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Leslie County, Kentucky
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Leslie County, Kentucky Facts

When was Leslie County, KY Created?
Leslie County was created on March 29, 1878 from Clay County, Harlan County and Perry County. Currently the county was named in honor of Preston Leslie, twenty-sixth Governor of Kentucky (1871–1875) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Leslie County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Perry County (north & east), Harlan County, Bell County, Clay County.

What cities and towns are in Leslie County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hyden, Stinnett, Wooton, Hoskinston, Hell for Certain.

Leslie County, KY Vital Records

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

Leslie County, KY Census Records

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

Leslie Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1880. Leslie Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1880. Leslie 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

Leslie County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Leslie County Courthouse

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

  • Leslie 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: 22010 Main St., Hyden, KY, 41749
    • Phone: (606) 672-4264
    • Marriage Records: 1878 
    • Land Records: 1879
    • Probate Records: 1873
  • Leslie County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Leslie County Courthouse, 22010 Main St., P.O. Box 1750, Hyden, KY 41749-1750
    • Phone: (606) 672-2503
    • Court Records: 1866
  • Leslie 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
  • Leslie County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Leslie County USGenWeb Archives Project

Leslie County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Leslie Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Leslie Co. KY General and History Websites

Leslie Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Leslie Co. KY Military Records

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