The most complete collection of pre city births is at the Office of Vital Statistics. It has records for the following cities. The Department of Archives and Libraries and the Kentucky Historical Society have copies of some of these city records. The Lexington Public Library also has copies of the Lexington records. Click here to see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kentucky county birth records. To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Kentucky county death records, click here. County marriage records are the earliest and most complete vital records for Kentucky.
Lincoln, Fayette, and Jefferson Counties have marriage records dating from the s. Marriages prior to were under Virginia law. Marriage records from the earliest dates to the present are kept by the county clerk for each county.
Since , duplicates have been sent to the Office of Vital Statistics. The most complete collection of early marriage record is in the Department of Libraries and Archives. Major archives such as the University of Kentucky Library have microfilm copies of marriage records for many Kentucky counties.
The Family History Library has microfilm copies of most of the existing county marriage records from the beginning dates to about The IGI records are available at:. Beginning in , Kentucky again required statewide registration of marriages. These records have been indexed and are found at the Office of Vital Statistics. The Family History Library does not have copies of these records. They do, however, have an statewide index to marriages covering to in Kentucky. Gretna Greens. Many eloping couples went to Maysville, Mason County and Pike County , Kentucky to be married avoiding the waiting period between the time of issuing a license and the performance of the marriage.
Because much of the information about the availability of death records in Kentucky is similar to birth records, see the discussion about these records under the heading Births and Deaths. In most cases, divorces from to were only granted by the Kentucky state legislature. For short time in January , circuit courts had the power to grant divorces.
These articles are indexed in the Periodical Source Index.
They are not indexed by surname, only by the title of the article. Some divorce records may be found in the Acts of Kentucky prior to In , authority was given to county circuit courts to grant divorces. These records can be requested from the Clerk of the County Court. Some Circuit Clerk offices may have records as early as The Family History Library has divorce records from some Kentucky counties. These records may be found under court records or vital records of the individual county. Since divorce records have been filed in Frankfort on a state-wide basis.
Send for these records to the Office of Vital Statistics. By , the word divorce was replaced with the term "dissolution of marriage". Adoption records are court records. In Kentucky, the following information is available:. Non-identifying information may be provided to: The adoptee who is age 18 or older The adoptive parents. Identifying information is accessible to: The adoptee who is age 18 or older A birth sibling who is age 18 or older A birth parent. If the birth parents have given consent, the adult adoptee may inspect the records pertaining to his or her adoption proceedings upon written request.
If the birth parents have not given consent, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services may notify the birth parents that the adult adopted has made a request for information. The requirement continued for only ten years. Some births and deaths were recorded '79, ' , but observance remained sporadic. A few larger cities maintained separate birth and death records prior to , but these too are incomplete. Louisville ' , Covington ' , Newport ' , and Lexington '11 are four cities with registered births in their respective city health departments.
Jeffery M. Frankfort, Ky. No statewide index has been compiled for these early records, although the Kentucky Historical Society has a card index of both births and deaths for to Some early records, which have been indexed by county, appear in various issues of the Kentucky Historical Society's Register. Birth and death registration was enacted statewide on 1 January and generally adhered to by Indexes to births and deaths after are microfilmed; however, the actual records are not.
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Certificates of births and deaths after are only available at the Office of Vital Statistics, Department of Health Services, E. Main St. Delayed registrations of birth are maintained by the Office of Vital Statistics. Kentucky marriage records usually begin about the time of the respective county's establishment or within a few years of that date. Some counties have marriage records for dates prior to organization. Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties have marriage records as early as The respective county clerk has jurisdiction over marriage records.
Beginning in statewide registration was required.
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