301 Main Street, Suite 106, Paris, KY 40361
County clerk's email:
Records from 1786: Apprenticeship Bonds; Court Records; Deeds; Estate Records; Guardianship Bonds; Marriages;
School Census




  Paris-Bourbon County Public Library
701 High Street, Paris KY 4036
859-987-4419  Check their hours before going.
Resources held: Local interest Books; Donated Family Records;
Records on Microfilm
Bourbon County Marriages and Deaths: 1808-1865
Bourbon County Marriages: 1794-1845
Census: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930
Death Certificates
Deeds: up to 1890
Local Newspapers: 1872-1882 July; 1808-1866 June (except 1827);1884-1895 Dec;1888 July-1889 Dec;1897-1940 (except 1915/16);1942 Feb - 1979 March (1977 Apr-June missing); The Kentuckian Citizen for the years of 1887-1966
Tax Assessment Books: 1787-1793; 1795-1806; 1807-1820; 1821-1833; 1835-1849
Wills: 1786-2001
Vital Statistics Records: 1852-1910 for Bath, Boone, Bourbon

  John Fox Jr. Memorial Library
Duncan Tavern Historical Center
323 High Street, Paris, KY 40361
(859) 987-1788
Large collection of genealogical and historical books pertaining to counties and states; also family histories and family vertical files. $4.00 fee for non-members.  Tuesday - Check their hours open before going.


  Lexington Public Library
Central library address and hours of operation.
140 East Main St., Lexington, KY 40507, (859) 231-5530

  Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library
    104 North Main Street
    Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031



The Bourbon Times/The Citizen Advertiser
123 W 8th Street
Paris, KY 40361


Kentucky Dept. of Libraries and Archives

Kentucky Historical Society

Kentucky Land Office


*Bourbon County KYGenWeb Archives

*USGenWeb Kentucky Obituaries

*Kentucky in the 1873 Cholera Epidemic

*Kentucky Statewide Records

*Kentucky Footsteps Archive


The Bourbon News 1900 - 1910 Online - Kentuckiana Digital Library : type in Bourbon News in the search box

Bourbon Photos at Kentuckiana Digital Library

Tombstone Transcription Project


Family Search - Free 1880 Federal Census

Census Finder - Kentucky


Kentucky Death Index  - Deaths 1911 - 2000

Vital Search - Births, Deaths & Marriages

KY Marriages - 1973-2000

Social Security Death Index

  RESEARCH HELP  - Sandi's Gorin's Research Tips

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Lost Cousins

Political Graveyard - Bourbon County, Kentucky
KY Women Artists - Hattie Hutchcraft Hill, Native of Bourbon County, KY

National Register of Historic Places - Bourbon Co.

Newspaper Obituaries on the Net

KY AA Griots Project

VA Gravesite Locator

KY National Guard History eMuseum

Chronicaling America Newspaper Archive

Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky Home Page

Linkpendium/Bourbon County
The Boone Society

National Grave Locator
Wikipedia - encyclopedia   

Newspaper Abstracts

Genealogy 101 Site List

Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc.
HPBC is the parent organization of which Hopewell Museum is the most visible facet. It does not have a separate website. They are very active in the county, and have at least one activity per month. Their calendar is posted on the Hopewell Museum website, or will be soon.The yearbook just came out this week.
HPBC was responsible for the publication of Historic Architecture in Bourbon County, Kentucky by Langsam and Johnson, which is among your listings, and a new publication, God's Acres: Private Graveyards in Bourbon County, Kentucky, compiled by Kenney Roseberry and her daughter Rogers Barde, and also sponsored by HPBC. See the Hopewell Museum website Museum Store for books and other Bourbon Co. items.

Hopewell Museum
Paris, KY
Be sure to check out the Museum Store online.

Fleming County Historical Society
207 E. Main Street
Flemingsburg KY 41041
Meets 1st Thursday of every month at the Fleming County Public Library.  No meetings are held in Jan. or July.

Mason County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 266, Maysville KY 41056

Red River Historical Society
P. O. Box 195, Clay City, KY. 40312
Meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 7 P.M. at its Red River History Museum in Clay City

Robertson County Historical Society
Meets March - December at 7 P.M. at the senior citizens center in Mt. Olivet, Ky.
For information on joining their society contact William Wheaton


Constitutional Convention Pool Books 1875; tax books 1787-1793,
1795-1831, 1833, 1835-1892; Marriage Bonds 1786-1862; marriages 1790-1839,
1852-1900; Deeds 1786-1874, Wills 1786-1871; County Court Orders 186-1866.


Deeds 1786-1900; Mortgages 1861-1900; Land Entries 1786-1835;
Non-resident's land 1875; Marriage records 1786-1900; Inventories
1876-1900; Apprentice bonds 1814-1900; County Court Order Books 1812-1866;
Wills 1789-1871; Guardians Book 1807-1900; Administrator's Bonds 1822-1900;
Executors Bonds 1835-1900; County Minute Books 1806-1884; Depositions
1815-1885; Court Records (re trials, deeds, etc - used to be in basement)
1793-1784; Enrolled Militia (basement vault) 1861-1874; Settlement with
Paymaster (basement - militia records) 1814-1848; Misc. Proceedings of
County Court 1786-1889; Depositions, 1815-1885; Register of Claims
1847-1900; Deeds 1786-1900; Lein Transfers 18868-1900; Mechanics Liens
1874-1900; Slaves 1815-1865; Wills and Estates 1789-1900; Bonds 1853-1900;
Minute Book 1786-1797.


Civil Suits 1786-1900; Court Proceedings no date - VERY old;
Commonwealth Order Book 1870-1900; Circuit Order Books 1806-1900; Index to
same 1806-1900; Guardian Bonds 1898-1900; Lunatics & Idiot Requests
1892-1900; Master Commissioner's Report 1897-1900; Report of Commissioners
on Land Division 1898-1900.


  Hopewell Museum

Campell's In Paris - Located in the historical building previously known as the Baldwin Hotel on Main Street

Copyright Notice: This is a free website and shall remain free.  All files, original documents, photo's etc. remain the property of the submitter and will not be sold.  Nor can they be reproduced in any format or on any other website without written consent from their owner. 

Crystal Dingler - County Coordinator
Copyright 2007 - 2014

Mrs. Jerry Taylor - Former County Coordinator
Copyright 2004 - 2007
Bourbon County, KY
Resources and Links
More Bourbon County Resources from the
Former Bourbon County Genealogical Society Files

Researching in Bourbon County by Mary Hatton

The Bourbon Times / The Citizen Advertiser
123 W 8th Street
Paris, KY 40361

Facilities near Bourbon County

Crabbe Library
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, KY  40475-3100

Special Collections
Family Files, Oral History Project

Central library address and hours of operation.
140 East Main St., Lexington, KY 40507, (859) 231-5530
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Vertical files, death certificates 1911-1953, census, county histories, family histories, local newspapers, maps, state and local government documents. Family Files, Oral History Project

100 W. Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-1792, 877-444-7867
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday - Friday

370 South Burns Avenue
Winchester, KY 40391-1876
Contact: Maruskin, Julie

300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone:(502) 564-8300
Archives Research Room: 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday
24 West Main Street
P.O. Box 380
Owingsville, KY 40360-2015
Phone: 606-674-2531

Special Collections and Digital Programs
Margaret I. King Library
Lexington, KY  40506-0039
Phyllis Vannoy Spiker, Volunteer Genealogical Specialist

Early Bourbon County Families:

Rockbridge Baptist Church Graveyard/Edward Boone Memorial Committee
Ruddle's and Martin's Stations Historic Association

Searchable Databases:
Kentucky Death Index  
Family Search: 1880 Census
USGenWeb Census Project - index to 1810 - 1850 Bourbon Co. Census
Kentucky Land Office
Kentucky Vital Records Project
W. T. Young Library - Newspapers on Microfilm   Email
The Lexington Cemetery
Camp Nelson National Cemetery

General Research & Links of Interest

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement
Valley Forge Legacy
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
Colonial Ancestors
Brigham Young University Family History Archive - database containing .pdf files of family histories
The Library of Virginia
Maryland State Archives 
Sons of the American Revolution - Nationwide resource for obituaries and guestbook's
Illinois State Archives Databases

Area Newspapers Online:

Lexington Herald Leader
The Winchester Sun
The Cynthiana Democrat
Maysville Ledger Independent
The Jessamine Journal
Cincinnati Enquirer

Resources for other States:

Guide to Virginia Historical Resources
Arizona Genealogy Birth and Death Certificates
California Death Records 1940 - 1997
Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763Ė1900
Missouri Birth and Death Records
Ohio Death Certificate Index 1913-1944


By Mary Hatton

For anyone researching in Bourbon County, Ky. The following is suggested:

Go to the second floor of the court & ask for the room with all the old records.

The County Clerk & the ladies who work in the office are wonderful to help in any way they can. Donít hesitate to ask questions or ask for some help.

It should be noted that some of the books are bound so that anyone researching can take the books apart and copy the pages. This makes copying easier. If the researcher is unsure that a book can be opened then ask the wonderful staff in the county clerkís office.

Part 1:

Research completed on 16 May 2007 will be used as an example.

Researcher had the name of Richard Biddle.

The following steps were taken to find probate records in Bourbon County, Ky.

1. Look in the Index to Estates find Richard Biddle & his # was 828.

2. Look in the corresponding Estate Book #1-2000 & find #828 for Richard Biddle.

Richard Biddle had the following records:

1. Wills (Will Book) G inv (inventory) pages 384 (when the inventory was pulled pages 384-386 were copied).

2. Estates Settled-B page 202 (pages 203 & 203 were copied), page 207 (pages 207-212 were copied).

3. Orders H (Order Book)-admin. 364, inv 366, 464, 500, 523, 524, & 535

It should be noted some probate records may contain one small notation in an order book while other estate records may contain a full will, inventory, sale bill, estate settled, guardian papers, and several order book entries. The Anthony Thornton estate records had a will, several inventories, appraisement, sale bill, several estates settled. See: &

There will be a series of articles on researching in Bourbon County, Ky.

Part 2:

Research completed the week of June 25-29, 2007 will be used as examples.
Researcher had the names John Ward, Isaac Baker, Jacob Baker, and Absolom Crose, and The Prescott Cemetery.

The following steps were taken to find probate records in Bourbon County, Ky.

1. Look in the deed index book A-Z find the name and it gives a page number.

2. Go to the page number. The second page will give the name, deed book number, and page.

1. James Ward had the following records:

1) Deed Book H-James Ward to William Ward-pages539 & 540 were copied. The deed was dated June 6, 1812.

2) Deed Book I-Samuel Blair and his wife Mary, William Ward, George W. Ward to James Ward-pages 131-135 were copied. The deed was dated January 7, 1813.

2. Isaac & Jacob Baker had the following deeds:

1) Deed Book G-James Tinsley to Isaac Baker for $79.00, land first patented by Ambrose Rucker on Somerset Creek next to Isaac Bakerís line and Aikmanís line in the amount of 39 ĺ acres. Dated June 5th 1809-pages 40 and 41 were copied.

2) Deed Book G-James Aikman to Isaac Baker for $200.00, 150 acres where Baker lives it being part of a tract granted to Abraham Shepherd on Somerset Creek. Dated June 5th 1809-page 42 was copied.

3) Deed Book M-Michael Sappington and Mary to Jacob Baker for 50 cents, 60 acres of land on Somerset Creek. Page 202 was copied.

3. Crose Family had the following deeds:

1) Deed Book 51-Caroline S. Crose (widow of the late James Crose) to Thomas Jones in the amount of $1,200.00 for 101 acres on the land of Green Creek in Bourbon County under the decree of the Bourbon County Circuit Court in the suit of Robert Hume, Absolom Crose, and James Crose. The deed was recorded on 19th October 1859. Pages 124 and 125 were copied.

2) Mortgage Book 1-James Crose to Absolom Crose and James M. Crose Mortgage 2 tracks of land for $1.00 in hand on Green Creek in Bourbon County. This mortgage was recorded on the 11th day of August 1840. Pages 113-115 were copied.

3) Mortgage Book 1-Absolom Crose Jr. to James M. Crose, guardian of Rebecca Crose, in the amount of $3,534.05 for 52.3 acres of land on Green Creek. This mortgage was recorded 27th day of August 1840. Pages 124 & 125 were copied.

4) Mortgage Book 1-James Crose to Austin C. Porter and Absolom Crose for $2,000.00 in the amount of 100 acres on Green Creek in Bourbon County. This mortgage mentioned other persons and $ amounts, and conditions. This mortgage was recorded 3rd day of June 1841. Pages 195 & 196 were copied.

5) Mortgage Book 1-Absolom Crose to Austin C. Porter-pages 196 and 197 were copied. Mortgage of Negroes dated 7th June 1841.

This indenture made this seventh day of June AD one thousand eight hundred and forty one between Absolom Crose of the County of Bourbon and the state of Kentucky a party of the first part and Austin C. Porter of the County aforesaid a party of the second part Witness that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the liability of said Porter as surety of said Crose and of the indebtness of said Crose to him as hereinafter stated has granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said party of the second part the following negro slaves to wit one woman named Mary and her two boy children named John and George. Together with all the promises, improvements, rights, and privileges thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining. To have and hold the said slaves promises and appurtenances aforesaid unto the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns forever. But the above deed is subject to the following condition to wit that whereas the said Porter is bound as surety for said Crose to John L. Hickman for the payment of a debt to fall due about the month of March 1843 for about six hundred and fifty dollars and the said Crose is also indebted to said Porter in the sum of ninety dollars. Now if the said Crose shall pay to said Porter said last mentioned debt and shall also pay to said Hickman said debt for which said Porter is bound as unity when the same shall fall due and completely indemnify the said Porter then the above deed shall be void, else be and remain in full force. In Witness where of the said Crose has been unto set his hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Absolom Crose (Seal)

Commonwealth of Kentucky and County of Bourbon Sct. I Thomas P. Smith clerk of the County Court of said County do certify that this Mortgage from Abaslom Crose to Austin C. Porter was this day produced and acknowledged before me in my office by the said Crose to be his act and deed.

Where upon said Mortgage together with this certificate hath been duly admitted to record in my office. Given under my hand this seventh day of June 1841.

Tho. P. Smith Clerk

By Tho. P. Smith D/C

6) Mortgage Book 1-Absolom Crose Sr. to James M. Crose in the amount of $1,820.00 for the right to a track of land containing 61 acres in Bourbon County in the village of Clintonville. This Mortgage was recorded on the 10th day of June 1841. Pages 199 and 200 were copied.

7) Mortgage Book 2-Absolom Crose Jr. to Ferdinand E. Peck in the amount of $120.00 for a special bail for $350.00 for the right title to the Dower land on Green Creek in Bourbon County, Kentucky allotted to Mrs. Elizabeth Crose in the estate of his Father Levi Crose. This Mortgage was recorded on 1st day of November 1842. Page 6 was copied.

It should be noted some names such a Johnson and Johnston are listed as Johnson and the researcher then uses a first name to try and narrow the search but many similar names such as Robert were found. Another example is McClanahan the first names are William or Thomas. In a cases such these, a deed index can be copied and sent to the person who asked for research. The person asking for research may see a first name that they recognize and this can the researcher.