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Harlan County, Kentucky
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Harlan County, Kentucky Facts

When was Harlan County, KY Created?
Harlan County was created on January 28, 1819 from Knox County (portions of its territory went to form Letcher, Bell, and Leslie counties). Currently the county was named in honor of Silas Harlan (1753–1782), army major in the Battle of Blue Licks.

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

What counties are adjacent to Harlan County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Perry County (north), Letcher County (northeast), Wise County, Virginia (east), Lee County, Virginia (southeast), Bell County (southwest), Leslie County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Harlan County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Benham, Cumberland, Dayhoit, Evarts, Harlan, Loyall, Lynch, South Wallins, Wallins Creek.

Harlan County, KY Vital Records

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

Harlan County, KY Census Records

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

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

Harlan County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Harlan County Courthouse

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

  • Harland 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: 210 E. Central St., Harlan, KY, 40831
    • Phone: (606) 573-3636
    • Marriage Records: 1820
    • Land Records: 1820
    • Probate Records: 1829
  • Harlan County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Harlan County Justice Center, 129 S. 1st St., P.O. Box 190, Harlan, KY 40831-0190
    • Phone: (606) 573-7114
    • Court Records: 1821
  • Harlan 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
  • Harlan County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Harlan County USGenWeb Archives Project

Harlan County Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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