Kentucky History

Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792, becoming the first US state west of the Appalachian Mountains. Before 1750, Kentucky was populated nearly exclusively by Cherokee, Chickasaw, Shawnee, Yuchi, Mosopelea, and several other tribes of Native Americans.

By understanding Kentucky history, family researchers understand where their Kentucky ancestors might have lived. This knowledge assists with knowing which county records most likely contain the necessary vital records. 

Our ancestors had many options for arriving in Kentucky. Some paths were more dangerous than others.

Fort Boonesborough was settled by Daniel Boone, who walked from North Carolina to Madison County Kentucky. Take the journey with him on videos in a modern day Kentucky.

See how Kentucky went from 9 counties to 120 counties - just like that.

A gift to newlyweds in early Kentucky was a log cabin.

In 1780, early Kentucky pioneers entered Fayette County so quickly it inflated the land prices.

Littell's Law Books contain rich details about what our ancestors were doing in the early years of Kentucky.

We have collected over 80 examples of family histories and genealogy that you can use as a resource for your research or learn how to write a compelling family history.

Fort Boonesborough is Kentucky's second oldest European-American settlement. Early Kentucky settlers met at Fort Boonesborough to establish a local government. Judge Richard Henderson, promoter of the Transylvania Company held the meeting.