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McCreary County, Kentucky Facts

When was McCreary County, KY Created?
McCreary County was created on March 12, 1912 from parts of Wayne County, Pulaski County and Whitley County. Currently the county was named in honor of James McCreary, thirty-seventh Governor of Kentucky (1912–1916) .

What is the County Seat of McCreary County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Whitley City additionally, the county government website is www.mccrearycounty.com

What counties are adjacent to McCreary County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Pulaski County (north), Laurel County (northeast), Whitley County (east), Scott County, Tennessee (south), Wayne County (west).

What cities and towns are in McCreary County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Pine Knot, Stearns, Whitley City.


McCreary County, KY Vital Records

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


McCreary County, KY Census Records

What McCreary County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for McCreary County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1920, 1930, 1940. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide


McCreary County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


McCreary County Courthouse

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

  • McCrearyd 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: Main St., Whitley City, KY, 42653
    • Phone: (606) 376-2411
    • Marriage Records: 1912 
    • Land Records: 1915
    • Probate Records: 1912
  • McCreary County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: McCreary County Courthouse, 1 N. Main St., P.O. Box 40, Whitley City, KY 42653-0040
    • Phone: (606) 376-5041
    • Court Records: 1912
  • McCreary 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.
  • McCreary County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • McCreary County USGenWeb Archives Project

McCreary County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

McCreary Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

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McCreary Co. KY Military Records

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