Breckinridge County, Kentucky

Breckinridge County, Kentucky


Breckinridge County
was established by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly on December 9, 1799 from part of Hardin County. Breckinridge County was named for John Breckinridge (1760-1806), a Kentucky attorney general (1793-97) and legislator (1797-1801), who later served in the U.S. Senate (1801-1805) and as U.S. Attorney General (1805 until his death). On January 1, 1800, Breckinridge County became the 39th county. Later in 1824, part of Breckinridge County was used to form Meade County, and in 1829, Hancock County.

County Population: 18,648 (2000); 16,312 (1990)

When researching your roots, bear in mind that due to courthouse fires in 1864 and 1956, some records may not be available. While efforts have been extensive to recreate documents from other sources, some of the early county records were completely lost.

Breckinridge County Archives

Located in the basement of the Breckinridge County Courthouse in
Hardinsburg, Kentucky, they are open Monday through
Friday 8:00 am Central Time- 4:00pm Central Time
(Closed Saturdays and Holidays)
Breckinridge County Archives

For further information you may contact them at:
Breckinridge County Archives
P.O. Box 538
Hardinsburg, Kentucky 40143
Phone: (270) 756-6112
TeleFax: (248) 692-0756
Archivist: Mrs. Karen Schafer
Asst. Archivist: Mrs. Bev Sanders
(Please include a regular mail address in all correspondence, as it is not always possible for them to respond via email.)

Various publications are for sale at the Archives. They have the Breckinridge County Pictorial books (limited amount of #1 book), Breckinridge County Cemeteries, Vol. I and II, and assorted other books and/or booklets with a genealogical theme. Contact the Archives for further information and pricing.

Breckinridge County Historical Society

The Historical Society maintains a museum about one block off the main square in downtown Hardinsburg. It's located at 108 E. Third Street.. They are open on Saturdays only from 9am Central Time until 12pm Central Time, or by appointment. For further information about membership or visiting the museum, please contact them at the following:

Breckinridge County Historical Society
P.O. Box 498
Hardinsburg, Ky 40143-0498
(By phone, Bob Moorman at 270-756-2867)

Yearly membership dues are as follows:
Individual: $10
Family: $15
Student: $1
Business: $20
Lifetime: $100

Ancestral Trails Historical Society

Ancestral Trails Historical Society, Inc. was formed to gather, process and preserve genealogical and historical information relative to Breckenridge, Bullitt, Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade and Nelson Counties in Kentucky and Harrison County in Indiana. Restoration and maintenance of cemeteries and historic sites is encouraged. The research library is located at 201 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, Kentucky in the Hardin County History Museum with parking behind the museum and next door alongside the State Theatre.

Membership dues are $10.00 annually per individual or family.

For further information, you may contact them at:

Ancestral Trails Historic Society, Inc
P.O. Box 573
Vine Grove, KY 40175
Telephone: (270)-982-0881.

Or email them at:


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