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Abraham Lincoln House in Elizabethtown in 1789

Abraham Lincoln House

Should Genealogists Continue to Visit Court Houses?

Wills Should one continue to visit the old court houses, especially considering all of the genealogy added to the internet? I have been visiting court houses since 1964 and have to tell you that some pretty uncomfortable changes have occurred. The labor force is a problem. In some instances, those who work in the office of the clerk of the probate court do not know what a last will and testament is, much less how to find the old will books. Another disturbance is the sloppy manner in which the old books are treated. If most of these counties had not been microfilmed in the 1950s, the information would be lost. Faded ink, moisture damage and the like make certain records virtually impossible to photocopy. Another issue is "off-site storage". We are in the age of having to store old books because of a shortage of space. When I recently visited a court house in Georgia, I had to wait several days for the "off-storage" books to be sent to the court house! This was really inconvenient, since I had travelled there from Atlanta. Some of the old books are finding a home in local historical societies while others are in the possession of the State Archives. How would one know these things? Additionally, in the old days a clerk might take a book home to work on it and this maneuver prevented it from being included in a fire. Occasionally some court house books show up in antique stores and attics! These things exist. What I am saying here is that all records were not microfilmed. Yet all is not lost, however. Avid researchers, like myself, seek such collections. Some of these private collections are reflected in my books and in databases on Kentucky Pioneers. Happy hunting to members!


Map of Hardin County






The Rough River

Rough River

The Rough River in Kentucky forms a boundary between Breckinridge and Grayson Counties and is a tributary of the Green River. As early as 1810 the Kentucky Legislature declared that the Rough River was navigable and later approved the first bridge over the river at Hartford in Ohio County. Thus, Hartford became the center of navigation and passage. During 1900 the river peaked in the shipping of timber products.

Hardin of Virginia and Kentucky



Hardin County



McGee of Sctland, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri











Hardin County Kentucky Wills, Estates


Hardin County Kentucky Hardin County was established in 1793 from land given by Nelson County and was named after Colonel John Hardin, an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Courthouse fires destroyed county records in 1864 and again in 1932

Hardin County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers

Digital Images of Hardin County Wills and Estates, Book B, 1810 to 1816
Testators: Arnet, Jonathan | Attaberry, Richard | Baird, James | Barlow, Michael | Blesett, Francis | Bradshaw, Benjamin | Brady, Morris | Brown, Frederick | Bruce, Mary | Burris, Joseph | Bush, Christopher | Caldhoon, Hugh | Camron, Hannah | Cannon, Angus | Carter, Dannell | Carter, Samuel | Chastain, Lewis | Coombs, Samuel | Courts, Charles | Cozart, William | Daugherty, Christopher | Deavon, Henry | Dodge, Josiah| Dodson, William | Farguson, Usher | French, James | Furguson, John | Ganterman, Margaret | Gardner, Jonathan | Georgehegan, Thomas | German, John | Gilliland, Thomas | Goodin, Samuel Sr. | Gray, Joseph | Grayham, Andrew | Greenawatt, Lewis | Hare, Joseph | Harris, Samuel | Hart, Richard | Helm, Thomas | Hill, Thomas | Humphrey, John | Hunter, Robert | Jones, Isaac | Joseph, Jonathan | Kennedy, Daniel | Kuydendall, Jacob | Larkin, William | Larue, John | Linder, Isaac | McCullum, William | McDaniel, Daniel | McIntire, Moses | McLean, Leonard | MacMahon, William | Melton, John | Miller, Alexander | Miller, Peter | Morris, John | Murphy, James | Nevitt, Joseph | Pearpoint, Francis | Pearpoint, Mary | Pickerell, Samuel | Potter, Daniel | Price, Richard | Reid, John | Roof, Nicholas Sr. | Sanders, Azariah | Shaggs, James | Simmons, Benjamin | Slaughter, Robert | Stader, Ann | Sutzer, Frederick | Thorp, David | Tull, Frederick | Waide, Horatio | Watts, George | West, Isaac | Wiley, Thomas | Williams, John F. | Wisehart, George | Withers, William | Wood, Isaac | Wooley, Hanner | Wooley, William | Young, Adam

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