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Kentucky Vital Records
Statewide vital records registration was first enacted in 1852 for the state of Kentucky. Compliance was minimal and the legislation was only in place for ten years. Sporadic maintenance was also performed between 1872-1910. Mandatory registration was again enacted as of January 1, 1911 for births and deaths. Marriage records have been kept on a county basis since the formation of each county, with some pre-dating official formation. State registration was required beginning in 1958. An every name index to births and deaths after 1911 exists at the Office of Vital Statistics.

For birth and death records prior to 1911, write:
Public Records Division, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, 300 Coffee Tree Road, P.O. Box 537, Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

For birth and death records after 1911, and marriage records after 1958, write:
Department for Health Services, Office of Vital Statistics, 375 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601

For marriage records prior to 1958, write to the clerk of the county in question.

Kentucky Department of Health - Vital Records

Kentucky Research Sources

Filson, John. The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucky. Wilmington, DE: James Adams, 1784.
Schweitzer, George K. Kentucky Genealogical Research. Knoxville: the author, 1983. (Contains a good discussion of Kentucky military records in addition to helpful information for statewide research. Also includes partial county inventories.)
Coleman, John Winston. A Bibliography of Kentucky History. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1949. (Kentucky histories written prior to 1949 are listed in this bibliography.)
Hogan, Roseann Reinemuth. Kentucky Ancestry: A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Incorporated, 1992.

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
P.O. Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537
Tel: (502) 564-8300

The Filson Historical Society
1310 S. Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208
Tel: (502) 635-5083

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