Records prior to 1911

Contact any of the following agencies for information about historical records prior to 1911: 

100 West Broadway
Frankfort, Ky. 40601
FAX: (502) 564-4701
Phone:  (502) 564-1792

The Historical Society has collected and filed some birth and death records from various Kentucky counties by direction of the 1850 General Assembly. These records cover the period from 1851-1862. Registration under this legislative act was discontinued in 1862. The law was re-enacted in the mid 1870s, although many counties did not participate or dropped the program after a few years.

P.O. Box 537, 300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY  40602
Phone:  (502) 564-8300
Fax:  (502) 564-5773

The Department for Libraries and Archives has birth and death records for Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport as a result of city ordinances enacted prior to 1911.

Note:  The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives issues uncertified photocopies of Kentucky death certificates on file for the period of 1911-1957.  

The Office of Vital Statistics does not issue uncertified copies or photocopies of birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates for any years.  

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The following sources have purchased the vital records indices to post to their Web sites. If you have problems or questions about the indices, please contact the site source. The information listed on the indices may or may not be the same as information on the original certificate on file in this office.

KyGen Web has Kentucky Death Index (1911-2000) and Kentucky Marriage Index (1973-2000)

UK Vital Index has Kentucky Divorce Index (1973-1993)

RootsWeb has Surname and Ancestry Indices

The Office of Vital Statistics is not responsible for incorrect information on any external site. We do not control the information on these sites. Some out-of-state information may be included for Kentucky.

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