Genealogy & Local History

Lincoln County Oral History

Genealogy Search Request

Genealogy Research Policy

Lincoln County Courthouse Records

The following Lincoln County Courthouse records are available digitally via

Lincoln County, Kentucky County Court order books, 1781-1919
Marriage records, 1781-1961
Probate records, 1781-1959; index, 1781-1865, 1889-1924, 1781-1924
Rule docket/order book, 1786-1792
Deeds, 1780-1866; indexes, 1780-1955
Kentucky Records
Hertiage Quest Online Discover your roots
HeritageQuest Online

A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. Southeast

Search historical newspapers from across the Southeast region (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, TN, VA, WV) in the library or from home with your library card number.

Kentucky Digital Library

KDL collections relate to Kentucky history and culture and have a broad appeal on geographic, content and study levels. Featured materials are not widely available and are often unique. Kentucky archivists and librarians add collections based on their evaluation of the materials’ appeal and appropriateness.

Ancestry Library edition
Ancestry Library Edition

A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Available while utilizing the library’s internet connection.

Interior Journal Newspaper
The Interior Journal

Access The Interior Journal Newspapers for all available years. This full-text searchable database from is available in the library.

KY Gen Web

The Lincoln County KYGenweb Project invites you to use these Lincoln County genealogy notes and data in your genealogy research and perhaps share the research you might have with fellow Lincoln County researchers.

KY Historical Society

Here you can discover resources related to over two hundred years of Kentucky history. Resources include archival collection finding aids and digitized materials selected from the Kentucky Historical Society’s archival and library collections, sound recordings from the Kentucky Oral History Commission and more.


The following materials are available on microfilm in the library:

  • Interior Journal 1872-2008
  • Draper Manuscripts, Kentucky Papers
  • Kentucky Agriculture & Manufacturing Census 1850-1880
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for City of Stanford 1886-1929
  • Index to Citizens  & Freedmen of the Cherokee Tribe

Kentucky Room

Start your genealogy and local history search here.

Start your local history and genealogy research in the Kentucky Room at the library.  Nonfiction materials related to Kentucky folktales, ghost stories, people, trees, and wildlife can be found here.  Genealogy resources include:

  • Family files
  • Obituary file
  • Books related to Genealogy & KY History
  • Interior Journal on Microfilm & Online
  • Lincoln County High School Yearbooks
  • Magazines: Kentucky Explorer, Kentucky Living
  • Lincoln County Oral History

Materials related to genealogy, Kentucky history, Kentucky biographies, ghost stories, cookbooks, etc., can be found in the Kentucky Room.

Search our catalog for Genealogy materials.

Some key Lincoln Co. resources for genealogists:
  • Westward into Kentucky
  • Early Lincoln Co History
  • Benjamin Logan, Kentucky Frontiersman
  • Lincoln Co Records Vol. I-III
  • Buffalo Springs Cemetery Books
  • Archaeological Investigations at Logan’s Fort
  • Marriage Indexes
  • Lincoln County High School Yearbooks

Family Files and Histories: The vertical files contain over 800 family surnames.  Many Family Histories have been gifted to LCPL. They can be found by searching the online catalog under the name of the family, for example, “Fox Family”.

Obituary Card File: Catalog of obituaries from The Interior Journal.

The following items are available for purchase:
  • Marriages 1780-1850 & Tombstone Inscriptions – $12
  • Marriages 1850-1900 & 1850 Census – $15
  • Mrs. Dunn’s Early Lincoln County History – $10
  • Historic Homes of Lincoln County – $5
  • The Great Settlement Map – $5

Please ask at the circulation desk.  Books can be mailed.  Please add $3.00 for postage for each book.  6% sales tax will be added.

Local photographer Lanny Hubbard has published several pictorial histories focused on the area. You can purchase his work here.

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