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Perry County, Kentucky
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Founded November 2, 1820
County Seat Hazard
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Perry County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Perry County, Kentucky Government Records
Birth*
Marriage
Death*
Census
Deeds
Wills
1852
1821
1852
1820
1821
1901
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Perry County Courthouse
Main Street
Hazard, KY 41701
Phone: 606.436.4614[1]

Perry County Kentucky History

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The county and county seat are named after U.S. Naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819).[2]

Parent County

1820--Perry County was created 2 November 1820 from Clay and Floyd Counties.  County seat: Hazard [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps" (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1885, 1911--Disasters destroyed most records. For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses


Perry County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Acup Cornettsville Hardburly Red Hill
Airport Gardens Curly Fork Harveyton Rock Fork
Allais Daisy Hazard Saul
Allock Darfork Hilton Scuddy
Ary Defiance Hiner Sixteen
Avawam Delphia Hurricane Slemp
Beech Fork Diablock Jeff Stacy
Beehive Dice Johnson Tilford
Big Branch (hist.) Doorway Jones Tribbey
Big Hill Dow Kodak Typo
Blue Diamond Dunraven Krypton Upper Pidgeonroost (hist.)
Bonnyman Dwarf Lamont Upper Squabble
Bowlington (hist.) Engle Lead Branch Vicco
Browns Fork Eversole Leatherwood Viper
Buckhorn Farler Little Beech (hist.) Walkertown
Bulan Fourseam Lothair Wentz
Busy Fuson Manuel Whitaker
Butterfly Fusonia Middle Fork Whitsett (hist.)
Campbell Gays Creek Middle Squabble Woodland Park
Chavies Glomawr Miller Yerkes
Christopher Grigsby Mudlick
Clemons Happy Napfor
Combs Happy Valley (hist.) Olivers

Neighboring Counties

Perry County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

The following have information concerning African American research.  Both should be used:

Biographies

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1830 3,330
1840 3,089 −7.2%
1850 3,092 0.1%
1860 3,950 27.7%
1870 4,274 8.2%
1880 5,607 31.2%
1890 6,331 12.9%
1900 8,276 30.7%
1910 11,255 36.0%
1920 26,042 131.4%
1930 42,186 62.0%
1940 47,828 13.4%
1950 46,566 −2.6%
1960 34,961 −24.9%
1970 25,714 −26.4%
1980 33,763 31.3%
1990 30,283 −10.3%
2000 29,390 −2.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Perry County are available online. For tips on accessing census records online, see Kentucky Census. If you're having trouble finding your ancestors in online indexes, try checking printed indexes. Created by local experts familiar with the area's families, these indexes are often transcribed more accurately than online nationwide indexes.

See Kentucky Population Schedule Indexes: Fiche, Film, or Book for more information about statewide printed indexes.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Perry County, Kentucky. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Perry County, Kentucky served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Perry County, Kentucky:

- 13th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Company G

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Perry County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Perry County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Perry County, Kentucky Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Perry County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Perry County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records


Birth
  • 1852-1859 - Perry County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517881 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Marriage
  • 1852-1859 - Perry County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517881 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
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Perry County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Perry County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Perry County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Perry County, Kentucky page 274, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "List of Counties in Tennessee," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/7/75/Igikentuckymz.pdf.


 

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