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Carter County, Kentucky

Carter County was established 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) .

Currently the Carter County Seat is situated in Grayson additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Carter County happen to be Greenup County (northeast), Boyd County (east), Lawrence County (southeast), Elliott County (south), Rowan County (southwest), Lewis County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Carter County comprise of Denton, Grahn, Grayson, Olive Hill, Rush (Part).

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.

Carter 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.

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 that can help with your research.

Carter County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Carter County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Carter 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 Carter 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 make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Carter County. The dates stated below tend to be the first widely known records in this county.

  • 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.
  • Carter County Elected Officials (
  • Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records 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 on Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky for current fees and application process.
    • Olive Hill Health Department, P.O. Box 728, Olive Hill, KY 41164; (606) 286-5588
    • Carter County Health Center, Route 60, P.O. Box 919, Grayson, KY 41143; (606) 474-5109
    • West Carter County Health Center,P.O. Box 728,Olive Hill, KY 41164
    • Little Sandy Health Department, 300 West Main Street (at Courthouse), Grayson, KY 41143; (606) 474-6685
    • Ordering Vital Records - You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for  Birth CertificateMarriage or Divorce CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.

Carter County Links

The following are 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Carter County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Carter Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Carter Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Carter Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Carter Co. KY Census Records

Carter Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Carter Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Carter Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Carter Co. KY General and History Websites

Carter Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Carter Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Carter Co. KY Military Records

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