Montgomery County Kentucky Genealogy

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Montgomery County, named for General Richard Montgomery, was formed from Clark County in 1797. It is located on the eastern edge of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. The current county seat, Mount Sterling, was established in 1793 as "Little Mountain Town" but the surveyor changed the name to Sterling. At one time there was a large Indian mound in the area -- the "little mountain".

Fires in 1851 and 1863 destroyed many records, including marriage records and circuit court records. County clerk records were in a different location and were saved. Some marriage records have been reconstructed based on other records.

Population: 19,561 (1990)
County seat: Mount Sterling
Elevation: 707 to 1447 feet above sea level


Montgomery County, Kentucky was created in 1797 from Clark County, Kentucky. The original County included some or all of the present Counties of Montgomery, Bath, Powell, Estill, Lee, Breathitt, Perry, Leslie, Harlan, Letcher, Pike, Floyd, Knott, Magoffin, Wolfe, Morgan, and Menifee. In 1800 part of the County was lost to Madison and part was lost to the creation of Floyd. In 1811 part of the County was lost to the creation of Bath. In 1816 land was lost to Estill. In 1818 land was lost to Floyd. In 1852 part of the County was lost to the creation of Powell. In 1869 part of the County was lost to the creation of Menifee County. For maps concerning the changes in Montgomery County see Kentucky Atlas of Historical County Boundaries edited by John H. Long, 1995. 


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Partial List of Interments in Machpelah Cemetery Montgomery County GenWeb Archives Old Queries
Mount Sterling Home Page Bill LaBach Genealogy Page Holly Hawkins Home Page
Montgomery County Political Graveyard GenCircles Some Early Kentucky Andersons
Census Indexes, 1810-1840 Local Weather Roots

The marriage records of Montgomery County, Kentucky were destroyed when Confederate forces burned the Courthouse in Mount Sterling in 1863. For this reason other records of marriages in this County are extremely important. Through the courtesy of Wanda Wells of Alton, Illinois we have the journals and marriage records of Rev. Joseph P. Howe available. He was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Mount Sterling and the Springfield Presbyterian Church in Bath County from 1795-1830. Go to Montgomery County Archives to read Howe files. Rev. Howe's funeral book is now on line. My John Anderson is in it. Maybe you will get lucky too.

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Montgomery County Bibliography and Lookups

Here is a list of publications that Montgomery County researchers have suggested may be useful. I also recommend you browse Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites for an extensive list of publications available through online vendors.

Publication Source More Info / Lookups Available
In Search of Morgan's Station
Harry G. Enoch
(published 1997; includes index, source citations and a listing of names from the 1797 Montgomery County tax rolls)
Heritage Books This is a wonderful book on the early history of the Bath and Montgomery county area, with a focus on events leading up to the Indian raid on Morgan's Station in 1793. The book covers the period from about 1750 to about 1798. Book Review.

No Lookup Volunteer at present.

 Kentucky Court and Other Records, Vol. 1: Early Wills & Marriages, Old Bible Records, and Tombstone Inscriptions by Mrs. William Breckenridge Ardery Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., price of book is $20.00 Lookup Volunteer is:

Laurese Herron

Thanks, Lorri

 Montgomery County Kentucky 1850 Census transcribed by Rowena Lawson  Heritage Books, Inc., out of print Lookup Volunteer is:

Ruth Coward Cunningham

Thanks, Ruth

If you own a useful publication and are willing to do lookups in it for others, tell me. However, if the publication is subject to copyright (and it probably is if it was published after 1921), I will ask you to send me a note that says that you are aware of copyright laws and will abide by them in any lookups you do. I can tell you some internet sites that give you some good info about copyright law if you want them. Send your info in an EMAIL message to Bill LaBach ( Please mention Montgomery County in your subject line. If you find any broken links on these pages please let me know.


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Offline Contacts in Montgomery County

Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Library, 241 W. Locust Street, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353; 606-498-2404

Montgomery County Historical Society, P.O. Box 861, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353

Montgomery County Clerk
Judy Long Witt
PO Box 414
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353-0414
Phone: (859) 498-8700
FAX: (859) 498-8729

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About the Kentucky GenWeb Project

In early 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.

At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. Bill LaBach is responsible for this county. Please contact him if you'd like to add to this data base. 


Bath County
Bourbon County
Breathitt County
Clark County
Estill County
Floyd County
Harlan County
Knott County
Lee County
Leslie County
Letcher County
Madison County
Magoffin County
Menifee County
Morgan County
Perry County
Pike County
Powell County
Wolfe County


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