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Livingston County, Kentucky
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Livingston County, Kentucky Facts

When was Livingston County, KY Created?
Livingston County was created on December 13, 1798 from Christian County (Although Livingston was created 13 Dec 1798, county administration didn’t become effective until 21 May 1799).

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

What counties are adjacent to Livingston County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Hardin County, Illinois, Crittenden CountyLyon CountyMarshall CountyMcCracken CountyMassac County, Illinois, Pope County, Illinois.

Livingston County, KY Vital Records

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

Livingston County, KY Census Records

What Livingston County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Livingston County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790-189019001910192019301940.

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

Livingston County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Livingston County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Livingston County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Livingston 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 Livingston 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.

Livingston County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

  • Kentucky Genealogy Network Community (
  • Kentucky State Genealogy Network (
  • Livingston County, Kentucky Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Livingston County
  • Livingston County, Kentucky Genealogy Forum (
  • KYLIVING. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Livingston County, Kentucky. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • KYWEST. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the Western Kentucky counties of Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall, Trigg, Union, and Webster. Postings must have a connection to one of these counties. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • SWKY-NWTN. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the counties of southwest Kentucky (Fulton, Graves, Calloway, Trigg, Marshall, Hickman, Carlisle, Lyon, Livingston, Ballard, Caldwell, Crittenden) and northwest Tennessee (Obion, Weakley, Henry, Carroll, Benton, Dyer, Gibson, Humphreys). To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).

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

Livingston Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Livingston Co. KY General and History Websites

Livingston Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Livingston Co. KY Military Records