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Carter County, Kentucky
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Carter County, Kentucky Facts

When was Carter County, KY Created?
Carter County was created on April 10, 1838 from Greenup County and Lawrence County. Currently the county was named in honor of William Grayson Carter, Kentucky state senator (1834–1838) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Carter County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Greenup County (northeast), Boyd County (east), Lawrence County (southeast), Elliott County (south), Rowan County (southwest), Lewis County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Carter County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Denton, Grahn, Grayson, Olive Hill, Rush (Part).

Carter County, KY Vital Records

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

Carter County, KY Census Records

What Carter County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Carter 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.

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

Carter County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Carter County Courthouse

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

  • Carter 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: 300 West Main Street, Grayson, KY, 41143
    • Phone: (606) 474-5188
    • Marriage Records: 1838
    • Land Records: 1838
    • Probate Records: 1835
  • Carter County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Carter County Justice Center, 100 E. Main St., Grayson, KY 41143
    • Phone: (606) 474-5191
    • Court Records: 1838
  • Carter 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
  • Carter County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Carter County USGenWeb Archives Project

Carter County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Carter Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Carter Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carter Co. KY General and History Websites

Carter Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carter Co. KY Military Records

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