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Carter County, Kentucky
Genealogy Research Website
Carter County was formed in 1838 from Greenup and Lawrence counties.
Carter County was named for Colonel William Grayson Carter,
who was a State Senator in the Kentucky legislature when the county was formed.
The county seat, Grayson, was named for his uncle, Colonel Robert Grayson.
The elevation of the county ranges from 542 to 1300 feet above sea level.
In 2010, the county population was 27,462 in a land area of 411 square miles, an average of 69 people per square mile.
The Appalachians may be the most ancient mountains on the earth. They formed some 460 million years ago
and are believed to have been the highest mountains ever to have existed (over 30,000 feet).
The limestone of Carter County originated as living coral reefs surrounding an island archipelago in the ancient Kanty Ocean.
The islands became part of North America as the sea was closed by the African tectonic plate during the creation of the super-continent, Pangaea.
Our region lay very close to earth's equator during this period. Over the past 290 million years, advancing glacial ice sheets pressed down
on the land north of the Ohio River many times. The glaciers never reached East Kentucky.
Carter County is a land of forests, creeks and Appalachian foothills. The Appalachian Mountains are the rain forest of North America.
Our ecosystem is one of the most diverse on the continent, home of nearly eighty species of trees.
Many Native American tribes refused to climb the higher peaks in the Appalachians. They considered those heights sacred.
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Transcribed Records and Document Images
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Audio and Video Recordings and Transcriptions
Bible & Church Records
Court Records & SSN Applications
Death Certificates and Ledgers
Deeds & Leases
Letters, Journals, Ledgers, Diaries and Biographies - The journals are a "must read"!
Military - Rosters, Histories and Local Feuds.
Miscellaneous Items - Lists of Names and Other Historical Material
School Lists and Yearbooks
Research Aids and Material of Local Interest
Books to Buy or Read
Carter County Archives - Births, Biographies, Census, Deeds, Diaries, Marriage Records, Tax Lists, Obituaries and more!
Denton, Ky. Genealogy and History
Document Interpretation and other resources
Links to Nearby Counties
Maps, Aerial photos and Location Finder
Reunion Page - Upcoming Carter County reunions.
Relationship Chart - Ever wonder if that person is your second cousin three times removed or your third cousin twice removed?
Weather & WUGO links
Carter County Music and Videos This will make your day!
The Native American "Original Peoples" of the Carter County Region
When the people who we call Native Americans came to this place, they entered a hemisphere of the planet earth on which no human footstep had ever fallen.
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