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Bracken County, Kentucky
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Bracken County, Kentucky Facts

When was Bracken County, KY Created?
Bracken County was created on December 14, 1796 from Campbell County and Mason County. Currently the county was named in honor of William Bracken, trapper and frontiersman.

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

What counties are adjacent to Bracken County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Clermont County, Ohio, Brown County, Ohio, Mason County, Robertson County, Harrison County, Pendleton County.

What cities and towns are in Bracken County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Augusta, Brooksville, Germantown.

Bracken County, KY Vital Records

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

Bracken County, KY Census Records

What Bracken County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bracken County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bracken Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Bracken Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bracken Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bracken 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

Bracken County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Bracken County Courthouse

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

  • Brackend 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: 116 W. Miami St., Brooksville, KY, 41004
    • Phone: (606) 735-2952
    • Marriage Records: 1797
    • Land Records: 1797
    • Probate Records: 1797
  • Bracken County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Bracken County Courthouse, 116 W. Miami St., P.O. Box 205, Brooksville, KY 41004-0205
    • Phone: (606) 735-3328
    • Court Records: 1797
  • Bracken 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
  • Bracken County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Bracken County USGenWeb Archives Project

Bracken County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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