African Ancestry in Kentucky
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    It is clear that blacks, both free and enslaved were present in Kentucky from the very beginning of statehood   (1792)  and in Fincastle County and Kentucky Counties, Virginia; from which Kentucky was formed. There have been several books and articles written on the subject, some of which are listed below:

    • The fascinating Story of Black Kentucky-Their heritage and Tradition by Alice Dunnigan
    • From Slavery to Segregation 1790-1891 by Marion B. Lucas
    • In pursuit of Equality by George C. Wright
    • The Legal status of free blacks in early Kentucky by Juliet E. K. Walker
    • Kentucky Law Concerning Emancipation or freedom of slaves by Edward M. Post

    Kentucky History: Blacks/African Americans

    Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and History-Kentucky's African American Experience

    We will be posting additional references and their locations soon !!


    Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives

    Kentucky Atlas and Gazetteer - Counties

    Historical Maps of Kentucky (some from 1870-1912)

    Kentucky GenWeb Counties (If you don't know your county, click on the link above to find it)

    Kentucky Vital Records Index (for looking up relatives)

    Kentucky Vital Records Information for ordering

    Jessie Hagan's Homepage (to order photocopies of KY death certificates)

    Chester Ward's Homepage (to order photocopies of KY death certificates)

    American Local History Network - Kentucky

    Everton's Genealogy Resources in Kentucky

    Lexington Kentucky Family History Centers

    Kentucky Commonwealth Virtural Library (Search the on-line catalogs of several Ky Libraries and perhaps use the Interlibrary Loan Program to view in your local library. See your local library for instructions.

    University Of Kentucky Libraries

    Lexington Public Library

    Paducah Public Library, Special Collections/Genealogy

    Kentucky Historical Society

    South Central KY Historical & Genealogical Society

    Fulton County Kentucky Genealogy

    Kentuckiana Genealogy (Indiana & Kentucky)

    A List of Historical Societies throughout KY

    Kentucky Research Tips

    Census Links on the Internet-Kentucky

    Kentucky African American Census Schedules on-line

    The Filson Club in Louisville, KY

    Washington County Kentucky Genealogy

    Faye Sea Sanders Books on Washington County. KY

    Barren County, KY Deed Forum

    Gorin Genealogical Publishing - Books on Warren & Barren County (including some for African Americans)

    Cyndi's List- Kentucky

    Genealogy Resources on the Internet- Kentucky

    Northern Ky Marriages 1795-1859

    American Local History Network - Kentucky

    Find a Grave By State - Kentucky

    Cemetery Records of Kentucky by County (not all counties and/or cemeteries are shown)

    Internet Funeral Service Directory - Kentucky (not all funeral Homes/Mortuaries are shown)

    Commonwealth of Kentucky Homepage

    Northern Kentucky African American Heritage Task Force

    Kentucky's United States Colored Troops

    Civil War - Kentucky

    Kentucky Yearbooks

    Kentucky High School Alumni


    The Kentucky Page Coordinator is Mary E. Jewell. She can be contacted at

    African Americans - 1870 census of Mercer County, KY

    This area will contain other transcribed African American records for various KY counties in the very near future.


    Names, and email addresses of volunteers willing to do research and/or lookups will be posted soon.

    Until then please send queries to Query Coordinator

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    Placed online: 26 Sep 1999 | Updated: 25 February 2002
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