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Rockcastle County, Kentucky Facts

When was Rockcastle County, KY Created?
Rockcastle County was created on January 8, 1810 from Pulaski County, Lincoln County, Knox County and Madison County. Currently the county was named for the Rockcastle River, the boundary between Rockcastle and Laurel County.

What is the County Seat of Rockcastle County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Mount Vernon additionally, the county government website is www.rockcastlecountyky.com

What counties are adjacent to Rockcastle County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Garrard County (northwest), Madison County (northeast), Jackson County (east), Laurel County (southeast), Pulaski County (southwest), Lincoln County (west).

What cities and towns are in Rockcastle County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Brodhead, Livingston, Mount Vernon.


Rockcastle County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Rockcastle County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Rockcastle 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 Rockcastle 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. Rockcastle County Health Department, P. O. Box 840, Mt. Vernon, KY 40456; 606-256-2242


Rockcastle County, KY Census Records

What Rockcastle County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Rockcastle County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Rockcastle County, KY Courthouse and Government Records


Rockcastle County Courthouse

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

  • Rockcastled 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: 205 East Main St., Box 6, Mt. Vernon, KY, 40456
    • Phone: (606) 256-4302
    • Marriage Records: 1852 
    • Land Records: 1865
    • Probate Records: 1855
  • Rockcastle County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Rockcastle County Courthouse Annex, 205 E. Main St., Room 102, Mount Vernon, KY 40456
    • Phone: (606) 256-2581
    • Court Records: 1873
  • Rockcastle 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.
  • Rockcastle County Elected Officials (ky.gov)
  • Will/Probate Record Request Form
  • BLM Land Records
  • Rockcastle County USGenWeb Archives Project

Rockcastle County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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