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Owsley County, Kentucky
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Owsley County, Kentucky Facts

When was Owsley County, KY Created?
Owsley County was created on January 23, 1843 from Clay County, Estill County and Breathitt County. Currently the county was named in honor of William Owsley, Kentucky Secretary of State and later Governor of Kentucky (1844–1848) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Owsley County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Lee County (north), Breathitt County (east), Perry County (southeast), Clay County (south), Jackson County (west).

What cities and towns are in Owsley County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Booneville.

Owsley County, KY Vital Records

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

Owsley County, KY Census Records

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

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

Owsley County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Owsley County Courthouse

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

  • Owsleyd 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., Booneville, KY, 41314
    • Phone: (606) 593-5735
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1844
    • Probate Records: 1930
  • Owsley County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Owsley County Courthouse, 1 N. Court St., P.O. Box 130, Booneville, KY 41314-0130
    • Phone: (606) 593-6226
    • Court Records: 1923 (This is the date of the earliest existing record. Records are not on microfilm)
  • Owsley 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
  • Owsley County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Owsley County USGenWeb Archives Project

Owsley County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Owsley County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Owsley 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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Owsley Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

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Owsley Co. KY Military Records

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