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Kentucky Research: Finding Death Information

1852 to Present

County governments sporadically recorded deaths in Kentucky during from 1852 to 1910. The Kentucky state government began recording death certificates in 1911.


Index and Digital Images

Index Only

Microfilm copy of Original
If you do not have access to Ancestry.com, these records are also available on microfilm through FamilySearch. They are cataloged as Vital records in the pertinent county in the Family History Library Catalog Place Search, for example, Kentucky, Butler - Vital records.

Ordering Certificates - 1911 to the Present
You can order a copy of the death certificate from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a fee of $6.00. Visit their website to obtain contact information.

1700s to 1851

No official death records were kept by Kentucky state or county governments during this period. To find death information on persons who died during these years, try the various alternative record types listed in the Kentucky Record Selection Table under "Death information."

Other Resources

For more recent years (1954-present), check the Social Security Death Index (see below), or order a copy of the death certificate from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a fee of $6.00.

Another valuable source for persons who died in Kentucky between the 1960s and the present is the Social Security Death Index, which is available on FamilySearch.org - free.

If you do not find the person you are looking for, try the various alternative record types listed in the Kentucky Record Selection Table under "Death information."




Option A

Task one

Cemeteries - Sumner County, Tennessee

Published Records Not Online


Task two

History - Evanston, Cook County, Illinois

Online Digital Book


Task three

Vital Records - Ohio

Death Records





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