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Graves County, Kentucky
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Graves County, Kentucky Facts

When was Graves County, KY Created?
Graves County was created on December 19, 1821 from Hickman County. Currently the county was named in honor of Benjamin F. Graves (1771–1813), army major killed at the Battle of Frenchtown.

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

What counties are adjacent to Graves County, KY?
Bordering Counties are McCracken County (north), Marshall County (northeast), Calloway County (southeast), Henry County, Tennessee (southeast), Weakley County, Tennessee (south), Hickman County (southwest), Carlisle County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Graves County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Dukedom, Mayfield, Water Valley, Wingo, Fancy Farm, Farmington, Symsonia, Lowes, Kaler, West Viola.

Graves County, KY Vital Records

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

Graves County, KY Census Records

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

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

Graves County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Graves County Courthouse

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

  • Gravesd 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: 101 East South Street, Mayfield, KY, 42066
    • Phone: (270) 247-1676
    • Marriage Records: 1887 
    • Land Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1882
  • Graves County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Graves County Courthouse, 100 E. Broadway, Suite 1, Mayfield, KY 42066
    • Phone: (270) 247-1733
    • Court Records: 1858
  • Graves 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
  • Graves County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Graves County USGenWeb Archives Project

Graves County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Graves Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Graves Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Graves Co. KY General and History Websites

Graves Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Graves Co. KY Military Records

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