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Bell County, Kentucky Facts

When was Bell County, KY Created?
Bell County was created on August 1, 1867 from Knox County and Harlan County. Currently the county was named in honor of Joshua Fry Bell, Kentucky legislator (1862–1867) .

What is the County Seat of Bell County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Pineville additionally, the county government website is www.bellcounty.ky.gov

What counties are adjacent to Bell County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Clay County (north), Leslie County (northeast), Harlan County (east), Lee County, Virginia (southeast), Claiborne County, Tennessee (south), Whitley County (southwest), Knox County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Bell County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Middlesborough, and Pineville .


Bell County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Bell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bell 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 Bell 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.


Bell County, KY Census Records

What Bell County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940. Bell Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Bell Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1870 and 1880. Bell 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


Bell County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Bell County Courthouse

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

  • Belld 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: 101 Courthouse Sq, Pineville, KY, 40977
    • Phone: (606) 337-6143
    • Marriage Records: 1867 
    • Land Records: 1867
    • Probate Records: 1869
  • Bell County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Farmer Helton Judicial Center, 101 Park Ave., P.O. Box 307, Pineville, KY 40977-0307
    • Phone: (606) 337-2942
    • Court Records: 1867
  • Bell 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.
  • Bell County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Bell County USGenWeb Archives Project

Bell County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Bell County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bell 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.

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

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