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Letcher County, Kentucky Facts

When was Letcher County, KY Created?
Letcher County was created on March 3, 1842 from Perry County and Harlan County. Currently the county was named in honor of Robert P. Letcher, fifteenth Governor of Kentucky (1840–1844) .

What is the County Seat of Letcher County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Whitesburg additionally, the county government website is www.letchercounty.ky.gov

What counties are adjacent to Letcher County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Knott County (northwest), Pike County (northeast), Wise County, Virginia (southeast), Harlan County (south), Perry County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Letcher County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Blackey, Fleming-Neon, Jenkins, McRoberts, Whitesburg.


Letcher County, KY Vital Records

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


Letcher County, KY Census Records

What Letcher County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Letcher 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.

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


Letcher County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Letcher County Courthouse

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

  • Letcher 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: 156 Main St. Ste.102, Whitesburg, KY, 41858
    • Phone: (606) 632-9282
    • Marriage Records: 1842
    • Land Records: 1842
    • Probate Records: 1866
  • Letcher County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Letcher County Courthouse, 156 Main St., Suite 201, Whitesburg, KY 41858
    • Phone: (606) 633-7559
    • Court Records: 1866
  • Letcher 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.
  • Letcher County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Letcher County USGenWeb Archives Project

Letcher County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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

Letcher Co. KY General and History Websites

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