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Knox County, Kentucky

Knox County was established on December 19, 1799 from Lincoln County. Currently the county was named in honor of Henry Knox, United States Secretary of War (1785–1794) .

Currently the Knox County Seat is situated in Barbourville additionally, the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Knox County happen to be Clay County (northeast), Bell County (southeast), Whitley County (southwest), Laurel County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Knox County comprise of Barbourville, Corbin, North Corbin.

Knox 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 Knox 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.

Knox County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Knox County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Knox County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Knox 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 Knox 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 Knox County. The dates stated below tend to be the first widely known records in this county.

  • Knox 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: 401 Court Square, Ste.102, Barbourville, KY, 40906
    • Phone: (606) 546-3589
    • Marriage Records: 1800 
    • Land Records: 1800
    • Probate Records: 1803
  • Knox County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Knox County Courthouse Annex, 401 Court Square, P.O. Box 760, Barbourville, KY 40906-0760
    • Phone: (606) 546-3075
    • Court Records: 1800
  • Knox 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.
  • Knox County Elected Officials (

Knox County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Knox 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 Knox County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Knox Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Knox Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Knox Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Knox Co. KY Census Records

Knox Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Knox Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Knox Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Knox Co. KY General and History Websites

Knox Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Knox Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Knox Co. KY Military Records

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