Welcome to Kentucky Trails

A Part of Genealogy Trails

History & Genealogy

My name is Cathy Schultz, and I am your Kentucky state host.  Our goal at Genealogy Trails is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. We welcome your feedback and comments, and of course, your data contributions. If you have data that you would like to have posted on this website, please contact us.

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HATFIELD ~ McCOY FEUD

 

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Frankfort is the capital.
At the left is the State Capital Building

 


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CARTER COUNTY is now hosted by STEPHANIE LYONS.  Check out her site and feel free to share your data!! 


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**** Kentucky's Name *****

Kentucky comes from a native word but no one is precisely sure which one. It may come from a Cherokee word "Kentahteh" meaning "land of tomorrow" or "meadow land". One legend states that the word means "dark and bloody ground".

**** Kentucky History ****

Kentucky was used as sacred hunting grounds by roving bands of Shawnee and others. As early as 1750 there were no known permanent Native settlements. After 1770, settlers from Virginia and North Carolina came through the Cumberland Gap, and Kentucky grew rapidly as the first settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains were founded.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville between 1784 and 1792. In 1790, Kentucky's delegates accepted Virginia's terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union and Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth Of Kentucky.

While remaining loyal to the Union, Kentucky was a border state during the American Civil War. The state did not secede, and was officially neutral until a new legislature took office on August 5, 1861 with strong Union sympathies. The Confederates entered the state during the "Kentucky Campaign" of Generals Braxton Bragg and Edmund Kirby Smith in 1862. Bragg's retreat following the Battle of Perryville left the state under the control of the Union Army for the remainder of the war. The state then abandoned neutrality, and publicly sided with the Union. Southern sympathizers attempted to establish an alternative state government with the goal of secession but failed to displace the legitimate government in Frankfort.


 

Kentucky Counties
ADAIR ALLEN ANDERSON BALLARD

BARREN

BATH
BECKHAM BELL BOONE

BOURBON

(HOSTED)

BOYD BOYLE
BRACKEN BREATHITT BRECKINRIDGE BULLITT BUTLER (HOSTED) CALDWELL
CALLOWAY CAMPBELL CARLISLE CARROLL     CARTER     (HOSTED) CASEY
CHRISTIAN CLARK CLAY CLINTON CRITTENDEN CUMBERLAND
DAVIESS EDMONSON (HOSTED) ELLIOTT ESTILL FAYETTE FLEMING
FLOYD FRANKLIN FULTON GALLATIN GARRARD GRANT
GRAVES GRAYSON (HOSTED) GREEN GREENUP HANCOCK

HARDIN

(HOSTED)

HARLAN HARRISON HART HENDERSON HENRY HICKMAN
HOPKINS JACKSON JEFFERSON JESSAMINE JOHNSON KENTON
KNOTT KNOX LARUE LAUREL LAWRENCE LEE
LESLIE LETCHER LEWIS LINCOLN LIVINGSTON LOGAN
LYON MADISON MAGOFFIN MARION MARSHALL MARTIN
MASON MCCRACKEN MCCREARY MCLEAN MEADE MENIFEE
MERCER METCALFE MONROE MONTGOMERY MORGAN

MUHLENBERG

NELSON NICHOLAS OHIO OLDHAM OWEN OWSLEY
PENDLETON PERRY PIKE POWELL PULASKI ROBERTSON
ROCKCASTLE ROWAN RUSSELL SCOTT

SHELBY

SIMPSON
SPENCER TAYLOR TODD TRIGG TRIMBLE UNION
WARREN WASHINGTON WAYNE WEBSTER WHITLEY WOLFE
WOODFORD          
 
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Kentucky Facts

Statehood - June 1, 1792
Origin of Name - Nickname - Bluegrass State
Capital - Frankfort
Motto - United We Stand, Divided We Fall
Bird - Cardinal
Animal - Gray Squirrel
Horse - Thoroughbred
Fish - Kentucky Bass
Insect - Viceroy butterfly
Flower - Goldenrod
Tree - Kentucky coffee tree
Mineral - Freshwater pearl
Soil - Crider soil series
Fossil - Brachiopod


 

 

 

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