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Mercer County, Kentucky
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Mercer County, Kentucky Facts

When was Mercer County, KY Created?
Mercer County was created on December 15, 1785 from Lincoln County. Currently the county was named in honor of Hugh Mercer (1726–1777), Revolutionary War hero who was killed at the Battle of Princeton.

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

What counties are adjacent to Mercer County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Anderson County (north), Woodford County (northeast), Jessamine County (east), Garrard County (southeast), Boyle County (south), Washington County (west).

What cities and towns are in Mercer County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Burgin, Harrodsburg, Salvisa, Talmage-Mayo.

Mercer County, KY Vital Records

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

Mercer County, KY Census Records

What Mercer County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Mercer County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790, 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Mercer County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Mercer County Courthouse

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

Mercer County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Mercer Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Mercer Co. KY General and History Websites

Mercer Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Mercer Co. KY Military Records

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