The county was
named for James John Floyd. The county seat was
Preston's Station, located on the Levisa Fork of the
Big Sandy River and was later renamed Prestonsburg.
It was founded in 1797. The first court house burned
down on April 8, 1808, destroying all the early
records, so the earliest records of government
activity come from the year 1808. Prestonsburg was
used as a Confederate stronghold during the Civil
War and two battles took place nearby: the Battle of
Ivy Mountain on November 8, 1861 and the Battle of
Middle Creek on January 10, 1862. Both were Union
victories. The first post office opened in 1816 as
Floyd Court House.
Also located in Prestonsburg is
Built in 1817, it is the oldest brick house in the
Big Sandy valley and is currently being restored.
I am the new
coordinator for this Floyd County, KYGenWeb
site. My name is Suzanne Shephard. Please feel
me or my Assistant coordinator,
with submissions, problems or whatever you
may need.. I do not live in Floyd Co. but am a
descendant of Anthony & Mary Heppel Hall.
web site is undergoing major renovation! Please
excuse any broken links or problems that you
might find. I'll have the site back up and
running in no time!! Thanks!
In March and April, 1996, a group of
genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy
Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all
counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored.
In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so
that even if an individual were found in more than one county,
they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found
who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and
generally oversee the contents of the web page.
Sherri Bradley is the coordinator for the state of Kentucky.
If you are interested in hosting a county page or helping to
host one, please contact her.
If you have arrived at this site via a paid subscription database
service, please know that the data contained on KYGenWeb Project sites
has been donated by hardworking volunteers and has been providing
genealogical data and information, as well as help for researchers, free
of charge since 1996.