80 Examples of Kentucky Family Research and Genealogies by Surname

Studying family history is not a new hobby. People have been researching their family origin and preparing genealogies for their family and others for centuries. 

It's hard to get started. We prepared this list of genealogies for Kentucky families to show you how other collected their data and presented it. These books contain useful information on researching Kentucky's past through family history records, such as census data, birth/death certificates and military service records among others.

Family History Methods Differ by Genealogist

Some genealogist limited their discussion to a single-family name. The authors chose to trace how far and wide the family had spread.

Prentice Pioneer Family

Charles Binney wrote the oldest book on the list. In 1883, Binney published a genealogy book that features the history of the Prentice (Prentiss) families. He documents the family genealogy starting in the 1600s. The family story starts in Massachusetts but some family members migrated into Kentucky as some of the early Kentucky settlers.

One such person was Nathaniel Prentice, a Revolutionary War veteran, whose wife, Elizabeth Gordon, was infatuated with frontier life and made him promise they could move to Kentucky. In 1796, they were living in the small village of Lexington, Ky. Sadly the pioneer life took its toll on Elizabeth and she died shortly after moving there. In 1825, Prentice returned to New York where he died in 1832 from cholera.

Carlock Family History

Others included the allied family names. Marion Pomeroy Carlock in the introduction to his book noted how important it was to capture not only the family of study but also the other families connected to them. Perhaps he wanted more commercial appeal for his 654-page "History of the Carlock Family and Adventures of Pioneer Americans" tome. When discussing the small population of pioneers, he might have run out of family members.

He also include some African Americans in his text. Specifically he writes about a lady named Jemima who was a slave "in name only". Her job was to care for the Henry Harrison Cox family children. She was at liberty to visit her family.  She is buried in the Dixon Springs, Tennessee cemetery. 


Listing Genealogies with Kentucky Family Surnames

We have collected a list of over 80 family names. The books selected for this list contained at least one family member who was connected to Kentucky. These books are freely available from Google Books.

Surname Publish Year Genealogy Resource
Alison, Allison 1893 The History of the Alison, Or Allison Family in Europe and America
Bishop 2009 Pike County Kentucky Bishop Family Genealogical Timeline
Boone 1922 A Genealogical History of the Descendants of George and Mary Boone, who Came to America in 1717
Bowman 1912 Bowman Genealogy: Fragmentary Annals of a Branch of the Bowman Family
Bromwell 1910 The Bromwell Genealogy
Buford 1903 A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America
Buford 1924 History and Genealogy of the Buford Family in America
Calvin 1945 The Calvin Families: Origin and History of the American Calvins, with a Partial Genealogy
Carlock 1929 History of the Carlock Family and Adventures of Pioneers
Chenoweth 1925 History of the Chenoweth Family, Beginning 449 AD
Child 1881 Genealogy of the Child, Childs and Childe Families
Clay, Cecil 2009 Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty
Cleveland 1899 The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families
Cloyd 1912 Genealogy of the Cloyd, Basye and Tapp Families in America
Coombs   Coombs Family History: A surprising and exciting journey
Dameron-Damron 1953 The Dameron-Damron Genealogy
Denny 1886 Genealogy of the Denny Family in England and America
Dodson, Dotson, Lucas, Pyles, Rochester, Allied 1959 Genealogy of the Dodson (Dotson), Lucas, Pyles, Rochester, and Allied Family
Duke 1909 A Genealogy of the Duke-Shepherd-Van Metre Family
Dunlevy 1901 A Genealogical History of the Dunlevy Family
Eliot 1663 Genealogy of the Eliot Family
Fairbanks 1897 Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633-1897
Keyes, North, Cruzen 1914 Genealogy and History of the Related Keyes, North and Cruzen
Ficklin 1912 A Genealogical History of the Ficklin Family
Field 1901 Field Genealogy; Being the Record of All the Field Family in America, Whose Ancestors Were in this Country Prior to 1700
Fishback 1914 Genealogy of the Fishback Family in America
Floyd 1912 Biographical Genealogies of the Virginia-Kentucky Floyd 
Foote 1907 Foote Family
Fouts 2000 Fouts Family of Indiana
Frisian 1893 A Frisian Family: The Banta Genealogy
Gowdy 1919 A Family History Comprising the Surnames of Gade and the Variant Forms
Graffenried 1925 History of the de Graffenried Family from 1191 AD to 1925
Harris 1914 Harris Genealogy
Henry 1915 Henry Genealogy: The Descendants of Samuel Henry of Hadley, Mass
Holtzclaw 1936 The Genealogy of the Holtzclaw Family, 1540-1935
Hord 1898 Genealogy of the Hord Family
Horton 1922 Family History Compiled by Lucy Henderson Horton
Hudson-Mohawk 1911 Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs
Hume 1903 History of the Hume Family 
Jennings 1899 A Genealogical History of the Jennings Families in England
Jepson 1917 A History & Genealogy of the Descendants of John Jepson
Kauffman 1940 A Genealogy and History of the Kauffman-Coffman Families of North America, 1584 to 1937
Keene 1923 Keene Family History and Genealogy
Kemper 1899 Genealogy of the Kemper Family in the United States
Kuykendall 1919 History of the Kuykendall Family Since Its Settlement in Dutch New York
Lawrence 1847 A Genealogical Memoir of the Family of John Lawrence
Lewis 1893 Genealogy of the Lewis Family in America
Lincoln 1923 History of the Lincoln Family: An Account of the Descendants of Samuel Lincoln
Loughry 1924 A Brief Genealogy of the Loughry Family of Pennsylvania
Loveland 1894 Genealogy of the Loveland Family in the United States of America
Marshall 1885 The Marshall Family
Marshall, Green, Huddleston, Armistead, Taylor, Pickett 1911 The Marshall Family
Maxwell, Allen, Bachiler 1916 Maxwell History and Genealogy: Including the Allied Families
McNary 1907 McNary Family with Trees and History- Page 21
Meriwether 1892 The Meriwether and Their Connections: A Family Record
Millers, Simmons 1993 The Miller and Simmons Families: Genealogy and History
Mitchell 1885 The Genealogy of the Mitchell Family of Martinsville, Indiana
Monnett 1911 Monnett Family Genealogy: An Emphasis of a Noble Huguenot Heritage
Montgomery 1863 A Genealogical History of the Family of Montgomery
Pelton 1892 Genealogy of the Pelton Family in America
Pomeroy 1958 History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family and Collateral Lines, England, Ireland, America; Comprising the Ancestors and Descendants of George Pomeroy of Pennsylvania
Prentice/Prentiss 1883 The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, Or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc., from 1631 to 1883
Rice 1900 Genealogical and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia
Ricks 1908 History and Genealogy of the Ricks Family of America
Riggs 1901 Genealogy of the Riggs Family
Semple 1888 Genealogical History of the Family Semple from 1214 to 1888
Scripps 1903 A Genealogical History of the Scripps Family and Its Various Forms
Scruggs, Briscoe, Dial, Dunklin, Leake, Price 1912 Scruggs Genealogy: With a Brief History of the Allied Families Briscoe, Dial, Dunklin, Leake and Price
Seaton 1906 The Seaton Family, with Genealogy and Biographies
Snyder, Schneider 1910 History of the Family of Snyder (Schneider) (Snider)
Tennant 1915 Genealogy of the Tennant Family
Trowbridge 1908 The Trowbridge Genealogy: History of the Trowbridge Family
Tuley 1906 The Tuley Family Memoirs
Tyrrell, Terrell 1909 Further Genealogical Notes on the Tyrrell-Terrell Family
Washington 1900 Genealogy of the Washington Family
Wheeler 1914 The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family
Whittelsey 1898 Genealogy of the Whittelsey-Whittlesey Family
Williams 1847 The Genealogy and History of the Family of Williams
Witherspoon 1910 Genealogy of the Witherspoon Family
Woodsons 1915 Historical Genealogy of the Woodsons and Their Connections
Yale 1850 The Yale Family: Or the Descendants of David Yale