Kentucky Doomsday Book

The original "Domesday Book" was completed in 1086 for William the Conqueror. It identified England's landowners and land locations for tax purposes. Kentucky's "Doomsday Book" is a journal created by land commissioners appointed to hear settlers' claims in the Kentucky District under Virginia Land Law A.

The commissioners heard testimony presented by applicants, their witnesses and/or agents to determine eligibility for certificates of settlement and various preemption warrants. For the convenience of the settlers, the Commission traveled to various sites in Kentucky County, including St. Asaph's (Logan's Fort), Harrodsburg, Falls of the Ohio (Louisville), Boonesborough (Boonesboro) and Bryant's Station (near Lexington). The first land entry in the Doomsday Book was recorded at St. Asaph on October 14, 1779; the last land entry was recorded at Harrodsburg on February 26, 1780.

The Doomsday Book is 469 pages with a 41-page index. There is no searchable database at this time. Commissioners' certificates and links to patents authorized by certificates of settlement and preemption warrants are available on this website.

Doomsday Book

Title Page-9          98-108                      199-208                    308-317                    418-427
10-19                    109-118                    209-217                    318-327                    428-437
20-29                    119-128                    218-227                    328-337                    438-447
30-34                    129-135                    228-237                    338-347                    448-457
35-44                    135-144                    238-247                    348-357                    458-467
45-53                    145-152                    248-257                    358-367                    468-Closing Certification
54-62                    153-161                    258-267                    368-377                    Index
62-70                    161-168                    268-277                    378-387
71-80                    169-178                    278-287                    388-397
80-89                    179-188                    288-297                    398-407
90-98                    189-198                    298-307                    408-417