Anderson County, Kentucky

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Anderson County was formed in 1827.  Its county seat is Lawrenceburg. The county is named for Richard Clough Anderson, a Kentucky Legislator, U.S. Congressman and minister to Colombia.

The county is in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass region along the Kentucky River.  From its beginning days in the early 1800s, its heritage is preserved today and includes Civil War scrimmages, the gravesite of the late great-grandparents of department store founder J.C. Penney, the story of African American Anna Mac Clarke, and the evolution of bourbon.


  • Anderson County Clerk
    • Jason Denny
    • 100 South Main Street
    • Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • Recordings of deeds, mortgages, releases, wills, liens and marriage licenses

Anderson County Courthouse

Anderson County was named after United States Congressman Richard Clough Anderson. It was formed from parts of Franklin, Mercer and Washington Counties in 1817. Lawrenceburg (the county seat), named after Captain James Lawrence, commander of the US Naval Ship the Chesapeake, was established in 1820.

Robert Logan constructed the first Courthouse of brick in 1828 and completed it on July 12, 1830. He finished at a cost of $3000.00. The Courthouse burned the night of October 26, 1859. There was some record loss. For example, the fire destroyed Order Book D and Mortgage Book B.

John Haly of Frankfort completed a new Courthouse on January 3, 1861 for $14,000.00. This new Courthouse was constructed from Kentucky River Stone. C.E. Bond remodeled it in 1905 with some minor changes. The building was again destroyed by fire on April 13, 1915. However, this time nearly all records were saved.

A.J. Stair of Knoxville Tennessee built the third and existing Courthouse for $39,146.00. He used the stone walls that were left standing after the fire.

151 S Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342
Phone: 502-839-3041
Anderson County Website


Anderson Public Library

114 North Main Street
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

(502) 839-6420 Phone

Something else that is interesting about their library – you can text with the librarian for reference questions.

Text to 502-369-3606 to text-chat with a librarian. You can easily renew your books, check the status of your account, or ask a reference question. Data and text message fees may apply. Check with your cellular carrier.

A couple of books to recommend:

Anderson County, Ky. History And Families

A History of Anderson County [Kentucky] 1780-1936


  • Anderson County Historical Society
    • 114 N. Main Street
    • Lawrenceburg KY 40342

The Kentucky Historical Society has a transcribed general index to deeds of Anderson County.

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