This week’s Wonderbase of the Week comes from the Simmons Historical Publications collection. The databases include a series of records from Graves County, Kentucky. Located in Western Kentucky, Graves County was formed in 1824 from Hickman County. Early settlers came primarily from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Click here to view the records.
The Simmons collection for Graves County is quite substantial. It includes indexes to the federal census for several years, county deed books, funeral home records from the 1920s, county cemetery extracts, various church records, tax lists from 1824, newspaper abstracts beginning in 1876 and a variety of other valuable records.
All of these records are transcribed from the originals and contain excellent genealogical data. Anyone who has researched families from the American South knows how difficult it can be to find records for that region of the country. Fortunately these Graves County records are abundant and are now available on World Vital Records and will be free for 10 days (until January 10, 2008).