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

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County Facts
County seat: Greenville
Organized: December 14, 1798
Parent County(s): Logan, Christian[1]
Variant Spellings: *Muhlenbergh[2] *Muhlenburg *Muhlenburgh
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Peter Muhlenberg. The County is located in the west central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Muhlenberg County Courthouse
100 S Main Street
PO Box 525
Greenville, KY 42345-0525
Phone: 270-338-1441[4]
Muhlenberg County Website

Muhlenberg 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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1852 1802 1852 1799 1798 1801 1810
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1798--Muhlenberg County was created 14 December 1798 from Logan and Christian Counties.
  • County seat: Greenville[6]

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.

County Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


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 Muhlenberg, 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 Muhlenberg county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 1,443
1810 4,181 189.7%
1820 4,979 19.1%
1830 5,340 7.3%
1840 6,964 30.4%
1850 9,809 40.9%
1860 10,725 9.3%
1870 12,638 17.8%
1880 15,098 19.5%
1890 17,955 18.9%
1900 20,741 15.5%
1910 28,598 37.9%
1920 33,353 16.6%
1930 37,784 13.3%
1940 37,554 −0.6%
1950 32,501 −13.5%
1960 27,791 −14.5%
1970 27,537 −0.9%
1980 32,238 17.1%
1990 31,318 −2.9%
2000 31,839 1.7%
2010 31,499 −1.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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.

Baptist[edit | edit source]
  • Hazel Creek. Constituted 1797.[9] History includes church membership roll. Available online.
  • Nelson Creek. Constituted 1803.[10]
  • Unity. Constituted 1812. History includes early church minutes, membership rolls dated 1815 and 1840. Available online.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Records of several courts are available at the Muhlenberg County Courthouse. Some of these records have been microfilmed and are available through the Family History Library, while others have been published.

County Court Orders

A transcription of Volume 1 of the Court Order Books is online at U.S. Genweb. Court Order Book, Vol 1.

Brenda Collier Doss has published and indexed the first two County Court Order Books: Vol. 1, 1799-1804 and Vol. 2, 1804-1815. Marion Hammers' genealogical abstracts of county court orders appear as serial articles in the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Genealogical Society's journal The Muhlenberg County Heritage. Journal volumes are individually indexed.

Circuit Court Orders

Brenda Collier Doss has published and indexed the first Circuit Court Order Book: Vol. 1, 1803-1807.

Bankruptcy

A few residents of Muhlenberg (also spelled Muhlenburg) County appear on the Bankruptcy Act of 1841 list for Kentucky, see: The National Archives at Atlanta.

Directories[edit | edit source]

City directories often list the adult residents or businesses in a city or county. They are often published yearly and thus provide directly useful information on the names and places of the residents in the city or county.

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 Kentucky African Americans and the United States African Americans Wiki pages.

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

  • Muhlenberg County Libraries Local History Annex in Greenville, Kentucky, Phone: 270-338-5388 has many published histories of local families. In addition, a unique collection of family files regarding local families (arranged by surname), is available for public searches.
  • A History of Muhlenberg County. By Otto Rothert. 1913. The volume contains many genealogies, is indexed and can be keyword searched using Google Books search.
  • Jaggers, Michael and Melinda Jaggers. A New Country: Lewis, Tipton, Bruce, Lee, Williams, Walker and Associated Families Berry, Duvall, Earle, Gardner, Gill, Highley, Kincheloe, Oates, Randolph, Shank, Thompson, Wickliffe and Many Others. n.p.: M. Jaggers, 1990s. FHL Book 929.273 L585jm
  • Muhlenberg County Genealogical Society. Muhlenberg County, Kentucky History and Families, 1799-1996. Paducah, Ky.: Turner, 1996. FHL Book 976.9832 H2m
  • Murphy, Nathan W. Early Families of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky: Vincent, Wright, McElwain, Wilkins and Jarvis; Historical Information and Sources for More than 2,000 Descendants of Charles Vincent, William Wright, George McElwain, John Wilkins, and John Jarvis, Whose Numerous Progenitors [Descendants] Make Up a Large Portion of the Present Population of Muhlenberg County. Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy & Associates, 1999. FHL Book 929.273 V743m
  • Young, Laurie M. Family Notes on Keith, Lott, Sketoe, Donahoo and Arnold of Muhlenberg: Lear and Sheffield of Christian, Todd and Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; Smith and Beck, Spencer County, Indiana; Moffitt, Randolph County, North Carolina, Perry, Hickman and Humphries Co., Tn. Boise, Idaho: L.M. Young, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 K269y.
  • [Baker] Chapman, Peggy Brown. Bakers of Logan, Christian, Muhlenberg, Livingston, Henderson, Hopkins, Caldwell, Union, Todd, Trigg, Crittenden, Lyon, McLean and Webster Counties & Jackson Purchase, Kentucky. Lubbock, Texas: P.B. Chapman, 1995. FHL Book 929.273 B171cp.
  • [Bates] Rouse, Helen Elizabeth Girvin. "William Webb, Teacher: First English School in Washington County, Virginia," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):83-89.
  • [Beadnell] Anderson, Bobby. Beadnell. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B358ab.
  • [Buchanan] Anderson, Bobby. Buchanan. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 B852a.
  • [Clark] Anderson, Bobby. The Sam Clark Family. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 C549ab.
  • [Davis] McPherson, Lewin Dwinell. Kincheloe, McPherson, and Related Families: Their Genealogies and Biographies. Washington, D.C., 1951. FHL film 161929.
  • [Davis] Anderson, Bobby. The Davises of Jesse and Charity. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D294a
  • [Davis] Moore, Robert P. Ancestors and Nelson Co., Ky., Associates of the Kincheloe, Wickliffe, and Davis Families of Prince William County, Virginia. Lexington, Kentucky: R.P. Moore, 1996. FHL Collection
  • [Davis] Peyton, Helen E. Isaac Davis and Elizabeth Kincheloe of Virginia, Their Ancestors and Descendants, and Related Families. Charleston, S.C.: H.E. Peyton, 2005. FHL Book 929.273 D293p; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Dick] Hoffman, Muriel M. History of Peter and Christina Shutt Dick Family: Frederick County, Maryland, Wilkes County, North Carolina, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Simpson County, Kentucky, Sangamon County, Illinois, Cass, County, Illinois. Anchor, Ill.: Hoffman, 1970. FHL Book 929.273 D55h
  • [Doss] Murphy, Nathan W. Descendants of Azariah Doss and His Wife Lydia (Ayres) Doss. Hanson, Ky.: David W. Murphy and Associates, 1998. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 D741m.
  • [Dozier] McPherson, Lewin Dwinell. Kincheloe, McPherson, and Related Families: Their Genealogies and Biographies. Washington, D.C., 1951. FHL film 161929.
  • [Dozier] Fancy, Steven G. Genealogy of the Reno Family in America, 1600-1900. 1997. FHL book 929.273 R295f.
  • [Dukes] Duke, Walter Garland. Henry Duke, Councilor, His Descendants and Connections. Richmond, Va.: Dietz Press, 1949. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library ; FHL Book 929.273 D885d. (see page 274 for Muhlenberg connection)
  • [Dukes] Brandenberger, Evelyn Duke. The Duke Family. 2 vols. [Houston, Texas]: E.D. Brandenberger, 1979-1995. FHL Book 929.273 D885b v. 1-v. 2.
  • [Finley] Anderson, Bobby. The Finleys: Francis Yank and Tommy Reb. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 F496ab.
  • [Fleming] Anderson, Bobby. The Fleming Family. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 F629ab.
  • [Forrester] Denham, Marion Lee. Stewarts, Forresters, and Related Families of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky: A History of the Ancestry and Descendants of Eli Stewart and Sarah Lelia Forrester. Henderson, Ky.: M.L. Denham, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 St49dm
  • [Free] Anderson, Bobby. Free Family. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 6249.
  • [Ganey] Rouse, Helen Elizabeth Girvin. "William Webb, Teacher: First English School in Washington County, Virginia," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):83-89.
  • [Garvin] Rouse, Helen Elizabeth Girvin. "William Webb, Teacher: First English School in Washington County, Virginia," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):83-89.
  • [Greenwood] Anderson, Bobby. The Greenwoods of Muhlenberg County. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 G856a.
  • [Grove] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter. Pioneers to Williamson County, Illinois, George Zacharias and Isaac Groves and Their Descendants. Marion, Ill.: V.L.C. Grisham, 199-?. FHL Book 929.273 Z11c.
  • [Groves] Grisham, Violet Lee Carter and Edward Dean Grisham. Time Traveler. Marion, Ill.: V. Grisham, 1994. FHL Book 929.273 G919gv.
  • [Hoskinson] Anderson, Bobby. The Hoskinson Family. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 H793a.
  • [Jarvis] See General.
  • [Kincheloe] McPherson, Lewin Dwinell. Kincheloe, McPherson, and Related Families: Their Genealogies and Biographies. Washington, D.C., 1951. FHL film 161929.
  • [Kincheloe] Moore, Robert P. Ancestors and Nelson Co., Ky., Associates of the Kincheloe, Wickliffe, and Davis Families of Prince William County, Virginia. Lexington, Kentucky: R.P. Moore, 1996. FHL Collection
  • [Kincheloe] Fancy, Steven G. Genealogy of the Reno Family in America, 1600-1900. 1997. FHL book 929.273 R295f.
  • [Kincheloe] Peyton, Helen E. Isaac Davis and Elizabeth Kincheloe of Virginia, Their Ancestors and Descendants, and Related Families. Charleston, S.C.: H.E. Peyton, 2005. FHL Book 929.273 D293p; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Lanier] Ingersoll, Louise. Lanier: A Genealogy of the Family Who Came to Virginia and Their French Ancestors in London. Washington, D.C.: Goetz Printing Company, 1965. Digital version at World Vital Records ($).
  • [Lovelace] Harned, Mrs. Earl L. "The Lovelace Family," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1974):16-21; Vol. 16, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1974):58-63.
  • [McClellan] Anderson, Bobby. McClellan-- The Longest Name?. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 6259; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [McElvain] See General.
  • [McFarland] Anderson, Bobby. McFarland. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 6258.
  • [McLean] Trotter, Sally Stone. McLean - The Family of Judge Alney and Tabitha McLean of Greenville, Kentucky. Greenville, Miss.: S.S. Trotter, 1983. FHL Book 929.273 M223t
  • [McLean] Trotter, Sally Stone. McLean - New Data on the Family of Judge Alney and Tabitha McLean of Greenville, Kentucky and Collateral Families of Johnson and Whittemore. Greenville, Miss.: Burford Brothers Printing Co., 1989. FHL Book 929.273 M223ts
  • [McNary] M'Nary, William Pollock. The M'Nary Family in the United States. Bloomington, Ind.: W.P. M'Nary, 1878. FHL Film 1035700 Item 6.
  • [McNary] McNary Family with Trees and History. Pittsburgh, Pa.: McNary & Simpson, Printers, 1907. Digital version at Internet Archives.
  • [Martin] Smith, Pearl O. A Crom (Crum)-Martin-Vaught (Vought) Connection. n.p.: P.O. Smith, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C88sp; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Matherly] Anderson, Bobby. Matherly/Matherlee: The Family of John Woodford Matherly (1829-1894). Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 199-?. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 A1 no. 7812.
  • [Miller] Peck, Mary J. Black. Saline County Cousins Illinois. Carrier Mills, Ill.: M.J.B. Peck, 1991, 1993. FHL Books 929.273 Sh27p v. 1-v. 2
  • [Nanney] Anderson, Bobby. The Nanney Families. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 N155a.
  • [Penrod] Anderson, Bobby. The Penrod Family: The Family of Tobias Penrod of Mud River. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 P386a.
  • [Oates] Winebarger, William Lloyd. Oates, Earle, and Related Families. William Lloyd Winebarger, 1972
  • [Randolph] Randolph, Blanche Willie Grace and Deborah Ann Kraemer Small. The Randolphs of Prince William County, Virginia. Little Rock, Arkansas: B. Randolph, 1979. FHL books 929.273 R159rb and supp.
  • [Randolph] Small, Deborah Ann Kraemer and Blanche Willie Grace Randolph. The Randolphs of Prince William County, Virginia, Volume II. Winter Park, Florida: D. Small, 1989. FHL Collection
  • [Randolph] Raski, Arma, James Randolph, and Glenita Guthrie. Additions & Corrections to Vol. II, the Randolphs of Prince William Co., VA by Deborah K. SmallFHL 6075877
  • [Reno] McPherson, Lewin Dwinell. Kincheloe, McPherson, and Related Families: Their Genealogies and Biographies. Washington, D.C., 1951. FHL film 161929.
  • [Reno] Randolph, Blanche Willie Grace and Deborah Ann Kraemer Small. The Randolphs of Prince William County, Virginia. Little Rock, Arkansas: B. Randolph, 1979. FHL books 929.273 R159rb and supp.
  • [Reno] Fancy, Steven G. Genealogy of the Reno Family in America, 1600-1900. 1997. FHL book 929.273 R295f.
  • [Rhoads] Brownlee, Frances Smith. Antecedents and Descendants of Margaret Ann Rhoads Smith (1860-1949): A Genealogical, Historical, and Reminiscent Account of Some Rhoads, Newman, Parker, Wright, Hamilton, Ramsay, and Related Families in Their Pioneer Days. Wichita, Kan.: F. Brownlee, 1957. FHL Film 560191 Item 1
  • [Rhoads] Crosthwaite, Georgia E. and Bennett L. Smith. Our Simmons Forefathers and Their Descendants. Fort Worth, Texas: B.L. Smith, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 Si47cr
  • [Rhoads] Rhoads, J. Paul. The Family of Henry, the Elder. Green Valley, Ariz.: J.P. Rhoads, 1980. FHL Book 929.273 R346rj
  • [Rhoads] Cooper, Austin. Rhoads Family, ca. 1712-1982. Typescript, Willard Library,   Evansville, Ind. FHL Film 1481381 Item 14
  • [Rhoads] Smith, Robert K. Rhoades Rumors: A Family Newsletter. Provo, Utah: R.K. Smith, 1988-1993. FHL Book 929.27305 R346
  • [Rhoads] Rhoads Family Association et al. The Rhoads Family Newsletter: by the Rhoads Cemetery and Family Association.
  • [Rhoads] Steele, Betty Ann Williams.Williams and Weaver Ancestors. 3 vols. Las Cruces, N. Mex.: B.A.W. Steele, 1993-2000. FHL Book 929.273 W67st v. 1 to v. 3
  • [Rhoads] Rhods, Alvin Lee. The Rhoads Family (Rhoades, Rhodes, Rhods): of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, Descendants of Henry Rhoads Sr. of Bedford County, Pa. Madison, Ala.: A.L. Rhods, 1996. FHL Book 929.273 R346ra
  • [Rhoads] Engel, Marie Leighty. Henry Rhoads Senr.: Immigrant and Earliest Descendants. Salisbury, Md.: M.L. Engel, 1997. FHL Book 929.273 R346en
  • [Rhoads] Rhods, Alvin Lee and Rhoads Family Association. The Rhoads Quarterly: Publication of the Rhoads Family, Descendants of Henry Rhoads of Bedford County, PA. Madison, Ala.: A.L. Rhods, 1999-. FHL Book 929.27305 R346rq
  • [Rhoads] Smith, Pearl O. A Crom (Crum)-Martin-Vaught (Vought) Connection. n.p.: P.O. Smith, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C88sp; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Rhoads] Isenhart, Marcella. Heinrich Roth: Early 1700's-1774. Dubuque, Iowa: M. Isenhart, 2002. FHL Book 921.73R742i
  • [Rhoads] Rhods, Alvin Lee. The Rhoads Family in America. Madison, Ala.: A.L. Rhods, 2008. FHL Book 929.273R346raL
  • [Roberts] Vaughn, Cassandra Lee. The Story of Frances Louise Roberts Vaughn: Her Ancestors and Descendants. Endwell, New York: C.L. Vaughn, c1996. Digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library ; FHL Book 929.273 V465vca.
  • [Ryan] Anderson, Bobby. Ryan: Captain James Buckner Ryan. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 R955a.
  • [Skipworth] Anderson, Bobby Neil. Skipworth: A Genealogy, Backward and Forward, of the W.P. Skipworth Family with Related Carver Lines. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B.N. Anderson, 1990. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Sk36a.
  • [Sumner] Anderson, Bobby. Sumner. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 Su66ab.
  • [Stewart] Denham, Marion Lee. Stewarts, Forresters, and Related Families of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky: A History of the Ancestry and Descendants of Eli Stewart and Sarah Lelia Forrester. Henderson, Ky.: M.L. Denham, 1987. FHL Book 929.273 St49dm
  • [Studebaker] Crosthwaite, Georgia E. and Bennett L. Smith. Our Simmons Forefathers and Their Descendants. Fort Worth, Texas: B.L. Smith, 1974. FHL Book 929.273 Si47cr
  • [Vaught] Smith, Pearl O. A Crom (Crum)-Martin-Vaught (Vought) Connection. n.p.: P.O. Smith, 2000. FHL Book 929.273 C88sp; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Vincent] See also General.
  • [Vincent] Vincent, Janie Wright and Warren J. Ashton. Descendants of Charlie Vincent (1805-1894) and Elizabeth Highley (1810- 1899) of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Typescript, 1963. FHL Book 929.273 V743a.
  • [Webb] Rouse, Helen Elizabeth Girvin. "William Webb, Teacher: First English School in Washington County, Virginia," The Kentucky Genealogist, Vol. 5, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1963):83-89.
  • [Welch] Worstell, Linda M. Osias Welch of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky and His Descendents. Sandy, Utah: L.M. Worstell, 1988. FHL Book 929.273 W442wo
  • [Whitney] Anderson, Bobby. Whitney. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W611a.
  • [Wickliffe] Moore, Robert P. Ancestors and Nelson Co., Ky., Associates of the Kincheloe, Wickliffe, and Davis Families of Prince William County, Virginia. Lexington, Kentucky: R.P. Moore, 1996. FHL Collection
  • [Wickliffe] Peyton, Helen E. Isaac Davis and Elizabeth Kincheloe of Virginia, Their Ancestors and Descendants, and Related Families. Charleston, S.C.: H.E. Peyton, 2005. FHL Book 929.273 D293p; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Wilkins] See General.
  • [Wood] Anderson, Bobby. Wood: The Family of Joseph Wood. Goodlettsville, Tenn.: B. Anderson, 1991. FHL FAM HIST Book 929.273 W85ab; digital version at FamilySearch Digital Library .
  • [Wright] See General.

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.

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Muhlenberg County land records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Muhlenberg 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]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Two genealogical abstracts of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Revolutionary War Pensions have been published:

1. The Muhlenberg County Heritage, Vol. 1 (1978).

2. Annie W.B. Bell, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, Pension Records: Abstracts of Pension Papers of Soldiers of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Indian Wars Residing in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky (n.p.: n.p., n.d.).

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 11th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union), Companies B, H, I, and K
- 3rd Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Union), Companies D, F
- 17th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)
- 26th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)
- 48th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry (Union)

Fewer than 150 Muhlenberg County citizens joined the Confederate Army.

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 Muhlenberg 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 Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Muhlenberg 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

Administrations Abstracts

  • Marion Hammers' serial articles of genealogical abstracts of county court orders in the Muhlenberg County, Kentucky Genealogical Society's journal The Muhlenberg County Heritage cover hundreds of probate administrations not found in will books. The journal volumes are individually indexed.

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 Muhlenberg County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Muhlenberg 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]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Muhlenberg County Libraries
    Greenville, KY
    Phone: 270-338-5388
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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. Samuel R. Brown, The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western. Auburn, N.Y.: H.C. Southwick, 1817. Digital versions at NIU Library Digitization Projects and World Vital Records ($).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Muhlenberg County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenberg_County,_Kentucky."
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Muhlenberg County, Kentucky page 274, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Muhlenberg 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.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Voice of Dorothy Murphy (b. 1927), life-long resident of Central City, Ky. (2011)
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Muhlenberg County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhlenberg_County,_Kentucky, accessed 5 September 2018.
  9. Spencer, J.H. “A History of Kentucky Baptists.” Cincinnati, OH: J.R. Baumes, 1885.
  10. Spencer, J.H. A History of Kentucky Baptists.
  11. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  12. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.



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