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Perry County, Kentucky
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Perry County, Kentucky Facts

When was Perry County, KY Created?
Perry County was created on November 2, 1820 from Clay County and Floyd County. Currently the county was named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), Admiral in the War of 1812 .

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

What counties are adjacent to Perry County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Breathitt County (north), Knott County (northeast), Letcher County (southeast), Harlan County (south), Leslie County (west), Clay County (northwest), Owsley County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Perry County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Buckhorn, Cornettsville, Hazard, Vicco, Saul, Ary, Viper.

Perry County, KY Vital Records

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

Perry County, KY Census Records

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

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

Perry County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Perry County Courthouse

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

  • Perryd 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., Hazard, KY, 41702
    • Phone: (606) 436-4614
    • Marriage Records: 1821 
    • Land Records: 1821
    • Probate Records: 1901
  • Perry County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Perry County Hall of Justice, 545 Main St., P.O. Box 7433, Hazard, KY 41702-7433
    • Phone: (606) 435-6000
    • Court Records: 1831
  • Perry 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
  • Perry County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Perry County USGenWeb Archives Project

Perry County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Perry Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Perry Co. KY General and History Websites

Perry Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Perry Co. KY Military Records

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