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Daviess County, Kentucky

Daviess County was established on January 14, 1815 from Ohio County (the county's borders were altered in 1829 to form Hancock County, in 1830 to absorb a small area surrounding Whitesville, in 1854 to cede land to McLean County, and in 1860 to annex forty-four square miles from Henderson County). Currently the county was named in honor of Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774–1811), lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe.

Currently the Daviess County Seat is situated in Owensboro additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Daviess County happen to be Warrick County, Indiana (northwest), Spencer County, Indiana (northeast), Hancock County (east), Ohio County (southeast), McLean County (southwest), Henderson County (west).

Cities and towns to be found in Daviess County comprise of Masonville, Owensboro, Whitesville .

Daviess 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 Daviess 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.

Daviess County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Daviess County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Daviess County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Daviess 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 Daviess 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 Daviess county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. No records were lost in a courthouse fire on 4 Jan 1865.

  • Daviessd 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: 212 St. Ann St., Owensboro, KY, 42302
    • Phone: (270) 685-8434
    • Marriage Records: 1815
    • Land Records: 1815
    • Probate Records: 1812
  • Daviess County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Holbrook Judicial Center, 100 E. 2nd St., P.O. Box 277, Owensboro, KY 42302-0277
    • Phone: (270) 687-7225
    • Court Records: 1822
  • Daviess 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.
  • Daviess County Elected Officials (

Daviess County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Daviess 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.

Daviess Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Daviess Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Daviess Co. KY Census Records

Daviess Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Daviess Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Daviess Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Daviess Co. KY General and History Websites

Daviess Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Daviess Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Daviess Co. KY Military Records

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