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Breathitt County, Kentucky

Breathitt County was established 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) .

Currently the Breathitt County Seat is situated in Jackson additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Breathitt County happen to be Wolfe County (northwest), Magoffin County (northeast), Knott County (east), Perry County (southeast), Owsley County (southwest), Lee County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Breathitt County comprise of Jackson.

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.

Breathitt County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 that can help with your research.

Breathitt County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Breathitt County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Breathitt 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 Breathitt 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 call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Breathitt county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The courthouse or the jail was burned during the Civil War by Confederate troops. A fire in 1873 destroyed most of the county's records.

  • Breathittd 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 (

Breathitt County Links

The following are 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.

Breathitt Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Breathitt Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Breathitt Co. KY Census Records

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Breathitt Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Breathitt Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Breathitt Co. KY General and History Websites

Breathitt Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Breathitt Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Breathitt Co. KY Military Records

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