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Ohio County, Kentucky
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Ohio County, Kentucky Facts

When was Ohio County, KY Created?
Ohio County was created on December 17, 1798 from Hardin County. Currently the county was named for the Ohio River, which formed the county's northern border until the creation of Daviess and Hancock counties .

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

What counties are adjacent to Ohio County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Hancock County, Breckinridge County, Grayson County, Butler County, Muhlenberg County, McLean County, Daviess County.

What cities and towns are in Ohio County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Baizetown, Beaver Dam, Centertown, Cool Springs, Cromwell, Dundee, Echols, Fordsville, Hartford, Magan, McHenry, Pleasant Ridge, Prentiss, Rockport, Rosine.

Ohio County, KY Vital Records

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

Ohio County, KY Census Records

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

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

Ohio County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Ohio County Courthouse

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

  • Ohiod 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: 301 South Main Street, Hartford, KY, 42347
    • Phone: (270) 298-4422
    • Marriage Records: 1799
    • Land Records: 1798
    • Probate Records: 1799
  • Ohio County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Ohio County Community Center, 130 E. Washington, St., P.O. Box 67, Hartford, KY 42347-0067
    • Phone: (270) 298-3671
    • Court Records: 1799
  • Ohio 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
  • Ohio County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Ohio County USGenWeb Archives Project

Ohio County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Ohio Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Ohio Co. KY General and History Websites

Ohio Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ohio Co. KY Military Records

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