div>
* Meldrum
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* {{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Bell%2C+Middlesboro|subject|disp=Middlesboro}}
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* Miracle
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mocking_Bird_Branch,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Mocking Bird Branch]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noetown,_Kentucky Noetown]
* Noetown
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oaks,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Oaks]
* Oaks
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olcott,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Olcott]
* Olcott
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ponza,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Ponza]
* {{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Bell%2C+Pineville|subject|disp=Pineville}}
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premier,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Premier]
* Ponza
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pruden,_Kentucky_and_Tennessee Pruden]
* Premier
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rella,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Rella]
* Pruden
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoney_Fork,_Kentucky Stoney Fork]
* Rella
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stony_Fork_Junction,_Kentucky Stony Fork Junction]
* Stoney Fork
 
* Stony Fork Junction
 
 
* Straight Creek
 
* Straight Creek
* Timsley
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timsley,_Kentucky Timsley]
* Tuggleville
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuggleville,_Kentucky Tuggleville]
* Varilla
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varilla,_Kentucky Varilla]
* Wallsend
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallsend,_Kentucky Wallsend]
* Wasioto
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasioto,_Kentucky Wasioto]
* Yellow Creek
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Creek,_Bell_County,_Kentucky Yellow Creek]
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=== History Timeline ===
 
=== History Timeline ===
 
{{KY Historical Timeline Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Historical Timeline Intro|Bell}}
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Bell-county-kentucky-cemetery-records.htm Graveyards of Kentucky]
 
*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/Bell-county-kentucky-cemetery-records.htm Graveyards of Kentucky]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394117&reqParentsLabel=Bell%2C%20Kentucky%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kentucky Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Kentucky Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction], Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction], Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten], The Eastern State Hospital Project
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten], The Eastern State Hospital Project
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=3722&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=50&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Bell County cemeteries ]gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
  
 
=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
 
{{KY Census Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Census Intro|Bell}}
 
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_County,_Kentucky "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1870|3731
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|1880|6055
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|1890|10312
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|1900|15701
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|1910|28447
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|1920|33988
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|1930|38747
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|1940|43812
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|1950|47602
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|1960|35336
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|1970|31121
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|1980|34330
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|1990|31506
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|2000|30060
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|2010|28691
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}}
 
1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bell County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Kentucky Census|Kentucky Census]]. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.
 
1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bell County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see [[Kentucky Census|Kentucky Census]]. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.
  
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*[http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=54078&From=Home Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington]
 
*[http://www.cdlex.org/index.cfm/NewsItem?ID=54078&From=Home Catholic Parishes in the Diocese of Lexington]
 
*[http://www.archlou.org/Parishes Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville]
 
*[http://www.archlou.org/Parishes Catholic Parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville]
*[http://kdl.kyvl.org/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=kyetexts;cc=kyetexts;view=toc;idno=B92-87-27383019 History of the Bell County Association of Baptists: Over a Quarter of a Century of Growth, 1896-1922]
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*[https://exploreuk.uky.edu/catalog/xt7sj38kdt98?q=History+of+the+Bell+County+Association+of+Baptists%3A+Over+a+Quarter+of+a+Century+of+Growth%2C+1896-1922&per_page=20#page/2/mode/1up/search/History+of+the+Bell+County+Association+of+Baptists%3A+Over+a+Quarter+of+a+Century+of+Growth%2C+1896-1922 History of the Bell County Association of Baptists: Over a Quarter of a Century of Growth, 1896-1922]
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394117&reqParentsLabel=Bell%2C%20Kentucky%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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{{KY Histories Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Histories Intro|Bell}}
  
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives The Archives of Appalachia]
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*''History of Bell County, Kentucky.'' 2 volumes. 1947. By Henry Harvey Fuson. New York, New York : Hobson Book Press. Online at: Vol. 1 - [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/699011-history-of-bell-county-kentucky-v-01?offset=2 FamilySearch Digital Library]; {{WorldCat|3531225|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. Volume 1 is the history of the county.
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{KY Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KY Bell County}}}}
 
{{KY Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{KY Bell County}}}}
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=394117&reqParentsLabel=Bell%2C%20Kentucky%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
 
=== Migration ===
 
=== Migration ===
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=== Military Records ===
 
=== Military Records ===
 
{{KY Military Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Military Intro|Bell}}
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170413224023/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~kymil/ Military Resources], Revolutionary War through Civil War
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~kymil/ Military Resources], Revolutionary War through Civil War
  
 
==== Civil War ====
 
==== Civil War ====
 
{{KY Civil War Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Civil War Intro|Bell}}
 
'''Online Records
 
'''Online Records
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932371|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932371|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932398|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932398|Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry]— index (free)
 
*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry]— index (free)
*'''1912-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1912-1950''' - {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
{{KY Civil War Regiments|Bell}}<br>
 
{{KY Civil War Regiments|Bell}}<br>
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==== Korean War ====
 
==== Korean War ====
 
{{KY Korean War Intro|Bell }}
 
{{KY Korean War Intro|Bell }}
*[https://web.archive.org/web/20170912161707/http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com:80/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial], Korean War Memorial for Soldiers from KY, KYGenWeb
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial], Korean War Memorial for Soldiers from KY, KYGenWeb
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{KY Probate Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Probate Intro|Bell}}
  
*'''1869-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Book 1 (1869-1920)|access=browse}} has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1869-1920''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Book 1 (1869-1920)|access=browse}} has been digitized by FamilySearch - free. - [[Kentucky Probate Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] at Ancestry ($)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] at Ancestry ($)
  
 
'''Online Probate Records
 
'''Online Probate Records
  
*'''1774–1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9066 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry ($)] — index and images  
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*'''1774–1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9066 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry ($)] — index and images
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
{{KY Schools Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Schools Intro|Bell}}
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
 
=== Tax Records ===
 
=== Tax Records ===
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*'''1839-1960''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674843&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960], at Family Search
 
*'''1839-1960''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674843&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960], at Family Search
*'''1874''' - Bell County Birth Index 1874. Batch {{IGI|C518101}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1874''' - Bell County Birth Index 1874. Batch {{IGI|C518101}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.</ref>
 
*'''1875''' - Bell County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C518102}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1875''' - Bell County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C518102}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
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*'''1911-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10007/kentucky-births-1911-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Births, 1911-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
  
 
==== Marriage ====
 
==== Marriage ====
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*'''1609-2016''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kentucky%2cky Kentucky, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1609-2016''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=kentucky%2cky Kentucky, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1783-1979''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Marriages 1783-1979] at Family Search
 
*'''1783-1979''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Marriages 1783-1979] at Family Search
*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images - [[Kentucky, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1875''' - Bell County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M518103}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1875''' - Bell County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M518103}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1876-1878''' - Bell County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M518104}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*'''1876-1878''' - Bell County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M518104}} at FamilySearch - free.
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
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*'''1960-1993''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10082/kentucky-marriages-1960-1993?s=275764761 Kentucky Marriages, 1960-1993] at MyHeritage ($) — index
  
 
==== Death ====
 
==== Death ====
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*'''1843-1970''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674848&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Deaths and Burials 1843-1970] at FamilySearch
 
*'''1843-1970''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674848&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D Kentucky Deaths and Burials 1843-1970] at FamilySearch
*'''1911-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1911-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index - [[Kentucky Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1900-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10046/kentucky-deaths-1900-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Deaths, 1900-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project], Transcriptions and Images of KY Death Certificates
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project], Transcriptions and Images of KY Death Certificates
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records], Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}}
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*{{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
 
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=== Archives ===
 
=== Archives ===
 
{{KY Archives Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Archives Intro|Bell}}
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'''Archives of Appalachia'''<br>East Tennessee State University<br>[https://www.etsu.edu/cas/cass/archives/ Website]
  
 
=== Family History Centers ===
 
=== Family History Centers ===
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
  
 
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== Societies ==
 
== Societies ==
 
{{KY Societies Intro|Bell}}
 
{{KY Societies Intro|Bell}}
'''Bell County Historical Society'''<br>207 North 20th Street<br>Middlesboro, KY 40965<br>Telephone: 606-242-0005<br>[http://bellcountyhistorical.com/ Website]
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'''Bell County Historical Society'''<br>207 North 20th Street<br>Middlesboro, KY 40965<br>Telephone: 606-242-0005<br>[https://www.kentuckytourism.com/bell-county-historical-society-museum/ Website]
  
 
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/bell-county/ Bell County, KY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/bell-county/ Bell County, KY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy] (Genealogy Inc)
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*[http://kykinfolk.com/bell/  Bell County TXGenWeb]
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kentucky Website]
 
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kentucky Website]

Latest revision as of 06:41, 20 October 2020

Guide to Bell County, Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Pineville
Organized: February 28, 1867
Parent County(s): Harlan, Knox[1]
Neighboring Counties
Claiborne (TN)  • Clay  • Harlan  • Knox  • Lee (VA)  • Leslie  • Whitley
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Bell County was named for Joshua Fry Bell. The county is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bell County Courthouse
Courthouse Square, Floor 1
PO Box 156
Pineville, KY 40977
Phone: 606-337-6143[3]
Bell County Website

Bell County, Kentucky Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1874 1867 1874 1867 1867 1869 1810
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1914, 1918, 1944, 1976--Disasters caused the loss of some records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1867--Bell County was created 28 February 1867 from Harlan and Knox counties.
  • County seat: Pineville[5]

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Unincorporated communities


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Bell, Kentucky online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information

The following web sites have additional information on Bell county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 3,731
1880 6,055 62.3%
1890 10,312 70.3%
1900 15,701 52.3%
1910 28,447 81.2%
1920 33,988 19.5%
1930 38,747 14.0%
1940 43,812 13.1%
1950 47,602 8.7%
1960 35,336 −25.8%
1970 31,121 −11.9%
1980 34,330 10.3%
1990 31,506 −8.2%
2000 30,060 −4.6%
2010 28,691 −4.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Bell County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

African Americans[edit | edit source]

More information about African American resources in Kentucky can be found on the African American Resources for Kentucky and the United States African Americans Wiki pages.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Whitley CountyKnox CountyClay CountyLeslie CountyHarlan CountyLee CountyClaiborne CountyKY BELL.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments. Men in Bell County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:

- 1st Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate). Company E.
- Fields' Company, Kentucky Partisan Rangers (Confederate), Company E

World War I[edit | edit source]

Korean War[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977 for Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Bell County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Bell County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Bell County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Archives of Appalachia
East Tennessee State University
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Bell County. For state-wide library facilities, see Kentucky Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Bell County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kentucky Societies.
Bell County Historical Society
207 North 20th Street
Middlesboro, KY 40965
Telephone: 606-242-0005
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Bell County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_County,_Kentucky."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Kentucky page 268, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Kentucky. Page 268-276 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 251-254.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Bell County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_County,_Kentucky, accessed 3 August 2018.
  7. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.