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Kenton County, Kentucky
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Kenton County, Kentucky Facts

When was Kenton County, KY Created?
Kenton County was created on January 29, 1840 from Campbell County. Currently the county was named in honor of Simon Kenton (1755–1836), pioneer .

What is the County Seat of Kenton County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Covington and Independence additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Kenton County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Hamilton County, Ohio (north), Campbell County (east), Pendleton County (southeast), Grant County (southwest), Boone County (west).

What cities and towns are in Kenton County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bromley, Covington, Crescent Springs, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Elsmere, Erlanger, Fairview, Fort Mitchell, Fort Wright, Independence, Kenton Vale, Lakeside Park, Latonia Lakes, Ludlow, Park Hills, Ryland Heights, Taylor Mill, Villa Hills, Visalia.

Kenton County, KY Vital Records

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

Kenton County, KY Census Records

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

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

Kenton County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Kenton County Courthouse

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

  • Kenton 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: 303 Court St. Rm 103, Covington, KY, 41012
    • Phone: (859) 392-1650
    • Marriage Records: 1840 
    • Land Records: 1840
    • Probate Records: 1840
  • Kenton County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Kenton County Justice Center, 230 Madison Ave., 3rd Floor, Covington, KY 41011
    • Phone: (859) 292-6521
    • Court Records: 1840
  • Kenton 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
  • Kenton County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Kenton County USGenWeb Archives Project

Kenton County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Kenton Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Kenton Co. KY General and History Websites

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Kenton Co. KY Military Records

Kenton Co. KY Schools & Directories

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