Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy

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

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Letcher County, Kentucky
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Founded March 3, 1842
County Seat Whitesburg
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County Courthouse

Beginning Dates for Letcher County, Kentucky Genealogy Government Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1842 1852 1850 1848 1871
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing
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Letcher County Courthouse
 101 W Main St; PO Box 58
Whitesburg, KY 41858-0058
Phone: 606.633.2432[1]


Parent County

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

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


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



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.
Est. 200823,890−5.5%

For tips on accessing Letcher 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.



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.



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



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



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.


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.

  • 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]
  • 1852-1859 - Letcher County Marriage Index 1852-1859. Batch M517611 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1875 - Letcher County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517614 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1876-1878 - Letcher County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517615 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  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.