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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
 
*'''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
 
*'''1798-1815''' [http://www.copies1918.com/bracken-a.html Will Book A: 1798-1815] - The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bracken County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee.
 
*'''1798-1815''' [http://www.copies1918.com/bracken-a.html Will Book A: 1798-1815] - The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bracken County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee.
*'''1798-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to I (1798-1866)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1798-1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books A to I (1798-1866)|access=browse}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  - [[Kentucky Probate Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1798-1943''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books 1 to 8 (1798-1943)|access=browse}}  at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]  - [[Kentucky Probate Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1815-1823''' [http://www.copies1918.com/bracken-b.html Will Book B: 1815-1823] - The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bracken County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee.
 
*'''1815-1823''' [http://www.copies1918.com/bracken-b.html Will Book B: 1815-1823] - The organization [http://www.copies1918.com/index.html Strictly By Name] provides free online indexes to early Bracken County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee.
  
 
=== School Records ===
 
=== School Records ===
 
* '''1894-1928''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/789489 School census & enumeration sheets, 1894-1928] - Available on Microfilm at FHL {{KY Schools Intro|Bracken}}
 
* '''1894-1928''' - [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/789489 School census & enumeration sheets, 1894-1928] - Available on Microfilm at FHL {{KY Schools Intro|Bracken}}
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===Social Security Records===
 
===Social Security Records===
 
*'''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]].
 
*'''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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{{KY Birth Intro|Bracken}}
 
{{KY Birth Intro|Bracken}}
  
*'''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
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*'''1839-1960''' - {{RecordSearch|1674843|Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Births and Christenings - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1852-1861''' - Bracken County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517111}} 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>
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*'''1852-1861''' - Bracken County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517111}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]<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''' - Bracken County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C517112}} at FamilySearch - free.
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*'''1875''' - Bracken County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C517112}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
 
*[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
 
*'''1911-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10007/kentucky-births-1911-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Births, 1911-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1911-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10007/kentucky-births-1911-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Births, 1911-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
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{{KY Marriage Intro|Bracken}}
 
{{KY Marriage Intro|Bracken}}
 
*'''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 $
*'''1785-1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1674849|Kentucky Marriage Records 1785-1979}}, at Family Search - [[Kentucky Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1785-1979''' - {{RecordSearch|1674849|Kentucky Marriage Records 1785-1979}},at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1796-1851''' - ''Record of Marriages of Bracken County, Kentucky, 1796-1851.'' Digital version at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/250447-records-of-marriages-of-bracken-county-kentucky-1796-1851?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
 
*'''1796-1851''' - ''Record of Marriages of Bracken County, Kentucky, 1796-1851.'' Digital version at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/250447-records-of-marriages-of-bracken-county-kentucky-1796-1851?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
*'''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]]
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*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; — index and images
*'''1852-1861''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|M517111}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1852-1861''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|M517111}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1875''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517113}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1875''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517113}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
*'''1876-1878''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517114}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1876-1878''' - Bracken County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517114}}at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch]
 
*[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
 
*'''1960-1993''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10082/kentucky-marriages-1960-1993?s=275764761 Kentucky Marriages, 1960-1993] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''1960-1993''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10082/kentucky-marriages-1960-1993?s=275764761 Kentucky Marriages, 1960-1993] at MyHeritage ($) — index
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{{KY Death Intro|Bracken}}
 
{{KY Death Intro|Bracken}}
  
*'''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
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*'''1843-1970''' - {{RecordSearch|1674848|Kentucky Deaths and Burials 1843-1970}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Kentucky Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''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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*'''1911-1965''' - {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]- [[Kentucky Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]; index
 
*'''1900-1999''' [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10046/kentucky-deaths-1900-1999?s=275764761 Kentucky Deaths, 1900-1999] at MyHeritage ($) — index
 
*'''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

Revision as of 12:49, 12 January 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Brooksville
Organized: December 14, 1796
Parent County(s): Campbell, Mason[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown (OH)  • Clermont (OH)  • Harrison  • Mason  • Pendleton  • Robertson
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Bracken County was named for William Bracken. The county is located in the northeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Bracken County Courthouse
116 W Miami Street
PO Box 147
Brooksville, KY 41004
Phone: 606-735-2952[3]
Bracken County Website

Bracken 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
1852 1797 1852 1797 1797 1797 1810
*Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1911. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1848--A disaster caused the loss of some records.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1796--Bracken County was created 14 December 1796 from Campbell and Mason Counties.  
  • County seat: Brooksville[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 Bracken, 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 Bracken county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18002,606
18103,70642.2%
18205,28042.5%
18306,51823.4%
18407,0538.2%
18508,90326.2%
186011,02123.8%
187011,4093.5%
188013,50918.4%
189012,369−8.4%
190012,137−1.9%
191010,308−15.1%
192010,210−1.0%
19309,616−5.8%
19409,389−2.4%
19508,424−10.3%
19607,422−11.9%
19707,227−2.6%
19807,7387.1%
19907,7660.4%
20008,2796.6%
20108,4882.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21023.txt

For tips on accessing Bracken 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.


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]

  • [Owens] Owens, David Hatfield. Owens Family of Virginia (Richmond, King George, Stafford, Prince William, Fauquier Counties) and Kentucky (Mason, Lewis, Fleming, Bracken, Mercer, Boyle Counties). Ann Arbor, Mich.: D.H. Owens, 1991. FHL Book 929.273 Ow2od 1991

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 Bracken 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]

Campbell CountyPendleton CountyHarrison CountyRobertson CountyMason CountyClermont CountyBrown CountyKY BRACKEN.PNG
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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 7th Cavalry Regiment, Kentucky (Confederate). Company A.

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 Bracken 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 Bracken County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Bracken 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 Bracken County Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Bracken 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 Bracken 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Bracken County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Kentucky Societies.

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, "Bracken County, Kentucky" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken_County,_Kentucky."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bracken 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), Bracken 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, "Bracken County, Kentucky," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bracken_County,_Kentucky, accessed 4 August 2018.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.