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Kentucky Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

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Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in Kentucky, including the dates for which Kentucky vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online Kentucky vital records databases.

Kentucky Vital Records:

Kentucky Department for Public Health
Office of Vital Statistics
275 East Main Street - IE-A
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4212
Fax: (502) 227-0032

What You Need to Know:
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. All requests MUST include the signature and a photocopy of a valid photo ID of the individual requesting the record.

Web site: Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics


Kentucky Birth Records:

Dates: From 1911 (statewide); selected counties from 1852

Cost of copy: $10.00

Comments: Access to birth records in Kentucky is not restricted by law.

With your request, include as much as you can of the following: the name on the birth record being requested, date of birth, place of birth (city or county), father's full name, (last, first, middle), mothers full name, including her maiden name, your relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested, your daytime telephone number with area code, your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address.
Application for Kentucky Birth Certificate

* The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has birth records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which enacted records collection ordinances before 1911. KDLA also has selected birth records (statewide coverage) covering the years 1852-1862, 1874-1879 and 1891-1910. Consult their Web site for a list of available birth records by county.


Kentucky Death Records:

Dates: From 1911 (statewide); selected counties from 1852

Cost of copy: $6.00

Comments: Access to death records in Kentucky is not restricted by law.

With your request, include as much as you can of the following: the name on the death record being requested, date of death, place of death (city or county), your relationship to the person whose certificate is being requested, your purpose for needing the copy, your daytime telephone number with area code, your handwritten signature and complete return mailing address. For deaths occurring from 1900 to 1917, the city and/or county of death is required in order to locate the record.
Application for Kentucky Death Certificate

* The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives has death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which enacted records collection ordinances before 1911. KDLA also has selected death records (statewide coverage) covering the years 1852-1862, 1874-1879 and 1891-1910. Consult their Web site for a list of available death records by county.

Online:
Kentucky Death Index 1911-1992 (free)
Kentucky Death Certificates and Records 1852-1953 including digitized Kentucky death certificates from 1911-1953 (requires subscription to Ancestry.com)


Kentucky Marriage Records:

Dates: From June 1958 (statewide), but many go back to early 1800s

Cost of Copy: $6.00

Comments:

The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics does not have records of marriages prior to 1958. Copies of marriage certificates prior to June 1958 may be obtained from the county clerk in the county where the license was issued. Send your request to the Clerk of Court in the county where the marriage license was issued.

Online:
Kentucky Marriage Index 1973-1993 (free)


Kentucky Divorce Records:

Dates: Varies by county

Cost of copy: Varies

Comments: The Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics does not have records of divorces prior to 1958. Records of divorce proceedings prior to June 1958 are available from the clerk of the circuit court that granted the decree.

Online:
Kentucky Divorce Index 1973-1993 (free)

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