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Kentucky Vital Records
In Kentucky, the Office of Vital Records is in charge of maintaining all vital records at a state level. This includes any documents or files regarding to resident’s key milestone life events. These events may include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. The vital records on these milestone events can consist if anything from divorce decrees, divorce certificates and other divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, marriage certificates, as well as many others. Files in Kentucky are all stored together in a central vital record registry to be used in the future for statistical analysis.
Divorce records are circulated by government officials in Kentucky after the divorce is registered with the state. When a person or couple files for a divorce/annulment in the state of Kentucky, records of this event are kept along with all other state vital files in the aforementioned central registry. These records can consist of a variety of documents, including divorce certificates and divorce decrees, as well as other divorce-related files. It depends on the state in question as to whether these files can then be accessed and copied by members of the public. There was a divorce rate of 3.8 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2014. Divorce record copies cost $6 each in the state of Kentucky.
Marriage records are issued by government officials in Kentucky, but only after the wedding is registered with the state. The earliest marriage records in Kentucky date back to when the individual counties were first organized. The relevant county clerks collect and hold the earliest records up to the present day. A state-wide registration was introduced in 1958. Since that year, duplicate record copies have been sent to the Office of Vital Statistics every year. There was a marriage rate of 6.9 per 1,000 inhabitants in 2014. Marriage record copies cost $6 each in the state of Kentucky.
Birth almost always records refer to the certificates issued upon the birth of every single child in the state of Kentucky, or a certified copy of that original document. The birth records in Kentucky are split into three categories, before 1852, 1852-1911, and 1911-present day. Records from before 1852 were collected from church registers, personal papers, birth genealogy, etc. They were not recorded by any civil authorities. In 1852, Kentucky required all counties to record their birth data. This law only lasted until 1862, before it was tried again between 1874 and 1879, and again between 1892 and 1910. Records dating back between 1852 and 1910 can be found at the Department for Libraries and Archives. Registration of births was introduced yet again in 1911, and was complied with by 1917. Records and indexes are held by the Family History Library from 1911 onwards. There were 54,022 births in Kentucky in 2016. Birth record copies cost $10 each in the state of Kentucky.
Death records relate to the copy of information from a person’s death certificate upon their passing. The death records in Kentucky are split into three categories, before 1852, 1852-1911, and 1911-present day. Records from before 1852 were collected from church registers, personal papers, birth genealogy, etc. In 1852, Kentucky required all counties to record their death data, however this law only lasted until 1862. Death records from before 1862 are kept at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. The state of Kentucky introduced a new state-wide registration of death records in 1911, which was complied with by 1917. Records and indexes are held by the Family History Library from 1911 onwards. There were 46,866 deaths in Kentucky in 2016. Death record copies cost $6 each in the state of Kentucky.
Why are these records available to the public?
The Kentucky Open Records Act was introduced back in 1976, although changes were made in 1994. This Act was released to ensure that every person in the state of Kentucky had the right to access public records. Any public record held by either the state or local government can be accessed and copied by a state resident, as is their right.
To access records:
275 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-5497