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Hart County, Kentucky
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Hart County, Kentucky Facts

When was Hart County, KY Created?
Hart County was created 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Hart County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Hardin County (north), LaRue County (northeast), Green County (east), Metcalfe County (southeast), Barren County (south), Edmonson County (southwest), Grayson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Hart County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bonnieville, Hardyville, Horse Cave, Munfordville, Rowletts, Uno.

Hart County, KY Vital Records

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

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.

Hart County, KY Census Records

What Hart County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Hart 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.

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 to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Hart County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Hart County Courthouse

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

  • 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.
  •  Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
  • Hart County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Hart County USGenWeb Archives Project

Hart County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Hart County, KY?
The following are web 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.

Hart Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Hart Co. KY General and History Websites

Hart Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hart Co. KY Military Records

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