Pubic Documents are at the County Clerks' Offices in Kentucky.
Gather your research before visiting the County Clerk's Office. Have some idea of the who, what, where, and when of your research.
Public documents at the county clerks' offices are primary documents that will contain additional information about the slave owners and those enslaved. The documents will include the sale and purchase price of those enslaved. Search using the slave owners' names, the enslaved persons' names (if available), and the names of African Americans (post -slavery).
TYPES OF DOCUMENTS FOUND AT THE COUNTY CLERKS' OFFICES IN KENTUCKY
NOTE: Older public documents will be handwritten and they will be written in cursive English. [Cursive writing is a penmanship with the letters joined together in a flowing manner.] The documents may also have been written using older English. See example below.
Date: 1839 Creator: unknown
Watts Family Papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center
DOUBLE CHECK COUNTY AND CITY LOCATIONS
There are many similar names of counties and cities in Kentucky. Make sure you have the correct location.
The city of Manchester is located in Clay County.
The city of Clay is located in Webster County.
The city of Frankfort is located in Franklin County.
The city of Franklin is located in Simpson County.
The city of Nicholasville is located in Jessamine County.
The city of Carlisle is located in Nicholas County.