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 in 1787 in Hopewell (renamed Paris).

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Crystal Dingler - County Coordinator
Copyright 2007 - 2012

Mrs. Jerry Taylor - Former County Coordinator
Copyright 2004 - 2007
Last updated 01/12/13
New 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. If you have information, please contact Mary Hatton


Please change your links.

  Surnames; Rout or Routt  01/12/13
  Marriage Bonds 1814-15  12/22/12
  She's back!! Janet Pease' Marriage Bonds 1811-13 12/11/12
  Source of Birth & Deaths 1852-1854  11/17/2012
  Willmontt Cemetery Added 11/02/12
  Robert Wilmott Rev. War Grave Marking 10/26/12
  Flora Hiten Langfels Obituary 10/26/12
  Pat Ameche Obituary 10/26/12
  Mt. Olivet Cemetery update A-C  09/02/12
  Surnames: Vaughan 08/21/12
  More Paris Cemetery names & photos 08/12/12
  Emily Wilson b. 12/14/1814 Brick Wall 05/27/12
  1812 Marriage Bonda James Ward and Priscilla Tucker, Dan'l Lake and Elizabeth Mazorge, Henry Curtright and Betsy Stip & Joseph Childers & Mary J. Landrum 04/10/12
  Johnson, Hibler Brick Wall 04/07/12
  Workman, Wyckoff Brick Wall 04/07/12
  Humphrey Hill School ca 1788  03/1/12
  1812 Marriage Bonds: Wm. Sutton m. Nancy Elgin & John Davis m. Lucy Moore 02/29/12
  Dunbar, Clark, Mitchell 1796-1804 Brick Wall 02/17/12
  Joseph Peyton & Jemima Nelson 1805-1820 02/10/12
  Survey Bk 1 complete  01/18/2012
  Hildreth  12/11/11
  Moses Fowler 1827-1895 Brick Wall 12/10/11
  Deed Bk E 1st 201 pages  12/4/11
  Edward W. Owsley, Civil War Vet 11/13/11
  Samuel T. & HarrietTalbott stones added to Paris Cemetery 9/11/11
  Deed Bk D: Conplete (currently you must look at the page - names are not on Search) 09/11/11
  Benton family graves in Paris Cem. 08/31/11
  LDS Probate & Will Images 08/28/11
  Joseph Allen & Elvira Shelton 07/31/11
  Looking for Coffman photos  07/29/11
  Marriage Bonds 1807-10  07/19/11
  Sam'l Penn & Philadelphia Foster Marriage Bond 6/17/11
  Jesse Foster 1828 Will 06/17/11
  Bell and Worl (Worrell) surnames added 06/03/11
  Sgt. James Mattox Stones added 06/03/11

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