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


Monroe County, Kentucky
Map of Kentucky highlighting Monroe County
Location in the state of Kentucky, United States Genealogy
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded January 19, 1820
County Seat Tompkinsville
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County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Monroe County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Monroe County Courthouse
PO Box 188
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Phone: 270.487.5505[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1820--Monroe County was created 19 January 1820 from Barren and Cumberland Counties.  County seat: Tompkinsville [2]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1863, 1887--Disasters destroyed most records.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Akersville Freetown Mount Hermon
Blythe Gamaliel Mud Lick
Boles Grandview Otia
Bugtussle Gum Tree Persimmon
Coe Harlan Crossroads Raydure
Cyclone Hestand Pikesville
Emberton Jeffrey Rockbridge
Flippin Lamb Sulphur Lick
Forkton Martinsburg
Fountain Run Meshack Vernon

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]


African American Research[edit | edit source]

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
KYGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
Kentucky Cemeteries
Billion Graves
See Kentucky Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Monroe County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

Church[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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Template:KY Land

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Template:KY History

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
Korean War[edit | edit source]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records are held by the Monroe County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Monroe 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

Taxation[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 {{{1}}} County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the {{{1}}} County Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records

Birth[edit | edit source]
  • 1839-1960 - KY Births and Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
  • 1852-1860 - Monroe County Birth Index 1852-1860. Batch C517771 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874 - Monroe County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517772 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1875 - Monroe County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517773 at FamilySearch - free.
  • Searchable KY Vital Records ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths and Marriages
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Monroe County Historical and Genealogical Society
200 N Magnolia St
Tompkinsville, KY 42167

South Central Kentucky Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 157
Glasgow, KY 42142-0157

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Kentucky page 273, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.