County History

Formed in 1786 from Fayette County, Bourbon County was named for the royal family of France who aided the colonies in the War of Independence. Bourbon was one of nine Virginia counties formed before Kentucky became a state in 1792. Twenty-four new counties and parts of ten other new counties were formed from its original area. The first courthouse was in 1787 in Hopewell (renamed Paris).

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Crystal Dingler - County Coordinator
Copyright 2007 - 2018

Mrs. Jerry Taylor - Former County Coordinator
Copyright 2004 - 2007
Last updated  05/07/18
Site coordinator 11/09/07
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  Searching for family members of Theodore Linville who lived in Millersburg, Ky - son of William David Linville and Lula Rankin Linville from Piqua, Ky
  Finding years of operation of Mansfield-Jefferson Lumberyard Paris, KY
  Locating Robnett Cemetery,
  Finding info on Jefferson Seminary
  Jacob Groshong (may be Grojean) 1794 tax list, son Samuel, bro-in-law Daniel Kistler
  My mother, GGG grand daughter to Captain Isaac Ruddle and GG grand daughter to John and Elizabeth Mulheran, has pictures and letters handed down. I would like to see more pictures from these families.  <>
  Are you a descendant of John and Mary Moore Clark? Do you know anything about the cemetery where we believe John and Mary Clark are buried?

Bourbon County African American Records

The Bourbon Co. African American records formerly posted here, have been moved to the Kentucky African American Griots KYGenWeb site. The new site seeks to centralize African American records in Kentucky and is part of KYGenWeb Special Collection's Project.  Please visit this site and support this effort by donating material.

Naming the Forgotten -
The Eastern State Hospital Project

This special KyGenWeb project gathers names of residents of Eastern State Hospital, formerly the Eastern State Lunatic Asylum, there prior to 1956.  The hospital cemetery may hold up to 10,000 unmarked graves. Before the registration of deaths in 1911, records are extremely difficult to find.

What's New?

  Marriages without Bonds W-Z (FINAL) 04/30/18
  Marriages without Bonds S-W 04/21/18
  Marriages without Bonds R-S 1828-1845 03/03/18
  Marriages without Bonds M-R Grooms 1827-50 08/19/17
  Marriages without Bonds G-L Grooms 1827-50 06/24/17
  Surnames Cline & Sharrard updated  04/16/17
  Marriages without Bonds, G Grooms (1827-1850) 03/18/17
  William Foster family history 01/01/17
  Pension Roll of 1835 for Bourbon Co., 01/01/17
  Marriages without Bonds E-F Grooms (1827-1850) 02/18/17
  Marriages without Bonds 1827 - 1850 11/9/16
  Marriages without Bonds to 1850 (cont.) 06/05/16
  Surname WEAR / WARE 060116
  John Myers / Rheuma Smith 1805 Mg Bond 05/30/16
  1897 Bourbon Co. Physicians  05/28/16
  Brick Wall: Grinnan  04/17/16
  Roberts Family 02/21/16
  Marriages without Bonds to 1850, Mg Reg 2 02/09/16
  Marriages without Bonds to 1850, Mg Reg 1 12/13/15
  Craig - Boatman Families 12/12/15
  Marriage Bonds 1830-1831  10/20/15
  Marriage Bonds 1834-1850  09/27/15
  Images of America: Bourbon County 1860-1940 09/06/15
  Help Needed: John Keenon  08/23/15
  Wells, Conway Family Site below  08/23/15
  Surnames: Conway & Wells  08/22/15
  Marriage Bonds 1832-1834 06/29/15
  Brick Wall: Hugh Henry & Rachel Anderson graves  07/22/15
  Marriage Bonds 1827-1829 04/02/15
  Hiram R. Dunbar 02/12/15
  Kentucky Genealogical Society link 12/23/14
  Brick Wall: Bradley, Laird, Delaney  10/19/14
  Bourbon Wills and Estates 1825-1831  09/28/14
  William and Polly (Masterson) Hulse Guestbook 09/09/14
  Bourbon Wills & Estates 1816-1824  09/07/14
  Mary Clay Hatton 1948 - 2014  08/18/14
  Barker surname researcher 08/09/14
  Marriage Bonds 1824-1826 (complete) 05/03/14
  William L. Collins Family 04/25/14
  Hector Reid / Reed Family 03/29/14
  Thomas Carter (Rev War) 03/29/14
  William Reed  Obit. b. KY 1797 d MO 1883 01/18/14
  Surname: Watts  11/6/13

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