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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Letcher_County,_Kentucky|Letcher County]]''  
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky Genealogy|Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Letcher County, Kentucky|Letcher County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Letcher County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Letcher County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
 
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{{Click|Image:KY_ORP.png|Kentucky Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Letcher County, Kentucky#Vital_Records|Birth]]*'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Letcher County, Kentucky#Census|Census]]'''  
 
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[[Image:Letcher County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Letcher County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG]]  
 
[[Image:Letcher County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG|thumb|right|200px|Letcher County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG]]  
  
[http://www.letchercounty.ky.gov/ Letcher County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;101 W Main St; PO Box 58<br> Whitesburg, KY 41858-0058<br> Phone: 606.633.2432<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Letcher County, Kentucky page 272, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://letchercounty.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx Letcher County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;101 W Main St; PO Box 58<br> Whitesburg, KY 41858-0058<br> Phone: 606.633.2432<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Letcher County, Kentucky page 272, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1842'''--Letcher County was created 3 March 1842&nbsp;from [[Perry County, Kentucky|Perry]] and [[Harlan County, Kentucky|Harlan]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Whitesburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1842'''--Letcher County was created 3 March 1842&nbsp;from [[Perry County, Kentucky Genealogy|Perry]] and [[Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Harlan]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat: '''Whitesburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Kentucky county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/kentucky/ "Rotating Formation Kentucky County Boundary Maps"] (1776-1939) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-counties.html#courthouse Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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*[[Dickenson County, Virginia|Dickenson County, Virginia]]  
 
*[[Dickenson County, Virginia|Dickenson County, Virginia]]  
*[[Harlan County, Kentucky|Harlan]]  
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*[[Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy|Harlan]]  
*[[Knott County, Kentucky|Knott]]  
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*[[Knott County, Kentucky Genealogy|Knott]]  
*[[Perry County, Kentucky|Perry]]  
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*[[Perry County, Kentucky Genealogy|Perry]]  
*[[Pike County, Kentucky|Pike]]  
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*[[Pike County, Kentucky Genealogy|Pike]]  
 
*[[Wise County, Virginia|Wise County, Virginia]]
 
*[[Wise County, Virginia|Wise County, Virginia]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
[[Image:Kyletcher.png|thumb|right|400px|Kyletcher.png]]  
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[[Image:Kyletcher.png|thumb|right|400px]]  
  
 
==== African American Research  ====
 
==== African American Research  ====
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/letcher.html Letcher Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://usgwtombstones.org/kentucky/letcher.html Letcher Co. KY&nbsp;USGenWeb Tombstone Project] usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks.&nbsp;  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
 
*[http://205.204.134.47/cemetery.asp The KY Historical Society’s Cemetery Database]  
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/KY/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/ky/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-KY-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
 
*[http://kykinfolk.com/esh/ Naming the Forgotten] ~ Naming the Forgotten - The Eastern State Hospital Project  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Find A Grave] can be searched by the&nbsp;name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.&nbsp; Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.&nbsp; May&nbsp;give obituaries,&nbsp;names of&nbsp;family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1055 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Letcher County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
 
*Find A Grave also gives&nbsp;a [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=19&CScnty=1055 list of cemeteries in&nbsp;Letcher County] and links to the &nbsp;information&nbsp;for the&nbsp;individuals buried there,  
*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] lists {{FHL|742707|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Letcher County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
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*The [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog] lists {{FHL|742707|subject-id|disp=some&nbsp;records of&nbsp;cemeteries in&nbsp;Letcher County}}.&nbsp; Some of the books or others may be on [http://books.google.com/advanced_book_search Google Books] or available at public libraries.  
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4117&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=38&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Letcher County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
 
*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=4117&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=38&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk&nbsp;list of&nbsp;Letcher County cemeteries] gives the names of the cemeteries in the county with a link to more information such as address, phone number, and web site.
  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
{{KY Church Intro}}
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{{KY Church Intro}}  
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kygenweb/court/court.htm Abstracts of Early KY Court Cases] Abstracts of Early Supreme Court Cases ~ KYGenWeb Special Project  
*[http://courts.ky.gov/research/ Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
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*[http://recordsproject.com/court/kentucky.asp Kentucky Court of Justice Research &amp; Reference]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
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{{KY Land}}
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*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/admin/land/Pages/default.aspx The KY Land Office]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
{{KY History}}
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{{KY History}}  
  
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/kentucky/ Maps of Kentucky (1776-1939)]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/other/maps.html KYGenWeb compiled list of maps]  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/kymap.html Click on the county to go to the KYGenWeb site]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial] Korean War Memorial for Soliders from KY ~ KYGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kybath/korea.htm Korean War Memorial] Korean War Memorial for Soliders from KY ~ KYGenWeb  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/military/wwi/ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY] ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/military/wwi/ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from KY] ~ Fallen Soldiers in WWI from Kentucky
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===== Civil War  =====
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[13th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate)|13th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate)]], Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I.<br>
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*'''1912-1950''' {{RecordSearch|1916017|Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications 1912-1950}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Miscellaneous  ====
 
==== Miscellaneous  ====
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm
  
{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}
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{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}  
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*'''1871-1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Book 1 (1871-1905)|access=browse}} has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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{{KY Probate Intro}}  
  
==== Taxation ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
{{KY Tax Intro}}
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*'''1774 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9066 Kentucky Wills and Probate Records 1774-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1727 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|1875188|Kentucky Probate Records 1727-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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'''1871-1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Book 1 (1871-1905)|access=browse}} has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
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==== Taxation  ====
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{{KY Tax Intro}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
===== Birth =====
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{{KY Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/ky-vital-records/ How to order Kentucky Vital Records]
  
*'''1852-1859''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|C517611}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1874-1875''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517612}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1839-1960''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674843&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Births and Christenings] ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
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*'''1852-1859''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|C517611}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.</ref>  
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*'''1874-1875''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch {{IGI|C517612}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
 
*'''1875''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C517613}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1875''' - Letcher County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C517613}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
===== Marriage =====
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===== Marriage =====
  
*'''1852-1859''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517611}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1783-1979''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search
*'''1875''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517614}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1797-1954''' - {{RecordSearch|1804888|Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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*'''1852-1859''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch {{IGI|M517611}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
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*'''1875''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517614}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />  
 
*'''1876-1878''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517615}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
 
*'''1876-1878''' - Letcher County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517615}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1973-2000''' - [http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records&nbsp; 1973 - 2000]&nbsp; ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000
  
===== Unsorted =====
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===== Death =====
  
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project
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*'''1843-1970''' - [https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674848&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Deaths and Burials] ~ KY Deaths and Burials 1843 - 1970
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674843&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Births &amp; Christenings] ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
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*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project
*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674848&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Deaths &amp; Burials] ~ KY Deaths &amp; Burials 1843 - 1970  
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*[https://familysearch.org/s/collection/show#uri=http://search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1674849&hash=Mrd8SMocDIIen2Q83tu%252B82PRagg%253D KY Marriage Records] ~ KY Marriages 1783 - 1979 ~ Family Search
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/vitals/index.html Searchable KY Vital Records] ~ Searchable databases of KY Births, Deaths &amp; Marriages
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ky/marriage/search.cgi Kentucky Marriage Records&nbsp; 1973 - 2000]&nbsp; ~ Kentucky Marriage Records - 1973 - 2000
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*[http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases
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*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1973-1993''' - [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ KY Divorces 1973 - 1993] ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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==== Web Sites  ====
 
==== Web Sites  ====
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/kentucky/letcher-county/ Letcher County, KY History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://kygenweb.net/ KYGenWeb project]. Has maps, name indexes, history or other information for each county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kencucky Website]  
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*[http://kentucky.gov/Pages/home.aspx State of Kentucky Website]  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/kyfiles.html USGenWeb Kentucky Archives] ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/ky/kyfiles.html USGenWeb Kentucky Archives] ~ Kentucky in the USGenWeb Archives ~ Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org The USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org The USGenWeb project] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Letcher|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Kentucky%2C+Letcher|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Letcher/ Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Letcher/ Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://kentucky-genealogy.com/Letcher-County-Genealogy.htm Letcher County KY Genealogy] (Kentucky Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 20:57, 25 January 2016

United States  Gotoarrow.png  Kentucky  Gotoarrow.png  Letcher County

Guide to Letcher County, Kentucky ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Letcher County, Kentucky
Map
Map of Kentucky highlighting Letcher County
Location in the state of Kentucky
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Location of Kentucky in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 3, 1842
County Seat Whitesburg
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852 1842 1852 1850 1848 1871
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
Letcher County, Kentucky Courthouse.JPG

Letcher County Courthouse
 101 W Main St; PO Box 58
Whitesburg, KY 41858-0058
Phone: 606.633.2432[1]

History

Parent County

1842--Letcher County was created 3 March 1842 from Perry and Harlan Counties.  County seat: Whitesburg [2]

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

For a list of record loss in Kentucky counties see: Kentucky Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Adamson East Jenkins Jenkins Payne Gap
Banks Eolia Jeremiah Polly
Beefhide Ermine Kings Creek Roxana
Bellcraft Farraday Kona Sackett
Blackey Fleming Letcher Seco
Burdine Fleming-Neon Linefork Sergent
Carbon Glow Flint Lucastown Skyline
Carcassonne Gaskill Marlowe Southdown
Colson Gilley Mayking Thornton
Cromona Gordon McRoberts Tillie
Crown Hallie Millstone Tolliver Town
Day Haymond Milton (hist.) Ulvah
Deane Hubert (hist.) Neon Van
Defeated Creek Ice Neon Junction Whitaker
Democrat Indian Bottom (hist.) Oscaloosa Whitco
Dongola Isom Oven Fork Whitesburg
Dunham Jackhorn (hist.) Partridge

Neighboring Counties

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.
18502,512
18603,90455.4%
18704,60818.0%
18806,60143.3%
18906,9204.8%
19009,17232.5%
191010,62315.8%
192024,467130.3%
193035,70245.9%
194040,59213.7%
195039,522−2.6%
196030,102−23.8%
197023,165−23.0%
198030,68732.5%
199027,000−12.0%
200025,277−6.4%
Est. 200823,890−5.5%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21133.txt

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


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 Letcher 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.

Maps

Military

Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy 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 Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy:


- 13th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Confederate), Companies A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and I.


Miscellaneous

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy 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.

Online Probate Records

1871-1905 - Will Book 1 (1871-1905) has been digitized by FamilySearch - free.

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 Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Letcher 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. See also How to order Kentucky Vital Records


Birth
  • 1839-1960 - KY Births and Christenings ~ Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960 Family Search
  • 1852-1859 - Letcher County Birth Index 1852-1859. Batch C517611 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1874-1875 - Letcher County Birth Index 1874-1875. Batch C517612 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Letcher County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517613 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriage
Death
Divorce
  • 1973-1993 - KY Divorces 1973 - 1993 ~ Kentucky Divorce Records 1973 - 1993 ~ University of Kentucky Vital Records Databases

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Letcher 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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0b/Igikentuckygl.pdf.


 

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