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McCracken County, Kentucky
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McCracken County, Kentucky Facts

When was McCracken County, KY Created?
McCracken County was created on January 15, 1825 from Hickman County. Currently the county was named in honor of Virgil McCracken, military captain killed at the Battle of Frenchtown .

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

What counties are adjacent to McCracken County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Massac County, Illinois (north), Livingston County (northeast), Marshall County (east), Graves County (south), Carlisle County (southwest), Ballard County (west).

What cities and towns are in McCracken County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Hendron, Lone Oak, Massac, Paducah, Reidland, Woodlawn-Oakdale.

McCracken County, KY Vital Records

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

McCracken County, KY Census Records

What McCracken County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for McCracken County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

McCracken County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

McCracken County Courthouse

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

McCracken County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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