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Breathitt County, Kentucky Facts

When was Breathitt County, KY Created?
Breathitt County was created on February 8, 1839 from Clay County, Estill County and Perry County. Currently the county was named in honor of John Breathitt, eleventh Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834) .

What is the County Seat of Breathitt County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Jackson additionally, the county government website is www.breathittcounty.ky.gov

What counties are adjacent to Breathitt County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Wolfe County (northwest), Magoffin County (northeast), Knott County (east), Perry County (southeast), Owsley County (southwest), Lee County (west).

What cities and towns are in Breathitt County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Jackson.


Breathitt County, KY Vital Records

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


Breathitt County, KY Census Records

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

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


Breathitt County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Breathitt County Courthouse

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

  • Breathitt 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: 1137 Main St., Jackson, KY, 41339
    • Phone: (606) 666-3807
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1873
    • Probate Records: 1873
  • Breathitt County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Breathitt County Justice Center, 1131 Main St., Jackson, KY 41339
    • Phone: (606) 666-5768 or (606) 666-4342
    • Court Records: 1838
  • Breathitt 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.
  • Breathitt County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Breathitt County USGenWeb Archives Project

Breathitt County Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Breathitt County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Breathitt County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite genealogy or family history related sites.

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