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Pike County, Kentucky
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Pike County, Kentucky Facts

When was Pike County, KY Created?
Pike County was created on December 19, 1821 from Floyd County. Currently the county was named in honor of Zebulon Pike (1779–1813), western explorer and discoverer of Pike's Peak.

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

What counties are adjacent to Pike County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Martin County (north), Mingo County, West Virginia (east), Buchanan County, Virginia (southeast), Dickenson County, Virginia (south), Wise County, Virginia (south), Letcher County (southwest), Knott County (southwest), Floyd County (west).

What cities and towns are in Pike County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Cedarville, Coal Run Village, Elkhorn City, Mouthcard, Phelps, Pikeville, South Williamson.

Pike County, KY Vital Records

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

Pike County, KY Census Records

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

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

Pike County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Pike County Courthouse

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

  • Piked 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., Pikeville, KY, 41501
    • Phone: (606) 432-6211
    • Marriage Records: 1822
    • Land Records: 1788
    • Probate Records: 1839
  • Pike County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Pike County Hall of Justice, 172 Division St., P.O. Box 1002, Pikeville, KY 41502-1002
    • Phone: (606) 433-7557
    • Court Records: 1822
  • Pike 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
  • Pike County Elected Officials (
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Pike County USGenWeb Archives Project

Pike County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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