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)
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.
LIST OF BOOKS ABOUT MONTGOMERY COUNTY Please let me know of any additional books which should be on this list.
Join the Montgomery County mailing list, the mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Montgomery County, Kentucky.
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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 Search.net|
(links to other Kentucky counties)
|KY GenWeb Archives||About the
|Kentucky Atlas & Gazetteer||Filson Club Historical Society||Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives|
|Kentucky Vacation Guide||Kentucky Vital Records||Kentucky Historical Society|
||The Library of Virginia
|Mt. Sterling - Montgomery County Library||Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
A widely used site
|Search the SS Death Index||National Archives Genealogy Page|
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
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
|Montgomery County Kentucky 1850 Census transcribed by Rowena Lawson||Heritage Books, Inc., out of print||Lookup
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.
kygenweb.net Send your info in an EMAIL message to Bill LaBach (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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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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
County Clerk 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.
LINKS TO COUNTIES
WHICH BORDER MONTGOMERY OR OBTAINED LAND WHICH USED TO BE PART OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Judy Long Witt
PO Box 414
Mt. Sterling, KY 40353-0414
Phone: (859) 498-8700
FAX: (859) 498-8729
GenWeb Links and
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.
LINKS TO COUNTIES WHICH BORDER MONTGOMERY OR OBTAINED LAND WHICH USED TO BE PART OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
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