Adair County, Kentucky

2002 is this county's BICENTENNIAL!!!
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- Our History -

Adair was the 44th Kentucky county formed, created from Green County on December 11, 1801 and named for General John Adair. It is located in the eastern Pennyrile region and western Appalachian areas of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 585 to 1120 feet above sea level. The main waterway is the Green River and its tributary Russell Creek. This county runs along the Cumberland and Great Lakes Trail.  Adair County's nearest neighbors are, Casey County, Cumberland County, Green County, Metcalfe County, Russell County & Taylor County.

In 1990, the county population was 15,360 in a land area of 406 square miles, an average of 37.8 people per square mile. The county seat is Columbia.

Noted residents included: Thomas Bramlet, Governor of KY; Colonel Frank Wolford, James R. Hindman (Lt. Gov), Colonel William Casey, Jane Lampton Clemens (mother of "Mark Twain."), and author Janice Holt Giles.

Marriage and land records are available from 1802.

More about the History of Adair County...

Adair County History from the March Issue of The Kentucky Explorer. This wonderful article is compliments of Carlis B. Wilson.

Maps of Adair County Kentucky

Historic Homes of Columbia

The Old Settler's Barn


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Adair County Weather Report 

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Adair County Courthouse

Adair County Clerk

424 Public Square

Columbia, KY, 42728-1451

Phone: (270) 384-2801

Adair County Libraries

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 P. O. Box 613, Columbia, KY 42728

Membership is $10 per year which includes its quarterly publication: The Adair County Review. Membership is open to anyone interested in the preservation of history in Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Metcalfe, Russell, and Taylor counties in KY. Meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Adair County Public Library, 307 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728.

The Adair County Genealogy Society is now Online! Please check out this wonderful resource at:




Adair County is proud to be a member of the KyGenWeb and the USGenWeb. If anyone is interested in becoming a participant in the KyGenWeb, please contact the Kentucky State Coordinator, Nancy Trice.


The American History & Genealogy Project




KyGenWeb Archives

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      Hello, my name is  Suzanne Shephard, and I am the county coordinator for Adair County, Kentucky.  My sincerest gratitude to everyone who has submitted research, photos etc. You have turned this site around! If you have any questions or would like to submit research information, you can contact me or our new Assistant Coordinator, Angella Watson!



 Our Adair County Photo Album 

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Adair County "Brick Wall" Ancestors

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If you want to add your "elusive ancestor" to our brickwall, please contact me. And if you see a query on this page and you can help that person, please do! That act of kindness may be repaid someday for you!


Adair County African-American Records

"Jumping the Broom"   Births coming soon!
      Marriages after the Civil War             

Family Lines

Deaths Deeds coming soon!
Military History
Census Links

Emancipation Proclamation


  RootsWeb Query Boards and Submitted Information for Adair Co.

Kentucky Biography Search





Genealogy Books
Available for Adair County Research


Research Links





    Surnames of Adair County     


Adair County in War

The Civil War Papers & Depositions of  James E. Leftwich!

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Adair Co. Marriages  

Now adding Marriages of 1802-1840!








September 11, 2001

..."Our Hearts are with you."


This County is dedicated to a man, who followed his dream... and made it a reality.


In Memory Of : JEFF DONALD MURPHY, 1947 - 2001, of Redmond, Deschutes County, OR, born in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY, son of Powell Davis Murphy and Marjorie (Morrison) Murphy. Jeff was the founder of the KYGenWeb, USGenWeb, USBIOGRAPHIES and co-founder of KYBIOGRAPHIES. 


Copyright 2001, 2002  Suzanne  Yelton Shephard

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