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Ballard County, Kentucky
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Ballard County, Kentucky Facts

When was Ballard County, KY Created?
Ballard County was created on February 15, 1842 from Hickman County and McCracken County. Currently the county was named in honor of Bland Ballard (1761–1853), hero of the Battle of Fallen Timbers and Battle of River Raisin.

What is the County Seat of Ballard County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Wickliffe additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Ballard County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Pulaski County, Illinois (north), McCracken County (east), Carlisle County (south), Mississippi County, Missouri (southwest), Alexander County, Illinois (west).

What cities and towns are in Ballard County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bandana, Barlow, Blandville, Kevil, La Center, Monkey's Eyebrow, Wickliffe.

Ballard County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Ballard County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ballard County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Ballard County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Ballard County, KY Census Records

What Ballard County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ballard County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Ballard Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Ballard Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ballard Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ballard Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Ballard County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Ballard County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ballard County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Ballard County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Ballardd County Clerk has three main responsibilities. One is the recording of Land records (the most common documents recorded are deeds, mortgage releases, entries, warrants, surveys, mortgages, assignments, and indexes), Probate records (may include such documents as wills, estates, letters of administration, administrators, executors, probate journals, probate packets, inventories, settlements, sales, accounts, guardianship, orphans, insolvent estates, bastardy, apprentices, insanity and adoptions) and Marriage Liscenses
    • Address: 132 N 4th St, Wickliffe, KY, 42087-0145
    • Phone: (270) 335-5168
    • Marriage Records: 1853 
    • Land Records: 1842
    • Probate Records: 1842
  • Ballard County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Ballard County Courthouse, 132 N. 4th St., P.O. Box 265, Wickliffe, KY 42087-0265
    • Phone: (270) 335-5123
    • Court Records: 1842
  • Ballard County Tax Information and Contacts. Some early tax schedules list watercourse, value and acreage of real estate, men over age twenty-one, young men between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one, slaves, and horses.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Ballard County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Ballard County USGenWeb Archives Project

Ballard County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Ballard County, KY?
A list of Ballard County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Kentucky Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Ballard County, KY Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Ballard County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Ballard County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Ballard Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ballard Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Ballard Co. KY General and History Websites

Ballard Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ballard Co. KY Military Records

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