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Nicholas County, Kentucky Facts

When was Nicholas County, KY Created?
Nicholas County was created on December 18, 1799 from Bourbon County and Mason County. Currently the county was named in honor of George Nicholas (1743–1799), Revolutionary War colonel .

What is the County Seat of Nicholas County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Carlisle additionally, the county government website is www.nicholascounty.ky.gov

What counties are adjacent to Nicholas County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Robertson County (north), Fleming County (northeast), Bath County (southeast), Bourbon County (southwest), Harrison County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Nicholas County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Carlisle, East Union, Headquarters, Hooktown, Moorefield, Myers.


Nicholas County, KY Vital Records

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


Nicholas County, KY Census Records

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

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


Nicholas County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Nicholas County Courthouse

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

  • Nicholas 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., Carlisle, KY, 40311
    • Phone: (859) 289-3730
    • Marriage Records: 1800 
    • Land Records: 1800
    • Probate Records: 1800
  • Nicholas County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Nicholas County Courthouse, 125 Main St., P.O. Box 109, Carlisle, KY 40311-0109
    • Phone: (859) 289-2336
    • Court Records: 1796
  • Nicholas 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.
  • Nicholas County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Nicholas County USGenWeb Archives Project

Nicholas County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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