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Bath County, Kentucky

Bath County was established on January 15, 1811 from Montgomery County. Currently the county was named for the Medicinal springs located within the county.

Currently the Bath County Seat is situated in Owingsville additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Bath County happen to be Fleming County (north), Rowan County (east), Menifee County (southeast), Montgomery County (southwest), Bourbon County (west), Nicholas County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Bath County comprise of Owingsville, Salt Lick, Sharpsburg.

Bath 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 Bath 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.

Bath County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bath Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Bath Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bath Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bath Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Bath County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Bath County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Bath County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Bath County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many Kentucky citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Bath County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Bath county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. No records seem to have been lost in a courthouse fire on 21 May 1864.

  • Bathd 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: 17 W. Main St., Owingsville, KY, 40360
    • Phone: (606) 674-2613
    • Marriage Records: 1811
    • Land Records: 1811
    • Probate Records: 1811
  • Bath County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Bath County Courthouse Annex, 19 E. Main St., P.O. Box 558, Owingsville, KY 40360-0558
    • Phone: (606) 674-2186
    • Court Records: 1811
  • Bath 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.
  • Bath County Elected Officials (

Bath County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bath 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Bath County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Bath Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bath Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Bath Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Bath Co. KY Census Records

Bath Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Bath Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Bath Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bath Co. KY General and History Websites

Bath Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Bath Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bath Co. KY Military Records

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