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Fayette County, Kentucky
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Fayette County, Kentucky Facts

When was Fayette County, KY Created?
Fayette County was created on June 30, 1780 as one of the three original counties formed by Virginia. Currently the county was named in honor of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French-born Revolutionary War general .

What is the County Seat of Fayette County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Lexington (established on May 5, 1782) additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Fayette County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Scott County (north), Bourbon County (northeast), Clark County (east), Madison County (south), Jessamine County (south), Woodford County (west).

What cities and towns are in Fayette County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Lexington, Athens, Clays Ferry, Little Texas, South Elkhorn, Spears.

Fayette County, KY Vital Records

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

Fayette County, KY Census Records

What Fayette County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Fayette County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Fayette County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Fayette County Courthouse

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

Fayette County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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