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Revision as of 15:33, 9 April 2010

This entry was originally written by Wendy Bebout Elliott, Ph.D., FUGA, for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the Kentucky Family History Research series.
History of Kentucky
Kentucky Vital Records
Census Records for Kentucky
Background Sources for Kentucky
Kentucky Maps
Kentucky Land Records
Kentucky Probate Records
Kentucky Court Records
Kentucky Tax Records
Kentucky Cemetery Records
Kentucky Church Records
Kentucky Military Records
Kentucky Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
Kentucky Archives, Libraries, and Societies
African Americans of Kentucky
Kentucky County Resources
Map of Kentucky


Early Kentucky vital records, beginning from the dates indicated and until 1911, are held by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (see Kentucky Vital Records). Land and probate records may be available at the office of the county clerk or at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Legal enactment dates for counties often vary from effec-tive date of organization and beginning of record maintenance. The latter date is the one reflected in the following chart. Inventory sheets from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Historical Society were used for beginning dates of some records. Land records may pre-date county organization because records were transferred from the parent county.

Dates given for court records may apply to one of many court records located in the county seat (see Kentucky Court Records). Not all records are extant from the first date given.

For all records, it is advisable to direct correspondence to the county official at the county courthouse address listed in the following chart to determine present location and availability of records. In many cases, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives will hold either the original or microfilm records.

The Historical Records Survey, Guide to Public Vital Records in Kentucky (Louisville: Historical Records Survey, 1942) was used to extract some information found in the following county listing. County formation information comes from Wendell Holmes Rone, Sr., An Historical Atlas of Kentucky and Her Counties (Mayfield, Ky.: Mayfield Printing Co., 1965). It contains photographs, chronologically arranged maps, and historical data from 1772 through 1856. Campbell and Kenton counties have two county courthouses.

Additional sources used to provide the most up-to-date information for courthouse addresses and to verify county formation data include: www.kysos.com/ADMIN/LANDOFFI/kycounties.asp, www.naco.org, and www.uky.edu/KentuckyAtlas/kentucky-counties.html. The most current phone numbers for Kentucky county courthouses are available through www.kysos.com/Elecfil/Genelectionfiles/countyclerk.asp. This website provides names of county clerk, telephone number, fax number, address, while some include online contact data.

Additionally, some telephone calls to courthouses helped determine dates and addresses when sources showed conflicting information.

Microfilmed county records in the Family History Library collection were used to confirm dates of extant records for each Kentucky county. Although in some cases one or more published works cover a broader period, dates shown reflect those of original documents microfilmed in the county repository. In a few cases, the earliest date may be for an order book or survey rather than more substantial court minutes or deeds.


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
E7 Adair 424 Public Sq., Columbia 42728-1451 1802 Green 1852 1802 1852 1801 1804 1802
D8 Allen 201 W. Main St./P.O. Box 336, Scottsville 42164-0336 1815 Barren/Warren 1852 1815 1852 1816 1815 1826
F5 Anderson 151 S. Main St., Lawrenceburg 40342-1192 1827 Franklin/Mercer/Washington 1852 1827 1852 1827 1827 1827
This is a big fat note that I am hoping will appear in the right place.
A2 Ballard 424 Court St./P.O. Box 145, Wickliffe 42087-0145 1842 Hickman/McCracken 1853 1853 1853 1842 1842 1842
This is a big fat note that I am hoping will appear in the right place.
D7 Barren 117-1A N. Public Sq., Glasgow 42141 1799 Green/Warren 1852 1799 1852 1798 1798 1798
H5 Bath Main Street/P.O. Box 609, Owingsville 40360-0609 1811 Montgomery 1852 1811 1852 1811 1811 1811
H8 Bell P.O. Box 157, Pineville 40977-0157 1867 Knox/Harlan 1874 1867 1874 1867 1869 1867
F3 Boone 2950 E. Wash. Sq./P.O. Box 874, Burlington 41005-0874 1799 Campbell 1852 1799 1852 1799 1800 1799
G5 Bourbon 310 Main St./P.O. Box 312, Paris 40361-0312 1786 Fayette 1852 1786 1852 1786 1786 (wills) 1780
K4 Boyd 2800 Louisa St./P.O. Box 523, Catlettsburg 41129-0523 1860 Carter/Lawrence/Greenup 1859 1860 1859 1860 1860 (wills) 1860
F6 Boyle 321 W. Main St., Danville 40422-1848 1842 Mercer/Lincoln 1852 1852 1852 1842 1842 1800
G3 Bracken 116 W. Miami St./P.O. Box 147, Brooksville 41104-0147 1797 Campbell/Mason 1852 1797 1852 1797 1797 1797
J6 Breathitt 1137 Main St., Jackson 41339-1194 1839 Clay/Estill/Perry 1852 1852 1852 1873 1873 1838
C6 Breckinridge P.O. Box 538, Hardinsburg 40143-0538 1800 Hardin 1852 1860 1852 1800 1800 (wills) 1803
D5 Bullitt 149 N. Walnut St./P.O. Box 6, Shepherdsville 40165-0006 1797 Jefferson/Nelson 1854 1797 1854 1797 1797 1797
C7 Butler 110 N. Main St./P.O. Box 449, Morgantown 42261-0449 1810 Logan/Ohio 1853 1810 1853 1810 1810 1811
C2 Caldwell 100 E. Market St., Princeton 42445-1696 1809 Livingston 1852 1808 1852 1809 1809 1809
B4 Calloway 101 S. Fifth St., Murray 42071-2569 1821 Hickman 1852 1823 1852 1822 1836 1856
G3 Campbell 340 York St., Newport 41071-1682 1795 Harrison/Mason/Scott 1852 1795 1852 1795 1795 1791
A3 Carlisle P.O. Box 176, Bardwell 42023-0176 1886 Ballard 1911 1886 1904 1886 1886 1886
E3 Carroll 440 Main St., Carrollton 41008-1064 1838 Gallatin/Henry/Trimble 1852 1836 1852 1795 1838 1838
J4 Carter 300 W. Main St., Grayson 41143-1298 1838 Greenup/Lawrence 1852 1838 1852 1838 1835 1838
F6 Casey P.O. Box 310, Liberty 42539-0310 1807 Lincoln 1852 1807 1852 1807 1806 1807
A8 Christian 511 S. Main St., Hopkinsville 42240-2300 1797 Logan 1852 1797 1852 1797 1797 1797
G5 Clark 34 S. Main St./P.O. Box 4060, Winchester 40392-4060 1793 Bourbon/Fayette 1852 1793 1852 1793 1793 1793
H7 Clay 316 Main St., Manchester 40962-1265 1807 Madison/Floyd/Knox 1852 1807 1852 1799 1830 1809
E8 Clinton 212 Washington St., Albany 42602-1263 1836 Wayne/Cumberland 1852 1852 1852 1848 1863 1864
B2 Crittenden 107 S. Main St., Marion 42064-1563 1842 Livingston 1852 1842 1852 1842 1833 1842
E8 Cumberland P.O. Box 275, Burkesville 42717-0275 1799 Green 1852 1799 1852 1799 1815 1820
B6 Daviess P.O. Box 609, Owensboro 42302-0609 1815 Ohio 1853 1815 1853 1815 1812 1822
C7 Edmonson P.O. Box 830, Brownsville 42210-0830 1825 Grayson/Hart/Warren 1852 1843 1852 1825 1824 1824
J5 Elliott P.O. Box 225, Sandy Hook 41171-0225 1869 Carter/Lawrence/Morgan 1874 1874 1874 1869 1966 1958
H6 Estill P.O. Box 59, Irvine 40336-0059 1808 Clark/Madison 1852 1808 1852 1808 1808 1808
G5 Fayette 162 E. Main St., Lexington 40507-1334 1780 Kentucky (Va.) 1852 1803 1852 1787 1789 1787
H4 Fleming Court Sq./P.O. Box 324, Flemingsburg 41041-0324 1798 Mason 1852 1798 1852 1798 1798 1798
K6 Floyd P.O. Box 1089, Prestonsburg 41653-1089 1800 Fleming/Mason/Montgomery 1852 1803 1854 1806 1812 1808
F5 Franklin P.O. Box 338, Frankfort 40602-0338 1795 Woodford/Mercer/Shelby 1852 1795 1852 1795 1795 1795
A4 Fulton P.O. Box 126, Hickman 42050-0126 1845 Hickman 1852 1845 1852 1845 1845 1845
F3 Gallatin P.O. Box 1309, Warsaw 41095-0616 1799 Franklin/Shelby 1852 1799 1852 1799 1799 1799
F6 Garrard 15 Public Sq., Lancaster 40444-1057 1797 Madison/Lincoln/Mercer 1789 1797 1852 1797 1797 1797
F4 Grant 101 N. Main St., Williamstown 41097-1107 1820 Pendleton 1852 1820 1852 1820 1820 1820
A3 Graves 101 E. South St., Mayfield 42066-2324 1824 Hickman 1852 1887 1852 1887 1882 1858
C6 Grayson 10 Public Sq., Leitchfield 42754-1199 1810 Hardin/Ohio 1852 1852 1852 1896 1856 (wills) 1906
E7 Green 203 W. Court St., Greensburg 42743-1552 1793 Lincoln/Nelson 1852 1793 1852 1793 1793 1794
J4 Greenup P.O. Box 686, Greenup 41144-0686 1804 Mason 1852 1803 1852 1811 1822 1807
B5 Hancock P.O. Box 146, Hawesville 42348-0146 1829 Daviess/Ohio/Breckinridge 1852 1829 1852 1829 1820 (wills) 1834
D6 Hardin P.O. Box 1030, Elizabethtown 42702-1030 1793 Nelson 1852 1793 1852 1793 1793 1793
J8 Harlan P.O. Box 670, Harlan 40831-0670 1819 Knox 1852 1820 1852 1820 1829 1821
G4 Harrison 190 W. Pike St., Cynthiana 41031-1242 1794 Bourbon/Scott 1852 1794 1852 1794 1794 1794