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Kentucky Public Records

Use this page to find public records as well as local information from local county and city sources. Find information such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage and divorce decrees, adoption records, property ownership and property tax values.

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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
1-800-928-4303

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

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