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Jackson County, Kentucky
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Jackson County, Kentucky Facts

When was Jackson County, KY Created?
Jackson County was created on February 2, 1858 from Rockcastle County, Owsley County, Madison County, Clay County, Estill County and Laurel County. Currently the county was named in honor of Andrew Jackson, President of the United States (1829–1837) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Jackson County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Estill County (north), Lee County (northeast), Owsley County (east), Clay County (southeast), Laurel County (southwest), Rockcastle County (west), Madison County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Jackson County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Annville, McKee, Tyner.

Jackson County, KY Vital Records

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

Jackson County, KY Census Records

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

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

Jackson County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Jackson County Courthouse

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

  • Jacksond 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: P.O. Box 339, McKee, KY, 40447
    • Phone: (606) 287-4505
    • Marriage Records: 1858
    • Land Records: 1858
    • Probate Records: 1859
  • Jackson County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Jackson County Judicial Center, 100 First St., P.O. Box 84, McKee, KY 40447-0084
    • Phone: (606) 287-7783
    • Court Records: 1858
  • Jackson 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.
  • Jackson County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Jackson County USGenWeb Archives Project

Jackson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Jackson Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Jackson Co. KY General and History Websites

Jackson Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. KY Military Records

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