Kentucky Public Records

Birth and death records became mandatory in the State of Kentucky in 1910 and officially enacted in 1911. But central records at the Office of Vital Statistics didn't begin until 1958, so only records from 1958 to present are available. Earlier records must be acquired from the county clerk or by going through the genealogy department. Certificates are available by internet, phone, mail or in person.

Office of Vital Statistics
275 E. Main St., 1E-A
Frankfort, KY 40621

For geneological searches:
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
P.O. Box 537
300 Coffee Tree Road
Frankfort, KY 40602
(5O2) 564-8300

Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
Death Certificate Application (PDF)

The state has all marriage and divorce records from 1958 to present. Earlier records must be requested from the local Circuit County Clerk that granted the marriage license or divorce decree.

Certificate Application (PDF)

Adoption Records

All adoption records and considered closed and all searches must accompanied with a court order. To find out information that does not identify any persons involved with the adoption then a written request is sufficient.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Adoption Branch
275 E. Main Street, 3 C-E
Frankfort, KY 40621

Property Records

Public property records such as tax appraisal, ownership, and property history is handled by the County Property Valuation Administrator. Most counties have an online map application that can easily find and display parcel information.

Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator
Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator
Kenton County Public Inquiry
Boone County Property Valuation Administrator
Warren County Property Valuation
Hardin County Parcel Data Viewer

Genealogy Records

Genealogy Records for the state of Kentucky

Public Libraries

We have compiled a list of 10 public libraries in the state of Kentucky

# Name Address Zipcode Phone
1 Clinton County Public Library 302 King Drive, Albany, Kentucky 42602 606-387-5989
2 Boyd County Public Library 1740 Central Avenue, Ashland, Kentucky 41101 606-329-0090
3 Summit Branch 1016 Summit Road, Ashland, Kentucky 606-928-3366
4 Auburn Branch 344 West Main Street, Auburn, Kentucky 270-542-8180
5 Knox County Public Library 206 Knox Street, Barbourville, Kentucky 40906 606-546-5339
6 Nelson County Public Library 201 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004 502-348-3714
7 Lee County Public Library 123 Center Street, Beattyville, Kentucky 41311 606-464-8014
8 Trimble County Public Library 112 Highway 42 North, Bedford, Kentucky 40006 502-255-7362
9 Belfry Branch 24371 U.S. Highway 119, Belfry, Kentucky 606-353-9429
10 Marshall County Public Library System 1003 Poplar Street, Benton, Kentucky 42025 270-527-9969
See the full list

Phone Area Codes

270 - Bowling Green, Kentucky 502 - Louisville, Kentucky 606 - London, Kentucky 859 - Lexington, Kentucky