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Boyd County, Kentucky
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Boyd County, Kentucky Facts

When was Boyd County, KY Created?
Boyd County was created on February 16, 1860 from Carter County, Lawrence County and Greenup County. Currently the county was named in honor of Linn Boyd, United States Congressman (1835–1837; 1839–1855) and Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1859) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Boyd County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Greenup County (northwest), Lawrence County, Ohio (northeast), Wayne County, West Virginia (east), Lawrence County (south), Carter County (west).

What cities and towns are in Boyd County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ashland, Cannonsburg, Catlettsburg, Coalton, Ironville, Meads, Princess, Rockdale, Rush, Summit, Westwood.

Boyd County, KY Vital Records

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

Boyd County, KY Census Records

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

Boyd Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1860. Boyd Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Boyd Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Boyd 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

Boyd County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Boyd County Courthouse

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

  • Boyd 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: 2800 Louisa Ave, Catlettsburg, KY, 41129
    • Phone: (606) 739-5116
    • Marriage Records: 1860 
    • Land Records: 1860
    • Probate Records: 1860
  • Boyd County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Boyd County Judicial Center, 2800 Louisa St., P.O. Box 688, Catlettsburg, KY 41129-0688
    • Phone: (606) 739-4131
    • Court Records: 1860
  • Boyd 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
  • Boyd County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Boyd County USGenWeb Archives Project

Boyd County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Boyd Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Boyd Co. KY General and History Websites

Boyd Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Boyd Co. KY Military Records

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