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Powell County, Kentucky
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Founded January 7, 1852
County Seat Stanton
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Quick Dates

Powell County's civil records start the following years:

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Land Probate
1852   1852      

 *Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

County Courthouse

Powell County Kentucky Courthouse.jpg
 Powell County Courthouse
140 Washington Street
PO Box 548;
Stanton, KY 40380
Phone: 606.663.6444 

County Clerk has marriage, land and 
military records from 1864;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, probate and 
court records[1]


Parent County

1852--Powell County was created 7 January 1852 from Montgomery, Clark and Estill Counties.  County seat: Stanton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1864--A disaster destroyed most records.


Populated Places

Barker Branch Hatton Creek Pecks Creek Upper Cane
Black Creek Judy Piggville Vaughns Mill
Bowen Knowlton Powell Valley Virden
Cat Creek Lone Oak Rosslyn Waltersville
Clay City Morris Creek Slade Westbend
Crow North Bend South Fork
Fortner Old Lombard Spaas Creek
Happy Top Paint Creek Stanton

Neighboring Counties


African American Research

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



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


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 2,257
1870 2,599 15.2%
1880 3,639 40.0%
1890 4,698 29.1%
1900 6,443 37.1%
1910 6,268 −2.7%
1920 6,745 7.6%
1930 5,800 −14.0%
1940 7,671 32.3%
1950 6,812 −11.2%
1960 6,674 −2.0%
1970 7,704 15.4%
1980 11,101 44.1%
1990 11,686 5.3%
2000 13,237 13.3%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 federal population schedules of Powell 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.




Local Histories








Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Powell County, Kentucky page 274, {WorldCat|50140092|disp=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).


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