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[KY] Manumission of slaves---records

Manumission of slaves---records

This article is posted with the permission of Sandi Gorin
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:03:12 -0500
From: "Sandra K. Gorin"
Subject: [SCKY] LESSON 13 - COUNTY ORDER BOOKS
To: SOUTH-CENTRAL-KENTUCKY@rootsweb.com

LESSON 13 COUNTY ORDER BOOKS

What?s so interesting about these so-called Order Books. What are they anyway?

Order Books, so called in Kentucky, are the
minute books of the County Court. Often
overlooked for the information they contain, they
can be a treasure chest of information for the
researcher. These are handwritten by the clerk
and housed in most County Clerk offices in those
huge old tomes that are so hard to lift and copy.
Many are in fragile shape and are blessed with
information on many subjects. Some are indexed,
some are not; some have separate indexes in
smaller books housed with the Order book.

Some of the topics you will find therein include:

References to Revolutionary War applications
Appointment of administrators to the estates of those dying intestate.
Licenses for ministers allowing them to preach &
perform marriages in the county
Payments to individuals for keeping the insane, ill or orphans.
Payments to individuals for making coffins for a deceased individual.
Payments for individuals bringing in wolf skins.
Names of individuals who were not required to pay taxes for the year.
Names of individuals appointed to survey lands of deceased.

Manumission of slaves


Establishment of roads or maintenance of same.
Some poor house records.
Guardianship appointments, often naming name of child, age, etc.
Names of those paid for service to the county in elections, road work, etc.
Tavern licenses.
Mill site establishments ? viewing of land.
Citations on indenturing of children.
Names of judges, jailers, sheriffs, and other officers.
Much more!

There are usually separate books also kept for
some of these ? administrator and executor bond
books, tavern records, guardianships and
indentures, but these books give a lot of the information
not found elsewhere.

If you are able to visit the County Clerk?s
office, take a look for these books. They are still kept to the present day.

Next week: Guardianship Bonds

Colonel Sandi Gorin
The difficult we do immediately; the impossible
takes a little longer. Miracles by appointment only!


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