Cumberland Falls by: James E. Lawson

County Resources

Online Newspapers:  The News Journal  The Times Tribune

Library: Whitley County Public Library, Williamsburg, KY

Genealogical & Historical Societies:

  • Whitley County Historical & Genealogical Society, Old Williamsburg Depot, 529 Main Street, Williamsburg, KY; Call 606-549-7089
  • Whitley County Historical Genealogy Society/Museum, P.O. Box 536, Williamsburg, Ky. 40769; phone no. 606-549-7089
  • Corbin Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 353, Corbin KY 40701; Covering Knox, Laurel & Whitley counties

  • County Court Clerk

    This agency has Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses

    Whitley County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & death certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. 

    Whitley County Mailing List

    General Interest Mailing Lists for Kentucky

    Message Boards: Rootsweb

    Neither the Whitley County KYGenWeb site nor the webmaster gain any money from the sale of the books listed below. By placing a link on this page, it should not be considered an endorsement of any kind. They are posted for our researchers' convenience only.

    Magazines and Periodicals

    Our Heritage" Published by the Corbin Genealogical Society.  Membership dues for the year are $15 which includes four quarterly newsletters.  These "Newsletters" are full of Descendancy charts, Family Records, Stories of Whitley County, letters, etc.  Send checks or money order to Joyce Culver, 99 Boone Avenue, Corbin KY 40701

    KENTUCKY EXPLORER This publication comes highly recommended from others researching not only the Whitley County area but all of Kentucky. "If You Enjoy Kentucky History, Genealogy, Travel, Folk Music, Folk Tales, Old & New Pictures, and Outdoor Fun, You Will Like The Kentucky Explorer Magazine."  Annual subscription cost is $19.00. 

    Ky Explorer
    P.O. Box 227
    1248 Highway 15-N
    Jackson, KY.  41339
    (606) 666-5060


    >Available from: Byron Sistler Assoc.,
    1712 Natchez Trace,
    PO Box 120934,
    Nashville, TN 37212.
    ($15 plus shipping)
    Whitley Co., KY, Will Book 1, 1818-1854 by: Stephen Broyles    
    Available from: Byron Sistler Assoc.,
    1712 Natchez Trace,
    PO Box 120934,
    Nashville, TN 37212.
    ($15 plus shipping)
    Our Hamblen Heritage," which includes dozens of Whitley County families, with 5,500 indexed names, over half of which are from Whitley County.

    It is an 8 1/2 x 11 hardbound book, 293 pages, and sells for $40.00, which includes postage. Contact:   Larry Hamblen Mythots(at)

    S-K Publications 1850 Whitley County Census books
    Other S-K Publications census records for Kentucky

    History and Families of Whitley County Kentucky:  Mrs. Babe Fuson of Williamsburg, KY has a book for sale on the history of Whitley Co., KY 1818-1993 and its famiies. The book sells for $65 this includes   tax and s&h. . 322pg.

    Babe Fuson
    901 Main Street
    Williamsburg, KY 40769

    Kentucky Obituaries, 1787-1854 Garrett Glenn Clift. From the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, 1941-1943. Reprinted 1979, 254 pp. + index. Catalog BG 32. Available from:

     Southern Historical Press, Inc.

    275 West Broad St. (29601)

    PO Box 1267 Greenville, S.C.

    29602-1267 (803) 233-2346

    Fax: (803) 233-2349 VISA/MC Orders Only 1-800-233-0152 Cost $25

    My Family the Blairs  by Maude Blair Stanifer Rita Stanifer Maggard

    Hopper-Proffitt Archives has the following books for sale. Prices listed here are from the Whitley County Vital Statistics 1852-1910 © 1990. We do not guarantee that they are still correct.

    Laurel Co. KY Vital Statistics 1852-1904 (1852-1919), 70 pages $20.00

    Rockcastle Co. KY Vital Statistics 1852-1878 (1852-1910), 148 pages $27.00

    Whitley Co. Ky Vital Statistics 1852-1910, ( has some Bell Co. records), 106 pages $22.00

    Tri-County Early Marriages, Knox/Laurel/Whitley Co., 100 pages $22.00

    1810 Knox Co. KY, 28 pages $12.00

    1850 Harlan Co. Ky, 51pages $18.00

    1860 Harlan Co. Ky, 62 pages $18.00

    1850 Laurel Co. Ky, 54 pages $18.00

    1880 Laurel Co. Ky, 228 pages $30.00

    1880 Laurel Co. Ky with vital statistics, (annotated with marriages, births, & deaths), 200 pages $45.00

    1850 Perry Co. Ky, 34 pages $15.00

    1850 Pulaski Co. KY, 154 pages $30.00

    1850 Rockcastle Co. KY, 56 pages $18.00

    1850 Russell Co. Ky, 59 pages $18.00

    1860 Russell Co. Ky, 63 pages $18.00

    1850 Whitley Co. KY, 89 pages $20.00

    1860 Whitley Co. KY, 101 pages $22.00

    1870 Whitley Co. KY, 100 pages $22.00

    McHargue Cemetery (lists parents, date of marriage $18.00

    Knox/Laurel/Whitley Co. first will book & deed book entries, 37 pages $15.00

    Send orders to:

    Hopper-Proffitt Archives 1788 Victory Road East Bernstadt, KY 40729
     **All census books indexed.  Prices are postage paid.  Books soft cover, spiral bound but are also available as loose leaf, binder ready sheets.  Spiral bound will be sent unless otherwise specified.

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