Henry and Shelby Counties, Kentucky
Genealogy and History

For now, just isolated notes.

The histories and families of the adjacent counties of Henry and Shelby in Kentucky are so closely interwoven, I am combining them in one page. That combined history is particularly important regarding the Low Dutch Company. However, Henry and Shelby are, of course, now governmentally separate. Historical/genealogical organizations, publications and other research resources are also separate for each county. Also closely allied historically are the counties of Oldham, Trimble and Jefferson (Louisville).

Research - Resources


Looks like gap in online index coverage from 1900 to 1972.

Early original marriage records have been discarded. They were deteriorating and were transcribed.

Marriages to 1850 have been published in book form many years ago.

Kentucky marriages are available online in the following Ancestry.com collections:

Henry Co. marriages are available online at familysearch.org in "old" IGI - I do not know what the coverage of years is.

Henry Co. marriages are available online at "new" "pilot" familysearch.org Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 The "coverage table" does not show coverage years by county, only a total record count by county for 1785-1979. That count for Henry County is 4,774 (March 2011). Offhand, it looks like Henry Co. doesn't go past about 1910; the cutoff may be mid-1908, coinciding with microfilm (see below).

Following available via LDS microfilm. Not clear if indexes are included:

Title Marriage records, 1800-1962
Authors Henry County (Kentucky). Clerk of the County Court (Main Author)

Note Location
1861-1866 FHL US/CAN Film
1866-1872 FHL US/CAN Film
1872-1877 - Beginning in April 1875 certificates are filled out FHL US/CAN Film
1877-1883 FHL US/CAN Film
1883-1890 FHL US/CAN Film
1890-1898 FHL US/CAN Film
1898-1904 FHL US/CAN Film
1904-1908 FHL US/CAN Film
1908-1911 FHL US/CAN Film
1901-1914 - 1901-1911 are duplicate books FHL US/CAN Film
1918-1933 FHL US/CAN Film
1933-1942 (Beginning in 1939 "Colored" marriages are mixed with the others. FHL US/CAN Film
1942-1962 FHL US/CAN Film
Colored, 1866-1875 (Bonds only) FHL US/CAN Film
Colored, 1875-1901 FHL US/CAN Film
Colored, 1901-1918 (1914-1918 not indexed) FHL US/CAN Film
Colored, 1918-1938 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1800-1809 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1809-1810 - Two from 1811 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1811-1816 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1816-1819 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1819-1820 FHL US/CAN Film
Loose papers, 1821-1842 - Includes some returns FHL US/CAN Film


The 1850, 1860 and 1870 censuses for Henry County were transcribed and published in booklet form many years ago (i.e. pre-internet). Now, indexes and page images of those and other censuses are available online at services such as FamilySearch, Heritage Quest (head of household only) and Ancestry.com.




(TBA: Kentucky Death Index 1911-2000 at Rootsweb. Index and images at Ancestry.com.)



Cemeteries - Henry County

Burials in Henry County cemeteries have been transcribed and published in Cemeteries of Henry County, Kentucky; C. Price Meek; (date). Burials are listed alpha by surname, given name accompanied by birth/death dates, cemetery code and a sequential number within the cemetery. Includes a listing of cemetery names, coordinates and location descriptions. See Henry County Cemeteries - text format or Henry County Cemeteries - spreadsheet format (requires a spreadsheet program to be installed on your computer.)
Pleasureville aka "Low Dutch" Cemetery
Location: In "south" Pleasureville, turn onto Cemetery Rd which is directly across from the Pleasureville Post Office. It's a residential street. When you turn the first curve, you'll be facing the cemetery.

Cemeteries - Shelby County

There does not appear to be any published complete transcription. A few transcriptions are listed on the Shelby County USGenWeb site. There are a LOT of individual cemetery names listed, probably small family cemeteries.

Grove Hill is a major cemetery in Shelby County (458 Mount Eden Rd. (53), Shelbyville, 40065-8870, (502)633-2750)). Searchable burial database now (March 2011) online Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville : Online burial database As of March 2013, the database has about 15,000 burials. The Findagrave.com website shows about 12,700 of those burials as of March 2013 as well as other assorted burials in Henry and Shelby Counties.

Censuses - Shelby County

The 1850 census of Shelby County has been transcribed by volunteers. This is additional to the indexed versions at Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. The following link will take you to a directory listing of the transcription. It includes the every name index ("index.txt") and the transcription of the pages. The naming of the files containing the census page transcriptions appears odd, giving the appearance of gaps. However, the file name is just the number of the first page transcribed in the file. All census pages are included within those files and they are cross-referenced in the index.txt file. The page files contain all details shown on the original 1850 census pages. See Shelby Co. 1850 census index and transcription It has also been transformed into a gedcom file available at: Shelby Co. 1850 census as gedcom

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