Bullitt County History

Free Online Genealogical Resources

While there are several sources of genealogical data available online for a price, some organizations still freely place valuable data online. On this page we will try to identify some of these free sources, and suggest how to use them. This page will grow as we have time to add resources to it.

Elephind.com Historical Newspaper Search Engine

"Elephind is a great service that searches online digital newspaper collections. Best of all, it is available free of charge," according to Dick Eastman in his genealogy blog. To read what he has to say about it, follow this link. To visit the search engine site itself, follow this link.

Bullitt County Will Records 1823-1935

Links to Will Books A - K are available on this FamilySearch page.

Blank Family History Forms

Sometimes we need blank family history forms to write down our research. The Mid-Continent Public Library web site contains many useful blank forms in pdf format that can be easily printed out for your use.

Family Search Project

The Family Search project provides online access to a considerable amount of genealogical data.

The Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Collection provides records from that time span. Obviously not all births and christenings are listed, but many are. For example, there are 1,629 births and/or christenings listed for Bullitt County alone. Many of these records give the actual dates as well as the parents' names, and sometimes additional data.

The Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970 Collection includes 2,686 Bullitt County related deaths and burials records. For example, Lula Frances Houser was born in Mt. Washington on 26 Jul 1880 to Silas and Cassie (Hawes) Carter, married William Houser, and died in Cincinnati, Ohio on 17 Jan 1941. Although her death took place outside Bullitt County, she is included in this collection because she was born here. Many records include this amount of information.

The Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955 Collection provides date and place of death, and names of parents.

The Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979 Collection contains 8,706 Bullitt County marriage records. These marriage records frequently include the name of the parents of the bride and groom as well.

Find A Grave

The Find A Grave web site provides information about the graves of thousands of people. The site is sponsored by advertising, but the information is freely available.

Their search engine allows you to search for individuals by name, specifying their location by country, state, and county. You may also search for specific cemeteries to see the individuals buried there.

Be cautioned that not all burials are listed for each cemetery. This is a community effort with information added by individuals. While burials in some cemeteries are almost completely listed, others have only a handful of entries. Still this is a useful resource.

As examples, using the Cemetery Search page, we searched for Hebron Cemetery in Bullitt County and found that there are over 4,000 interments listed for this cemetery. A similar search for the Cedar Grove Cemetery turned up 108 interments listed; while the Mount Washington Cemetery listed 667 interments.

Sandi Gorin's Kentucky Biographies

Sandi Gorin, a noted South-Central Kentucky genealogist, maintains a message board on Rootsweb devoted to Kentucky biographies. Here she transcribes brief biographical sketches that contain references to folks who have Kentucky connections. A considerable number of these have Bullitt County connections.

To search these biographies, follow this link to the message board. To find biographies there that may have Bullitt County connections, Enter Bullitt in the Names or Keywords search window, select the button for Sandi Gorin's Kentucky Biographies, and then click the Search button. Currently you will get 110 results.

The First American West:
The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820

The University of Chicago Library and Filson Historical Society have combined to digitize a collection of original and secondary materials that focus on various elements of the history of the Ohio River Valley in the period of 1750-1820. If you have ancestors that fit in that category, go to their web site and use their search engine to hunt for mention of your ancestors.

Heritage Quest Online

Do you have a Bullitt County library card? If yes, then you have free access to Heritage Quest Online from the convenience of your own computer. Just go to the library web site or choose this link to go directly to their genealogy page. There you will find a link to Heritage Quest Remote Access. Choose that link and enter your library card number.

There you will find links to census records, a wealth of family and local histories, Revolutionary War era pension and bounty-land warrant applications, and much more.

Edith Blissett's Transcriptions of
The Bullitt Pioneer / Pioneer News newspapers from 1901-1924

Edith Blissett has performed a terrific service to people looking for their ancestors in the first quarter of the last century in Bullitt County. Her transcriptions of these newspapers are now available in pdf format from the Bullitt County Public Library web site, and are fully searchable with your favorite pdf reader.

To get started, follow this link to the index page, and select the year or years that you want to read.


If you, the reader, have an interest in any particular part of our county history, and wish to contribute to this effort, use the form on our Contact Us page to send us your comments about this, or any Bullitt County History page. We welcome your comments and suggestions. If you feel that we have misspoken at any point, please feel free to point this out to us.

The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 13 Jul 2015 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/freegenresources.html