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Monroe County, Kentucky
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Monroe County, Kentucky Facts

When was Monroe County, KY Created?
Monroe County was created on January 19, 1820 from Barren County and Cumberland County. Currently the county was named in honor of James Monroe, President of the United States (1817–1825) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Monroe County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Barren County (northwest), Metcalfe County (northeast), Cumberland County (east), Clay County, Tennessee (southeast), Macon County, Tennessee (southwest), Allen County (west).

What cities and towns are in Monroe County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Fountain Run, Gamaliel, Tompkinsville.

Monroe County, KY Vital Records

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

Monroe County, KY Census Records

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

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

Monroe County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Monroe County Courthouse

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

  • Monroed 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: 200 N Main St Ste D, Tompkinsville, KY, 42167
    • Phone: (270) 487-5471
    • Marriage Records: 1863 
    • Land Records: 1863
    • Probate Records: 1861
  • Monroe County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Monroe County Justice Center, 300 N. Main St., Tompkinsville, KY 42167
    • Phone: (270) 487-5480
    • Court Records: 1862
  • Monroe 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
  • Monroe County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Monroe County USGenWeb Archives Project

Monroe County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Monroe Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Monroe Co. KY General and History Websites

Monroe Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Monroe Co. KY Military Records

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