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Hart County, Kentucky

Hart County was established on January 28, 1819 from Hardin County and Barren County. Currently the county was named in honor of Nathaniel G. S. Hart (1784–1813), army major and lawyer captured at the Battle of Frenchtown.

Currently the Hart County Seat is situated in Munfordville additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Hart County happen to be Hardin County (north), LaRue County (northeast), Green County (east), Metcalfe County (southeast), Barren County (south), Edmonson County (southwest), Grayson County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Hart County comprise of Bonnieville, Hardyville, Horse Cave, Munfordville, Rowletts, Uno.

Hart 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 Hart 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.

Hart 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.

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

Hart County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Hart County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Hart 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 Hart 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 make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Hart county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Some records were lost in a courthouse fire on 3 Jan 1928.

  • Hartd 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: Main St Courthouse, Munfordville, KY, 42765
    • Phone: (270) 524-2751
    • Marriage Records: 1852 
    • Land Records: 1783
    • Probate Records: ?
  • Hart County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Hart County Judicial Center, 117 E. South St., P.O. Box 248, Munfordville, KY 42765-0248
    • Phone: (270) 524-5181
    • Court Records: 1819
  • Hart 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.
  • Hart County Elected Officials (

Hart County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Hart 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Hart County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Hart Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Hart Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Hart Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Hart Co. KY Census Records

Hart Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Hart Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Hart Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hart Co. KY General and History Websites

Hart Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Hart Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hart Co. KY Military Records

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