Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy
Guide to Floyd County, Kentucky ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 County Information
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business, Commerce, and Occupations
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Directories
- 2.9 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.10 Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups
- 2.11 Funeral Homes
- 2.12 Genealogies
- 2.13 Guardianship
- 2.14 Land and Property Records
- 2.15 Local Histories
- 2.16 Maps and Gazetteers
- 2.17 Migration
- 2.18 Military Records
- 2.19 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.20 Newspapers
- 2.21 Obituaries
- 2.22 Other Records
- 2.23 Periodicals
- 2.24 Probate Records
- 2.25 School Records
- 2.26 Tax Records
- 2.27 Vital Records
- 3 Research Facilities
- 4 Societies
- 5 Websites
- 6 Research Guides
- 7 References
County Information[edit | edit source]
Description[edit | edit source]
The County was named for John Floyd. The County is located in the east area of the state.
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Floyd 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.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
1808-- A disaster destroyed some records.
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
1820 Perry County was created from Clay and Floyd counties.
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:
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]
The following web sites have additional information on Floyd county cemeteries.
- Interment.net, Kentucky cemetery records by county.
- Cemetery Junction, Links to cemetery transcriptions
- Naming the Forgotten, The Eastern State Hospital Project
- ePodunk list of Floyd 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.
- African American Cemeteries gives a partial listing of cemeteries.
Census Records[edit | edit source]
For tips on accessing Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.
- Floyd County Genealoy Trails Census Data
- Floyd Co., KY Census Records at KYGenWeb, Floyd County page.
- Kentucky Census Transcriptions 1850-1930, USGenWeb
- Census Images, USGenWeb
- KY Census Online, Links to online census records
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.
Court Records[edit | edit source]
- Kentucky: State Board of Elections-County Clerks has contact information on all Kentucky County Clerks. Scroll down to find desired county or use the index at the top of the page.
- Kentucky Court of Justice, Floyd County has contact information for Floyd County, Kentucky Circuit Court Clerk.
Directories[edit | edit source]
Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]
Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]
African Americans[edit | edit source]
- African American Research (US) has more information about the kinds of records available
- The African American Griots Project
- Kentucky Minorities has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.
- Sandi Gorin's Tips, Hangings in Kentucky 1792-1900
Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]
Genealogies[edit | edit source]
- [Huff] Pratt, Warren C. "Finding the Father of Henry Pratt of Southeastern Kentucky," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 2 (June 2012):85-103. Digital version at NGS website ($); FHL Book 973 B2ng.
- [Pratt] Pratt, Warren C. "Finding the Father of Henry Pratt of Southeastern Kentucky," National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 2 (June 2012):85-103. Digital version at NGS website ($); FHL Book 973 B2ng.
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 Floyd 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.
Floyd County, Kentucky at Wikipedia
Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]
Kentucky Digital Map Library Scroll down the page for links to early Floyd County maps.
Migration[edit | edit source]
Military Records[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
- 1861-1865 - Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - Kentucky Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry — index (free)
- 1861-1865 - U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865 at Ancestry— index (free)
- 1912-1950- Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950 at FamilySearch — index and images
Regiments. Men in Floyd County served in various regiments and companies. Those listed below were specifically formed in this county:
- - 1st Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate). Companies A, B, C, and D.
- - 13th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company F.
- - 14th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company A.
- - Dudley's Independent Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company A.
- - Fields' Company, Kentucky Partisan Rangers (Confederate), Company B.
- - Fields' Company, Kentucky Partisan Rangers (Confederate), Company C.
- - Fields' Company, Kentucky Partisan Rangers (Confederate), Company D.
Civil War Battles
The following Civil War battles were fought in Floyd County:
- November 8-9, 1861 - Ivy Mountain, also known as Ivy Creek, Ivy Narrows
- January 10, 1862 - Middle Creek
- Map showing Civil War battles in Arkansas.
Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- The Floyd County Times
- USNPL, Kentucky, Kentucky newspaper index with links
- World-Newspapers, Kentucky, Kentucky newspaper index with links
- Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
Obituaries[edit | edit source]
- Current Obituraries at The Floyd County Times
- Kentucky Footsteps Archives, KYGenWeb
- Kentucky Obituary Sources, KYGenWeb
- Links to research and locate obituaries
- Browning Genealogy Database, Compiled by Charles Browning.
- Kentucky Obituaries, USGenWeb
- Afrigeneas, African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
- Obituary Depot, Kentucky Newspaper Citations
- Obituary Daily Times, Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including (Ancestry)
- Nashville Christian Advocate Death Abstracts
Other Records[edit | edit source]
Periodicals[edit | edit source]
Probate Records[edit | edit source]
Probate records are held by the Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Floyd 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.
- 1860-1983 - Will Books A to E (1860-1983) have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
Online Probate Records
- 1774-1999 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999 at Ancestry ($) — index and images
- Images of Wills, Estates, Inventories, Guardianships Book A 1866-1931; Book B 1931-1969. Kentucky Pioneers ($)
- Indexes to Wills Book A, 1866-1931; Book B 1931-1969; Book C 1969-1979; Book D 1979-1981 Kentucky Pioneers ($)
School 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 Floyd County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Floyd 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]
- 1839-1960 - Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 at FamilySearch
- 1852-1859 - Floyd County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517331 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.
- 1874-1875 - Floyd County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517332 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1875-1876 - Floyd County Birth Index 1875-1876. Batch C517333 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1911-1912 - Searchable KY Birth Index
- 1911-1920 - KYGenWeb, Floyd County page for excel files of Floyd County births 1911-1920]
- Floyd Births at KYGenWeb, Floyd County page.
Marriage[edit | edit source]
- 1609-2016 - Kentucky, United States Marriages at FindMyPast — index $
- 1785-1979 - Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 at FamilySearch
- 1797-1954 - Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 at FamilySearch — index and images
- 1808-1844 - Marriage License of Floyd County Kentucky From 1808-1844
- 1855-1859 - Floyd County Marriage Index 1855-1859. Batch M517331 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1875-1876 - Floyd County Marriage Index 1875-1876. Batch M517334 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1876-1878 - Floyd County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517335 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1973-2000 - Searchable KY Marriage Records
- 1973-2000 - Kentucky Marriage Records 1973-2000
- Floyd Co. Marriages at KYGenWeb, Floyd County page.
Death[edit | edit source]
- 1843-1970 - Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 at FamilySearch
- 1911-1965 - Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 at FamilySearch — index
- 1911-2000 - Searchable KY Death Index
- The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
Divorce[edit | edit source]
Research Facilities[edit | edit source]
Archives[edit | edit source]
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.
- For current information about a center near you, go to the Family History Center Map
Libraries[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Societies[edit | edit source]
- Floyd County Historical and Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 982
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
- Links and addresses to Kentucky genealogical and historical societies
Websites[edit | edit source]
- Floyd County, KY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- KYGenWeb, Floyd County page.
- Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Floyd County KY Genealogy (Kentucky Genealogy)
- FamilySearch Catalog . Free - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
Research Guides[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Floyd County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_County,_Kentucky."
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Floyd 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.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Floyd County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_County,_Kentucky, accessed 11 August 2018.
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)
- Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 2 August, 2012)