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Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: West Liberty
Organized: December 7, 1822
Parent County(s): Floyd, Bath [1]
Neighboring Counties
Elliott  • Johnson  • Lawrence  • Magoffin  • Menifee  • Rowan  • Wolfe
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Morgan County Courthouse
450 Prestonburg Street
PO Box 26
West Liberty, KY 41472-1162
Phone: 606-743-3949[2]
Morgan County Website

Morgan 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
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1852 1823 1852 1846 1866 1830
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1862, 1925 - Disasters destroyed most records. 9 March 2012 - Tornadoes destroyed much of West Liberty.

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1822--Morgan County was created 7 December 1822 from Floyd and Bath Counties.  
  • County seat: West Liberty[3]

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

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in Morgan County, Kentucky:

  • Adele
  • Bear Wallow
  • Blairs Mills
  • Blaze
  • Bonny
  • Caney
  • Cannel City
  • Caskey Fork (hist.)
  • Caskey Settlement
  • Cindas Creek
  • Cisco
  • Coffee Creek
  • Cottle
  • Crockett
  • Dehart
  • Dingus
  • Ditney School (hist.)
  • Ebon
  • Elamton
  • Elkfork
  • Elna
  • Ezel
  • Fannin
  • Florress
  • Gordon Ford
  • Grassy Creek
  • Greear
  • Head of Stacy Fork
  • Hickory Grove
  • Holliday
  • Index
  • Jeptha
  • Jericho
  • Jones Creek
  • Kellacey
  • Leisure
  • Lenox
  • Liberty Road
  • Licking River
  • Lost Creek
  • Lower Sandlick
  • Malone
  • Matthew
  • Maytown
  • Middle Fork
  • Mima
  • Mize
  • Moon
  • Murphyfork
  • Neal Valley
  • Nickell
  • Oak Hill
  • Ophir
  • Panama
  • Payton
  • Pekin
  • Perry Bend
  • Pomp
  • Redwine
  • Relief
  • Rexville
  • Right Fork
  • Road Fork
  • Rockhouse
  • Rush Branch
  • Salem
  • Sellars
  • Silverhill
  • Smith Creek
  • Stacy Fork
  • Straight Creek
  • Tarklin
  • Twentysix
  • Upper Sandlick
  • Upper White Oak Creek
  • Vance Fork
  • War Creek
  • West Liberty
  • Wheel Rim
  • Wheelrim Fork
  • White Oak
  • Woodsbend
  • Wrigley
  • Yocum
  • Zag

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 Morgan, 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 Morgan county cemeteries.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Morgan 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.

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 Kentucky African Americans 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 Morgan 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]


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Revolutionary War[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

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

- 2nd Battalion, Kentucky Mounted Rifles (Confederate). Company A.
- 14th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate). Company B.

World War I[edit | edit source]

World War II[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 Morgan 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 Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Morgan 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.

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

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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morgan County, Kentucky page 273, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kentucky. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at