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  Eastern State Hospital Cemetery Project

Directories, tax lists, etc.

1806 Lexington Directory

1838 Fayette Directory

1859 Lexington Directory

From Richard E. Stevens's Research Datasets (.xls):

1806 Directory
1818 Directory

1788 Tax List
Researching early KY tax lists: K. Adkinson
Bryan Station List
Siege of Bryan Station article
Kentucky Vital Records Index

Local images

Maps, places

History resources

Local online databases / indexes

     LPL = Lexington (KY) Public Library

LPL Newspaper Index: (1787- )
Lexington Cemetery
LPL Cemeteries Index
KY land patents, warrants & more 

Old Episcopal Third St Cemetery (218 entries)
Old Union Christian Church Cemetery
Boone's Creek Baptist Church/Athens Christian Church Cemetery
Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator
Duff's Funeral Notices
Fayette County Kentucky Biographies

African-American resources

Fayette Co's VA roots

County timeline

Military resources

Census Records 

The first surviving Kentucky census was the 1810. 

1810 Census Transcription
1820 Census Transcription

Index to the 1850 Fayette Ky Census

1860 Census index    

District 1 - Eastern Fayette County
District 2 - Western Fayette County City of Lexington - 1st Ward
City of Lexington - 4th Ward

1860 & 1870 mortality schedules

FamilySearch 1880 US census index

Inhabitants of the Lexington Children's Home from the 1900 Census - 3d Ward

Inhabitants of the Lexington Children's Home from the 1900 Census - 3d Ward

1930 census enumeration districts Microfilm T626-743

S-K Publications sells census materials and provides free online surname indexes. For Fayette County there are four:
1810; 1820; 1830; 1840

Family pages, documents, houses

Early Fayette estate records

Selected Fayette County, KY records

Other Fayette County data

A List of 1833 Cholera Deaths
1849 Cholera Deaths
Nancy Johnson Foley's Fayette County History Notes  

Fayette County Kentucky GenWeb Archives

Missing Apprentices, Indentured Servants 
Separation from Bed and Board  
Miscellaneous Advertisements
1931 Picadome H.S. Class List
Kentucky Divorces 1973-1993

Brian Harney's page includes the 1969 Lafayette and 1972 and 1974 Henry Clay high school yearbooks

The 1925 Kentuckian, Year Book of the University of KY from Kerry Kirk

Church, synagogue histories, etc.

Boone's Creek Baptist Church 1785-1985
David's Fork Baptist Church
Early Primitive Baptist Churches
Ohavay Zion Synagogue
First United Methodist Church History

History of Saint Paul Parish
Temple Adath Israel


Local Publications Online   

Delcamp's Early Lexington
Dunn's Old Houses
Leavy's Memoir  
Lexington and Its Institutions, 1875-1925 - Part One
John Shaw's Subscribers

Visit of General Lafayette to the Lafayette Female Academy in Lexington, Ky: May 16, 1825

A brief sketch of the history of Lexington, Kentucky,and of Transylvania University

Some notices of Kentucky, particularly of its chief town, Lexington

Other Useful Items

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Court Day, Lexington, KY

RootsWeb message boards

Here you can post and read queries,  bible records, biographies, obituaries, pensions, estate records and more.

GenForum board

site search powered by FreeFind

Fayette County Mailing List

To join the mailing list, send an e-mail message to KYFAYETT-L-request@rootsweb.comcontaining the single word subscribe

Fayette County Clerk's Office

Fayette County Courts
(part of the 22nd circuit and 22nd district)

Lexington, KY Family History Center
1789 Tates Creek Pike; Lexington, Kentucky 40524; (606)269-2722

The Eastern State Hospital Cemetery Project

Neighborhood Associations

Martin Luther King
Historic Northside


Current local press

The Lexington Herald-Leader
Business Lexington
The Kentucky Kernel - Univ. of KY
The Thoroughbred Times
The Lane Report
Chevy Chaser Magazine
Southsider Magazine

Vital Records

1899-1900 - Births, Deaths, Marriages in the Kentucky Gazette

Fayette County KY Birth Index 1911-1930

Kentucky Death Records 1911-2000

Eastern State Hospital Deaths

Kentucky Vital Statistics marriages 1973-2000, births 1911-1912)

Kentucky Vital Records Index
has 1973-1993 divorce records

Kentucky Vital Records Project - a growing collection of images and transcriptions

Pre-1911 Fayette County Birth, Death and Marriage records available through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) are: birth, death and marriage for 1852, 1853, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1858, 1859 and 1861; birth and marriage for 1857; and marriage only for 1862, 1903, 1904 and 1905.

Social Security Death Index
You can leave small messages

KY Vital Records article

Fayette County Reference List

Lookups, publications, researchers

Fayette County papers in libraries

LPL Kentucky Room
University of KY Catalog
KY Virtual Library
Transylvania Univ. Library
Keeneland Library

Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives

    KDLA Quicklinks:
Online Catalog
Available Census Records
African American Sources

Kentuckiana Digital Library
Kentucky Historical Society Catalog
Daughters Amer. Revolution (DAR) Catalog
DAR's GRC National Index
Family History Library Catalog

The Filson Historical Society


About Fayette County
Fayette County was one of the original three counties formed 30 June 1780 from Virginia's Kentucky Territory. Named for the French General Marquis de LaFayette who served in the Revolutionary War, it is located in the Inner Bluegrass region of the state. Pioneers arrived in 1774; Jacob Baughman, Hancock Taylor, Simon Kenton, James Douglas and John Floyd surveyed the area in that year. William McConnell settled in 1775 and the Bryant family in 1776. Early stations included Levi Todd's (1779) and William McGee's (1780). Robert Boggs built here in 1784 and Levi Todd in 1787. The county seat is Lexington, which was organized 5 May 1782. It was named years earlier by Captain Robert Patterson, while he was being guided through the Bluegrass by Simon Kenton. He reportedly selected the name Lexington upon hearing of the historic battle that began the American Revolution. More on Lexington and  Fayette County from Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Fayette's neighboring counties are Bourbon, Clark, Jessamine, Madison, Scott, and Woodford

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If you're planning a trip to Fayette County, visit the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau for assistance.
For more on Kentucky, visit Everything Kentucky.

About this Project
In early 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. This project was designed as a series of county-based Web pages designed to help family historians locate local resources that were linked through a single access point. Jon Hagee developed, authored and hosted the Fayette County KYGenWeb site from March 1996 until April 1999. Pam Brinegar then hosted the site until December 2006. Bill LaBach began hosting the site December 18, 2006 and is now responsible for this county. His e-mail address is  

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1999-2006 by Pam Brinegar
2006-2010 by Bill LaBach

Last updated 20 February, 2009