Kentucky Cemetery Records

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This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA, for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the Kentucky Family History Research series.
History of Kentucky
Kentucky Vital Records
Census Records for Kentucky
Background Sources for Kentucky
Kentucky Maps
Kentucky Land Records
Kentucky Probate Records
Kentucky Court Records
Kentucky Tax Records
Kentucky Cemetery Records
Kentucky Church Records
Kentucky Military Records
Kentucky Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Kentucky Archives, Libraries, and Societies
African Americans of Kentucky
Kentucky County Resources
Map of Kentucky


Many collections of cemetery records are available for Kentucky. A Kentucky cemetery records database is available through the Kentucky Historical Society website. In 1977 the Kentucky Historical Society began computerizing extant cemetery records for the state. Cemetery tombstone transcriptions are included in the Ardery collection (see Kentucky Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections). The main repositories for cemetery compilations are the Kentucky Historical Society, University of Kentucky Library, Filson Library, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library in Washington, D.C., local libraries, and the FHL. Kentucky regional libraries and some other large genealogical libraries outside the state have collections of Kentucky cemetery transcriptions. In addition, publications pertaining to Kentucky and Kentuckians frequently contain cemetery records for the state. An Internet source of cemetery names and locations is www.gac.edu/~kengelha/uscemeteries/kentucky.html. See also:

  • Coyle, Malle B., and Lorena Eubanks. Kentucky Cemetery Records. Lexington, Ky.: Kentucky Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1960.
  • Johnson, Robert Foster. Wilderness Road Cemeteries in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Owensboro, Ky.: McDowell Publications, 1981.
  • Wilson, V., M. B. Coyle, L. C. Mallows, and I. B. Gaines. Kentucky Cemetery Records. 5 vols. Florence, Ky.: Daughters of the American Revolution, 1960–72. The Coyle and Eubanks volume cited above is part of this series.
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