Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy

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Guide to Knott County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Knott County, Kentucky
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Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Founded May 5, 1884
County Seat Hindman
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Knott County Kentucky Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1884 1884 1884 1900 1883 1892
*Many years between 1884 and 1911 are missing
Old Knott County Courthouse, Hindman, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.

Knott County Courthouse
Main Street;
Hindman, KY 41822-0446
Phone: 606.785.5651[1]

Knott County Kentucky History

Parent County

1884--Knott County was created 5 May 1884 from Floyd, Perry, Breathitt and Letcher Counties.
County seat: Hindman [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Knott County Kentucky Places/Localities

Populated Places

Amburgey Clear Fork (hist.) Irishmans Porter
Amelia Cody (hist.) Kite Puncheon
Anco Cordia Larkslane Raven
Baker Camp Decoy Leburn Redfox
Bath Drew Littcarr Ritchie
Betty Dry Creek Lotts Creek (hist.) Rock Fork
Bearville Elmrock Martinsville Sassafras
Betty Emmalena Middle Carr Creek Smithsboro (hist.)
Big Branch Fisty Montgomery Soft Shell
Breeding Creek (hist.) Garner Mousie Spider
Brinkley Grigsby Nealy Sylvester (hist.)
Buckhorn (hist.) Hall Ogden Gap Tina
Carr Creek Handshoe Omaha Vest
Carr Fork (hist.) Hindman Pine Top Wiscoal
Carrie Hollybush Pippa Passes

Neighboring Counties

Knott County Kentucky Genealogy Resources


African American Research

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



Knott County Judicial Center, Hindman, Ky. Courtesy: Collection: County Court Houses, Flickr by Jimmy Emerson. Used by permission.
Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.


Historical populations
Census Pop.

For tips on accessing Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy census records online, see: Kentucky Census.


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.



Local Histories

Local histories are available for Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy. 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.





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




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 Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Knott County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Knott County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Knott County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Knott County, Kentucky page 272, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).