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Breathitt County, Kentucky
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Breathitt County, Kentucky Facts

When was Breathitt County, KY Created?
Breathitt County was created on February 8, 1839 from Clay CountyEstill County and Perry County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Breathitt County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Wolfe CountyMagoffin CountyKnott CountyPerry CountyOwsley CountyLee County.

Breathitt County, KY Vital Records

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

Breathitt County, KY Census Records

What Breathitt County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Breathitt County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Breathitt County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Breathitt County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Breathitt County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Breathitt County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Kentucky courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Kentucky residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Breathitt County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Breathitt County Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

  • Kentucky Genealogy Network Community (
  • Kentucky State Genealogy Network (
  • Breathitt County, Kentucky Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Breathitt County
  • Breathitt County, Kentucky Genealogy Forum (
  • KYBREATH. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Breathitt County, Kentucky. Interested individuals may want to check out the Breathitt County KYGenWeb page. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • SE-KENTUCKY. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the Kentucky counties that border Tennessee, West Virginia and Virginia, and surrounding south eastern Kentucky counties (i.e., Whitley, Knox, Bell, Harlan, Clay, Leslie, Perry, Letcher, Knott, Breathitt, Pike, Floyd, Martin, Johnson, Morgan, Lawrence). To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • EASTERNKENTUCKY. A mailing list for all researchers who’s ancestors settled in or traveled through the state of Kentucky. Some of the counties covered are Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliot, Estill, Floyd, Greenup, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Magoffin, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Rowan, Whitley, Wolfe, and adjacent counties that represent the East Kentucky Coalfields. Additional information can be found on the East Kentucky Genealogy website. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).

What other genealogical resources are available in Breathitt County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Breathitt County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite genealogy or family history related sites.

Breathitt Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Breathitt Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Breathitt Co. KY General and History Websites

Breathitt Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Breathitt Co. KY Military Records