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Knott County, Kentucky
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Knott County, Kentucky Facts

When was Knott County, KY Created?
Knott County was created on May 5, 1884 from Perry County, Breathitt County, Floyd County and Letcher County. Currently the county was named in honor of James Proctor Knott, twenty-ninth Governor of Kentucky (1883–1887).

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

What counties are adjacent to Knott County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Magoffin County (north), Floyd County (northeast), Pike County (east), Letcher County (south), Perry County (southwest), Breathitt County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Knott County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hindman, Pippa Passes, Hollybush.

Knott County, KY Vital Records

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

Knott County, KY Census Records

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

Knott 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

Knott County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Knott County Courthouse

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

  • Knott 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 446, Hindman, KY, 41822
    • Phone: (606) 785-0996
    • Marriage Records: 1884
    • Land Records: 1883
    • Probate Records: 1891
  • Knott County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Knott County Justice Center, 100 Justice Drive, P.O. Box 1317, Hindman, KY 41822-1317
    • Phone: (606) 785-5021
    • Court Records: 1888
  • Knott 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
  • Knott County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Knott County USGenWeb Archives Project

Knott County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Knott Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Knott Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Knott Co. KY General and History Websites

Knott Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Knott Co. KY Military Records

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