Project: Kentucky

Categories: Kentucky | Kentucky Project | Kentucky Projects | Kentucky History | Volunteers Needed

This project is under the umbrella of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Kentucky Project
The Commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted into the Union as the 15th state on June 1, 1792, splitting from Virginia in the process. It's capital is Frankfort, and its largest city is Louisville.

These tabs are easy access to the pages :

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all Kentucky related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.

Kentucky Counties
Adair Allen Anderson Ballard Barren Bath Bell Boone
Bourbon Boyd Boyle Bracken Breathitt Breckinridge Bullitt Butler
Caldwell Calloway Campbell Carlisle Carroll Carter Casey Christian
Clark Clay Clinton Crittenden Cumberland Daviess Edmonson Elliott
Estill Fayette Fleming Floyd Franklin Fulton Gallatin Garrard
Grant Graves Grayson Green Greenup Hancock Hardin 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


How to Join

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Kentucky or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

Are you interested in the Kentucky Project?united_states.gif

Answer the Kentucky G2G welcome post and you will be awarded the United States Project badge. Make sure to include the what you are interested in.

Add united_states and Kentucky to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.

For a full list of participants in the Kentucky Project, see the Kentucky Project Membership Page.

Please see our list of goals and tasks below for ways you can help.

(Thanks are due to Cheryl Caudill for her contributions to this project as former Project Coordinator.)


  • Only add the project box if the profile is managed by the Kentucky Project profile account. Otherwise add the sticker.
  • The Project Box goes above the == Biography == heading, ALL OTHER STICKERS GO UNDER == Biography == HEADING!

The template is {{United States|sub-project=Kentucky}} which will give you:

... ... ... is a part of Kentucky history.
Join: Kentucky Project
Discuss: Kentucky

The above template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project.

It is not for every single person from Kentucky. The following sticker might be used in that circumstance, placing it below the Biography Header:

Kentucky Sticker Directions
Deceased persons {{Kentucky Sticker}}
... ... ... was a Kentuckian.
Living Persons {{Kentucky Sticker|living=y}}
... ... ... is a Kentuckian.

Misson & Goals

  • The purpose of this project is to consolidate all Kentucky-related sub-projects, free space pages, and resources, both internal and external, in one place.
  • The overall goals of the United States Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in the state of Kentucky. To meet these goals:

Task List

  1. Add Kentucky-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
    1. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
    2. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
    3. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
    4. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.
  2. See the Kentucky State Maintenance Category "Needs" categories
    1. Needs GEDCOM Cleanup If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
    2. Needs Biography: Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
    3. Needs Profiles Created: Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
    4. Needs More Records: Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
      1. Unsourced Profiles
      2. Needs Birth Record
      3. Needs Marriage Record
      4. Needs Death Record

List of Things to Do

  1. Need space pages created and developed for Kentucky counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project?
  2. If you have any Kentucky state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Kentucky Resources Page.
  3. If you live in Kentucky, please consider adding Kentucky Research Assistance to your Wikitree profile page.
  4. County pages need created or updated.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in Kentucky need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Kentucky Cemeteries Project
  2. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Kentucky. See the Homesteaders Project
  3. Help develop the Appalachia Project with information about Kentucky Appalachian residents.
  4. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Kentucky state tribes.
  5. Help develop the US Black Heritage Project with information about Kentucky slaves and slave owners.
  6. Work on Kentucky's unconnected and Kentucky's unsourced profiles.
  7. Create new profiles for people of Kentucky who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  8. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Kentucky, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  9. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Kentucky in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.


  1. Work on Kentucky unconnected and unsourced profiles.
  2. Work on for profiles in Kentucky, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.

Town and County Projects

Kentucky Related Categories on WikiTree

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree

WikiTree has many projects whose work overlaps Kentucky, and with whom we can collaborate to help build a better Kentucky database. Some examples are listed below. If you are already working with one of these projects and want to focus your work on Kentucky, please let us know. If you are already focused on Kentucky, but haven't found a direction for your research, reach out to one of the projects listed here (and let us know if you think of one that could be added!).

  • The Appalachia Project covers all areas designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission, including 54 Kentucky counties. If you have Appalachian roots or are interested in the culture, you might find a home here.
  • The Cemeterist Project works to build the cemeteries database on WikiTree. Many cemeteries in Kentucky still need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles.
  • Early Kentucky Stations, Forts, and Camps Forts are linked to the Wikitree profiles of the men who established them/
  • Kentucky Patriots Revolutionary War Patriots Who Made Kentucky Their Home; with Links to Their Wikitree Profile. Patriot Heroines are in Bold.
  • The Homesteaders Project is interested in profiles for those who obtained land grants for westward expansion in 1862. If you are interested in Kentucky emigrants who were part of this movement, check it out!
  • The Native Americans Project needs help with developing information about Kentucky state tribes.
  • The Military and War Project has several ways to participate. You could benefit Kentucky by:
  • The One Name Studies Project can help you find out if any of your ancestors' surnames already have a project you can participate in. You can develop a sub-page specifically for those in Kentucky.
  • The One Place Studies Project will set you up with templates for building a study of your favorite Kentucky location.
  • The US Black Heritage Project works on researching and connecting freedmen, slaves and slave owners. Can you help build the project in Kentucky?

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