Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union.
Illinois, Indiana and Ohio north of that river, Virginia is to the east, Tennessee on the south and the Mississippi River is the border to the west with Missouri on the western bank of that river.
Map of Modern Day Kentucky Counties
Original probate documents online for Kentucky counties at FamilySearch.org -
Browse Kentuckiana Digital Library's Historic Kentucky Newspapers