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Wolfe County, Kentucky

Wolfe County was established on March 5, 1860 from Owsley County, Breathitt County, Powell County and Morgan County. Currently the county was named in honor of Nathaniel Wolfe (1808–1865), member of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Currently the Wolfe County Seat is situated in Campton additionally, the county government website is unknown

Locations adjacent to Wolfe County happen to be Menifee County (north), Morgan County (northeast), Magoffin County (east), Breathitt County (southeast), Lee County (southwest), Powell County (northwest).

Cities and towns to be found in Wolfe County comprise of Bethany, Campton, Hazel Green, Lee City, Pine Ridge, Trent, Bear Pin, Mary Flatt road.

Wolfe 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 Wolfe 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.

Wolfe County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Wolfe Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Wolfe Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wolfe Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Wolfe Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Wolfe County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Wolfe County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Wolfe County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist frequently fail to notice the advantages of Wolfe County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of genealogical information and facts. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the dreams and frustrations of the many Kentucky citizens.

The odds are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Wolfe County court records. Even if your forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which may have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

Please make sure to speak to the clerk's dept to affirm hours, mailing address, fees and other particulars in advance of visiting or inquiring about information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of staff will help people in locating the materials, however it is up to the individual to do the researching.

The following facts indicates what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records are located in Wolfe county.  The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. Records were lost in courthouse fires in 1886 and 1913.

  • Wolfed 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: 10 Court St., Campton, KY, 41301
    • Phone: (606) 668-3492
    • Marriage Records: 1861 
    • Land Records: 1860
    • Probate Records: 1885
  • Wolfe County Clerk of the Circuit Court has countywide jurisdiction over major civil and criminal cases, divorces, and appeals from inferior courts.
    • Address: Wolfe County Courthouse, 10 Court St., P.O. Box 296, Campton, KY 41301-0296
    • Phone: (606) 668-3736
    • Court Records: 1818
  • Wolfe 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.
  • Wolfe County Elected Officials (

Wolfe County Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Wolfe 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Wolfe County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Wolfe Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wolfe Co. KY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wolfe Co. KY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Wolfe Co. KY Census Records

Wolfe Co. KY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wolfe Co. KY Church & Bible Records

Wolfe Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wolfe Co. KY General and History Websites

Wolfe Co. KY Immigration & Naturalization

Wolfe Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wolfe Co. KY Military Records

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