Greenup County was formed from Mason County by an act of the General Assembly of Kentucky on December 12, 1803. The county was named for the fourth Governor of Kentucky, Christopher Greenup (1750-1818). The Greenup County courthouse is located in the city of Greenup. The city sets on the Ohio River which forms the northern border of the county.
Greenup County consists of eight incorporated areas; Bellefonte, Flatwoods, Greenup, Raceland, Russell, South Shore, Worthington, and Wurtland.
Although their schools and post offices have been consolidated there are many small unincorporated communities that still enjoy their individual identities. Due to the pride that the residents in these communities exhibit we refuse to name them least we leave out a community.
The Greenup County Genealogy & Historical Society meetings are open to the public and are held the fourth Thursday of every month in the community room of the Greenup County Public Library @ 6:00pm