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Finding Kentucky Death Records


Next Step: When did the Death occur?

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's marriage record:
  • Marriages before 1820
  • Marriages between 1805 to 1867
  • Marriages between 1867 to 1925
  • Marriages between 1926 to 1935
  • Marriages 1936 to Present
  • Death year unknown

Frequently Asked Questions about Death Records


Deaths 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 these various alternative record types. Substitutes for death record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property, Tax Records
Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year

Marriages 1820 to 1867

1852 to Present

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


Index and Online Records

Index Only

If you do not have access to Ancestry.com check with your local Family History Center which might have a subscription.

Microfilm Copy of Original Records
These records are also available on microfilm and can be ordered into a Family History Center. 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 these various alternative record types:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property, Tax Records

Other Resources

Many death records are little known and quite obscure. Be sure to look for mortuary records, burial permits, transportation records, funeral programs, obituaries, memorials and grave purchases in addition to death certificates or other formal records.

If you do not find the person you are looking for, try various alternative record types:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records, Funeral Homes Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property, Tax Records

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