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Knox County, Kentucky Facts

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

What is the County Seat of Knox County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Barbourville additionally, the county government website is www.knoxcountyky.com

What counties are adjacent to Knox County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Clay County (northeast), Bell County (southeast), Whitley County (southwest), Laurel County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Knox County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Barbourville, Corbin, North Corbin.


Knox County, KY Vital Records

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

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.


Knox County, KY Census Records

What Knox County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Knox County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available 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 to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide


Knox County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Knox County Courthouse

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

  • 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 (ky.gov)
  • Inventory of the county archives of Kentucky: Knox County  
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Knox County USGenWeb Archives Project

Knox County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Knox Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Knox Co. KY General and History Websites

Knox Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Knox Co. KY Military Records

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