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What's New at Wayne Co KYGenWeb?

What's New at Wayne Co KYGenWeb?

Jan 12, 2012 - Rootsweb has decided to Move the Social Security Death Index away from their Free site to their paid site. We have been able to locate another Free source for the SS Index on I hope you find this link helpful. SS Death Index.

Sept 6, 2011 - I hope everyone had a safe Labor Day weekend this year.
NEW! Wayne County Probate Records 1801 - 1971. An offsite link to actual scans of Wayne County
Administrator Bonds, Appraisals-Inventories, Guardian Bonds, Guardian Settlements, & Will Records.

I've just added several new researchers to the Wayne County Surname Registry.
Check it out, you may find someone researching one of your own surnames!

Feb 10, 2011 - 1930 Census has been updated with the transcription of the Magistrate District 2-North Part.

Jan 16, 2011 - NEW info listed for War of 1812 Soldiers from Wayne County, KY.
Surname Registry has been updated. New info listed in Wayne Co Archives for Simpson family.

Sept 6, 2010 - NEW listing of War of 1812 Soldiers from Wayne County, KY.
Names added to Rocky Branch School photo dated abt 1919.

May 14, 2010 - New Reunions and other events posted.  Additional marriage info contributed.

April 13, 2010 - Link to African American Griots web site updated.
New Reunions and other events posted.

February 7, 2010 - Updated link to NEW Wayne County, KY Historical Society web site.
The Dodson Reunion that was to be held in April has been cancelled. Updated the Surname Registy.

October 18, 2009 - Just updated some offsite links to churches, marriages, and obituaries.

October 2, 2009 - Lots of small updates over the summer.
Just added lots of obits from spring of 2002.

June 13, 2009 - A big thank you goes out to Betty Whitehill for submitting her transcriptions of Wayne County marriages that took place between 1811 and 1833. This is an alphabetical listing of both brides and grooms.  Betty Whitehill also has a new book available, The Bertram Genealogy with Allied Families.  Be sure to read about her new book on our publications For Sale page.

The Kennedy Historical Museum of Wayne County is offering a new service to help people wishing to purchase grave markers for their ancestors and loved ones at a reasonable price.  Please see their web site for more information about their Remember Me program.

Recently many groups have decided to move their online information from Rootsweb servers because they do not like the banners at the top of our web pages. This has caused many broken links on our Wayne County site.  Please note that this web site has been at this same web address for over 10 years. Rootsweb/Ancestry offers FREE web space to groups wishing to place genealogy information online. Their only request is that we now display their banner at the top of our web pages. All though we don't care for the banners, I do not feel this is a serious enough problem to move this web site. We still have free, unlimited server space and the content of this page remains the property of those who submitted the information to Wayne County KYGenWeb.  Thank you for your patience while I work to fix these broken links.

May 25, 2009 - Our home page has a new look, many new links have been added and some of the old have been updated. New ways to submit your information to Wayne County KYGenWeb. If you find a broken link, please let me know.

January 10, 2009 - Happy New Year!  I hope all of you had a wonderful and safe holiday season.  And aren't we glad it's over! <grin>
Normally I hear from lots of folks over the holidays.  Usually it's those who don't use a computer on their own, but are visiting family who have shown them our Wayne County KYGenWeb site.  They haven't begun working on their own family history as yet and had no idea they could access this type of information on the web.  Isn't it wonderful that they can and everything here on KYGenWeb is  FREE access! 
For those of you who are new to our site, don't miss our Where do I begin? page.
Our Surname Registry has been updated for January.  This is a page where you can list your name and email address under the surnames your are interested in researching and would like to hear from others researching the same names.
I'm adding a new section to Wayne County's web site this year...a reference topic page.  The first two topics to be added are an explanation on Bastardy Bonds and Old Tax List information.  If any of you would care to write a column on a particular topic, we would love to hear from you.
**Important note:  Some of you may have been concerned when the banner began appearing at the top of our web pages.  Let me assure you that this banner is only there because Ancestry has given us free web space for our Wayne County site and they now require that we acknowledge this with their banner.  We are not apart of nor will we be in the future. 

September 27, 2008 - Surname Registry has been updated. Several links have been updated.

June 28, 2008 - Surname Registry has been updated.  Due to some personal health problems, we won't have a lot of updates this summer.

April 22, 2008 - We've added some old photos of the Burnside, KY area as it was being flooded back in the early 1950's. Great photos..a must see!

February 12, 2008 - A list of 46 Wayne County's Rev War pensioners has been added.
Surname Registry has been updated.

January 26, 2008 - We've added a new link to Correll family research
and the Surname Registry has been updated.

January 19, 2008 - Happy New Year! We have added some new pictures, deed, and penions files this month.
We have added new researchers to the Surname Registry.

November 4, 2007 - A new page has been added that includes various links to Wayne County, KY cemeteries. Surname Registry has been updated.

August 12, 2007 - Surname Registry has been updated. We are currently working on getting McCreary County Cemeteries online.

August 12, 2007 - We now have the 1840 Wayne County census online thanks to Don Rubarts!
The Surname Registry has been updated.

July 23, 2007 - Surname Registry and Family web pages have been updated.

Dec 22, 2006 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Wayne County KYGenWeb!
A holiday gift for you!
The Surname Registry has been updated.

Nov 4, 2006 - Veteran's Day is November 11th! Be sure to check out our many links to sites providing information on our Wayne County soldiers.
Check out our Look-Ups page. Nora Hickam has volunteered to do Revolutionary War and Patriot look-ups for us. Be sure to thank her when using her services.
Don't forget the Wayne County KYGenWeb site. We are always looking for new photos and information. The KYGenWeb site is separate from the Archives site.

Oct 15, 2006 - The Wayne County KYGenWeb is back up and running again! Thank you for your patience. If you had submitted info while I was off-line, you might send me a reminder now...just in case it was lost.
Doug Blevins has written a wonderful article on the history of Wayne County's beloved Doughboy.
More photocopies and transcribed death certificates have been added to the Kentucky Vital Records project.

Sept 24, 2006 - Just a quick computer crashed on Aug 7th and I am just now getting back online. Thank you for your patience. I hope to have this site running again soon. Marilyn Fisher

July 15, 2006 - Wayne County KYGenWeb has a new look! I've added some new pages, cleaned up some old links, and tried to reorganize as best I could. I'd like to hear from you like it, what don't you like, do you hate it, are you finding broken links? As always, your comments are appreciated.

July 9, 2006 - On July 4th we celebrated our independance and honored our Rev War ancestors by contributing information about them to this site.
Surname Registry has been updated.
The Wayne County KYGenWeb is preparing for a "face-lift". Please notify the webmaster of any broken links.

April 8, 2006 - We are looking for people who live in Wayne County and who would be willing to do look-ups at the Court House on occasion. Contact Marilyn if you are interested in helping. The Death Records feature has been updated to include everything from personal diaries to online obituaries. Eileen Mullins has contributed the Bell family history as written by Rev. George E. Bell. Anna Bertram has contributed several new pictures in our Photo Album. The Surname Page has been updated with new researchers. I'm in the process of setting up a new Genealogy Lost & Found page. A place where you can list family items that you would like to return to the original family or where you might list an item that is missing.

March 29, 2006 - Lots of new family photos in our Photo Album including The family of Wm. Shelby Coffey Frost.

Jan 29, 2006 - Family Tree DNA Testing - Has your genealogy research come to a dead end? Have you tried DNA testing in an attempt to break down that brick wall? If you or someone in your Wayne County family tree has been tested to connect them to others with the same surname, we would like to create a list of those projects in a centralized location.
Wayne County KYGenWeb does not endorse nor is it testing DNA. We are merely listing projects going on within our county.

Jan 21, 2006 - Four new web pages have been added: School Daze in Wayne County, KY - Various class photos 1905-1930, Dr. Pylap Medekle, Herb Doctor, Bell Hill Church Baptism, and Roberts - Gregory group photo. All are listed in the Photo Album. Eileen Mullins has updated 30 cemeteries with new information.

Jan 1, 2006 - Happy New Year! Several items have been updated this winter. Marriage transcriptions for the year 1863 have been added. A huge "Thank You" to Linda Murtaugh for all of her hard work!
The Surname page has been updated for Beck, Carr/Kerr, Dishman, Hancock, Morris, Mounce & Winchester. New photo of Elza Bertram and Bertram/Butram family history written in 1939 has been added.

October 2, 2005 - Events and Family Reunions have been updated for October. A news article published in The Outlook back in 1910 has been added.

August 21, 2005 - I hope you're having a great summer! Several pages have been updated including Family Genealogies, Surnames, and Reunions.

July 17, 2005 - We have some new Gregory and Anderson photos submitted by Andrea Anderson West.
There is a new district added to the 1930 Census transcription page. Surnames and Brickwall pages have been updated.

July 4, 2005 - Happy 4th of July! New districts have been added to the 1930 Wayne County census transcriptions. Thank you to our transcription volunteers for their time commitment and hard work.
Bill Ramsey has submitted copies of documents he found while researching in Randolph Co, MO.
Many former Wayne Countians were found on a petition made to the county court there in 1831.
Several family reunions and events added, click here for a list.
New book added in the Classified Ads - "Elk Spring Cemetery, A Garden of Memories" lists nearly 7,000 burials in Wayne County's largest cemetery.

April 20, 2005 - I've added a new web link to the partial transcription of "Draper's Manuscripts". These are "Copies of Depositions Taken in Land Suits in Kentucky Between 1794 - 1824". I've added a few family reunions and genealogy events coming up. And the Surname Registry has been updated.

Feb 24, 2005 - Brickwalls, Reunions, Surname Registry, and Family Genealogy pages have been updated.

Feb 9, 2005 - The 1930 Wayne County online census has been updated. I've just added part 1 of District 2 South.
This is a large district and it is being typed by 3 people.
Linda Murtaugh has just submitted her transcriptions of the the 1861 and 1862 marriage bonds.

Jan 3, 2005 - Happy New Year! We now have 7 districts from the 1930 Wayne Co, KY census online!

Nov 17, 2004 - We've added a few pictures of veterans to our Wall of Honor. Linda Murtaugh has submitted her marriage record transcriptions for 1876 thru 1879. Several cemeteries have been updated, look for those that read "updated 11-10-2004".

Nov 8, 2004 - Linda Murtaugh has again donated her marriage record transcriptions for the years 1872, 1873, 1874, and 1875. Surname Registry has been updated.
Nov. 11th is Veterans Day! Read about some of our Wayne County Veterans here.

Oct 22, 2004 - Linda Murtaugh has generously donated her transcriptions of the marriage records for the years: 1868, 1869, 1870, and 1871.
The Civil War page has been updated with new links to the Mill Springs Battlefield Assoc. and to the Soldiers and Sailors System. The CWSS site has completed their Name Index with 6.3 million records from 44 states.
The surname registry and some cemetery info has been updated.
Several family photos have been donated and will be online soon.

Sept 17, 2004 - We are now offering a link to the 1790 Census of Kentucky. Transcribed by Don Rubarts and Suzanne Yelton Shephard, this is the census for the entire state as it existed in 1790. In 1790 Wayne Co. was part of then Lincoln Co. and McCreary Co. was part of the Indian Lands. Their web site includes a map showing how the counties were laid out in 1790 and today. This is an off-site link, use your "Back" button to return to Wayne Co. KYGenWeb.

Aug 27, 2004 - Latest project for Wayne Co KYGenWeb in the transcription of the diaries of the late Rev. George E. Bell. For decades he was the minister of Bell Hill Baptist Church. From about 1905 until his death in 1962, Rev. Bell recorded the death dates of many people from Wayne Co, KY. For a sneak preview click here.
Surname Registry and Family Reunions have been updated.

Aug 8, 2004 - Over 300 new or corrected names have been added to Wayne Co, KY Cemeteries. Why not take time to submit your info! Brick Walls, Surnames, and Family Reunions have been updated.

July 20, 2004 - Several new links added. KY African - American Griots. Called griot's (gree-oh) in Africa, it was their role to pass on their tribes history from one generation to the next. New links to family genealogy pages including: Christal, Dugger, Duncan, Markham, Miller, Pemberton, and Smith. Also I've linked to info submitted by Linda Murtaugh pertaining to marriages that took place in Wayne Co, KY, but whose residence was listed as other than Wayne Co. Wayne Co, KY Family Reunions has been updated.

June 9, 2004 - On May 15th I attended the dedication of the new William Crenshaw Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Museum. Visit the Wayne County Historical Society at their new web site:
The Coffey's Wayne County, Kentucky Cemetery Book is now completely online. We will be making corrections and additions that have been submitted to us. If you wish to help update this online book, please send your information to: or use our handy "Add-A-Grave" form. Submissions will be added to the web site this summer.
I've made some additions to the Local News & Obits link. Now when you click on this link you will have the option of selecting The Wayne Co. Outlook, McCreary Record, Somerset Commonweath Journal, or the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Don't miss the Events and Family Reunion link for reunions held in June and July!

April 20, 2004 - We now have 410 Wayne Co, KY cemeteries online! There are only a handful left to be uploaded soon. We are now working on additions and corrections that have been sent in to us. Please write to us at if you have further cemetery information to share.
Linda (Shearer) Murtaugh who has done look-ups for Wayne Co for several years has recently contributed some Shearer family photos. These include pictures of her great-grandparents, Samuel Jenkins Shearer and Mary Bell Huffaker. Linda has also contributed some old church and school group pictures c. 1900 possibly taken in Shearer Valley of Wayne Co. If anyone can identify people in the pictures or name the church, please let us know.
There is a new website online that lists soldiers from Kentucky killed in WWI. I'll be adding a link to this site soon. In the mean time you can find it at: Please contact me if you have information to share regarding Wayne co soldiers.
The Surname Registry and Brickwall page have been updated.
BTW....Eileen (Livingston) Mullins and I, Marilyn (Gregory) Fisher will be in the Monticello area May 8 - 16. Drop me a line if you plan to be there the same week.
Along that same line, I'm sure many of you may be visiting Wayne Co for the first time. For your convenience I have added links to the Monticello Chamber of Commerce which lists motels and camping in the area. You'll find this link on the main page under "More about Wayne Co, KY and the Monticello area."
Think Spring!

March 7, 2004 - There is light at the end of the tunnel! Eileen Mullins and I have finished typing the last of The Wayne County, Kentucky Cemeteries Book! Most of the book is already online and we will be adding the last few sections over the summer. Thanks to all who have submitted additional information regarding the cemeteries. We can now concentrate on getting that information online as well.
Some additions have been made to the Brickwall page regarding surnames: Carter, Dabney, Dick, and Owens.
There is a NEW Kentucky Vital Records Index online! Currently this includes KY death records 1911-1999, but many other records will be added.

February 19, 2004 - There are now over 320 Wayne County cemeteries online! Only the Parnell and Powersburg quadrangles remain to be done. Once the entire book is online we will devote time to updating the cemeteries. We now have an online form called "Add-A-Grave" where you may send in new grave information or add family info about someone who is already listed in a cemetery. If you have a large amount of data to submit feel free to write at:

January 25, 2004 - There are several new entries on the Brickwall page. These are queries posted by people who have not been able to find their ancestor anywhere else and need your help.
Births recorded in Wayne County from 1911 to 1920 are online. I won't be adding the years 1921 to 1930 due to privacy concerns. I will do look-ups for those years.

January 6, 2004 - Happy New Year! We now have over 270 Wayne County cemeteries online!

December 4, 2003 - I've just added a link for two funeral homes located in Monticello, KY. Both sites list obits which may be helpful in your research.
We now have over 165 cemeteries online!

November 11, 2003 - It's Veteran's Day, take a veteran to lunch!
The month of October was spent working on the Wayne County Cemetery Project. We now have over 140 cemeteries online! We also visited the Wayne County area in Oct., visiting many of the old family cemeteries, taking pictures, and updating the list of graves of some. If you have cemetery photos or an updated cemtery list, please submit it to the project.
The Historical Society has moved into their new home. I will have a picture of their new home online soon.

September 10, 2003 - I've just added a new Wayne County, KY Churches page. Included on this site are members names from the Bethel Baptist Church minutes. Several more cemeteries added to the Cemetery Project. Lots of familiy reunions posted for Sept and Oct. A URL link has been added for the Wayne County Public Library under "Addresses".

August 24, 2003 - Lots of work being done on the new Wayne County, KY Cemetery Project. We've added about 30 more cemeteries to the web site including sections 7,8, & 9 of Elk Springs Cemetery, many from the Jabez and Bell Farm area. The Cemetery Index has been revamped and I've added the Name Index. Lots of family reunions listed this week. I've posted the names of some of Wayne County's old post offices. We're looking for pictures of the post offices. If you have some, please contact me.

July 13, 2003 - We have a new look, I hope you like it! Don Rubarts has transcribed the 1820 and 1830 Wayne Co census for us. There is a new link to the transcribed 1850 & 1860 Mortality Schedules - thanks Patti! Lots of new researchers added to the Surname Registry. There is a new link added to the Kentucky Rice Connection. Lots more family reunions have been posted. We also have some new pictures submitted to our photo album, check out our trip to the grave of Rev. War soldier Wm. Butram.

June 27, 2003 - Lots of family reunions added this week. Be sure to see if your family is listed! Look-Ups for the Wayne Co (1921-1930) (1911-1920 online) and McCreary Co Birth Indexes (1911-1930) now added. We have a couple of people who have offered to do look-ups in Monticello and Frankfort, KY. Their info will be listed soon. Contact them directly for a list of fees. New entries added to the Brick Wall page and Surname Registry. New Bryant Family photos added. New entries for the Cemetery Project.

June 2, 2003 - Don Rubarts has transcribed the 1820 Wayne Co, KY census including an index. Look for it under "Census Records". Our Cemetery Project now has 66 cemeteries online including sect 1 & 2 of Elk Spring Cemetery. Brick Wall query page has been updated. Check out the new family photos.

April 24, 2003 - Just added 30 more cemeteries to our online cemetery project and several new entries to our Brick Wall query page. Surname registry has been updated.

April 4, 2003 - Have begun uploading pages from The Wayne County, Kentucky Cemeteries Book. This project is going to take some time to complete. Eventually you all will be invited to submit additional notes, burial updates, and pictures to the site. In the mean time, if you have something you wish to contribute to the project now, write to me at for more info. The Surname Registry and Brick Walls site have been updated.

March 20, 2003 - Look-Up Page added (you no longer have to use the Message Board for look-ups). New photo of Asberry-Duvall family and a new Unknown (Gregory?) Ancestor added. Surname Registry and Brick Walls updated.

March 7, 2003 - New photo of the Asberry-Bertram family added to Photo Album. Brick Wall page updated. Research Links page cleaned-up.

Feb. 28, 2003 - UPDATE! The Wayne County, Kentucky Cemeteries Book by Bennie and Juanita Coffey is going ~Online! Yes you read correctly, I have been given permission to place the book online for your personal research only. With the assistance of Eileen Mullins and Wanda Gregory, I should have some of the cemeteries uploaded within a few weeks. Keep watching!!

Feb. 14, 2003 - New items added: Brick Walls a site to list those impossible-to-find ancestors. Monticello Post Office Celebrates 200 Years of Service submitted by Harlan Ogle find this under "Articles of Interest". Off-site link to some Wayne Co. marriages transcribed for years 1800-1920. Surname Registry updated.

Feb. 6, 2003 - The website has been given a slight face-lift. Links to the US 1880 Census, Ky Historical Markers, and The Wayne Co. Outlook have been added. A counter and a modification update were also added. Now visitors can see at-a-glance when the main page was last updated. Surname Registry was updated.

Jan. 10, 2003 - Marilyn (Gregory) Fisher became the new county coordinator for the Wayne Co. KYGenWeb site. Marilyn has been researching the Wayne Co. area since 1998. Her surnames are: Barrier (Byers), Bell, Gregory, Lewis, Roberts, and Slagle.
A BIG thank you to Jim Poore for the hard work he has put into the web site over the past few years.