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Hardin County, Kentucky
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Hardin County, Kentucky Facts

When was Hardin County, KY Created?
Hardin County was created on December 15, 1792 from Nelson County. Currently the county was named in honor of John Hardin (1753–1792), pioneer .

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

What counties are adjacent to Hardin County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Harrison County, Indiana (north), Jefferson County (northeast), Bullitt County (northeast), Nelson County (east), LaRue County (southeast), Hart County (south), Grayson County (southwest), Breckinridge County (west), Meade County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Hardin County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Elizabethtown, Glendale, Fort Knox, Radcliff, Sonora, Upton - Partly in LaRue County), Vine Grove, West Point, Cecilia, Rineyville, Eastview, Stephensburg.

Hardin County, KY Vital Records

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

Hardin County, KY Census Records

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

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

Hardin County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Hardin County Courthouse

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

  • Hardind 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: 14 Public Sq., Elizabethtown, KY, 42702
    • Phone: (270) 765-2171
    • Marriage Records: 1793 
    • Land Records: 1793
    • Probate Records: 1793
  • Hardin County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Hardin County Justice Center, 120 E. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701
    • Phone: (270) 766-5000
    • Court Records: 1793
  • Hardin 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
  • Hardin County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Hardin County USGenWeb Archives Project

Hardin County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Hardin County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hardin 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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Hardin Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

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