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Powell County, Kentucky
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Powell County, Kentucky Facts

When was Powell County, KY Created?
Powell County was created on January 7, 1852 from Clark CountyEstill County and Montgomery County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Powell County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Montgomery CountyMenifee CountyWolfe CountyLee CountyEstill CountyClark County.

Powell County, KY Vital Records

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

Powell County, KY Census Records

What Powell County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Powell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Powell County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Powell County Courthouse

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

Powell County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

  • Kentucky Genealogy Network Community (
  • Kentucky State Genealogy Network (
  • Powell County, Kentucky Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Powell County
  • Powell County, Kentucky Genealogy Forum (
  • KYPOWELL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Powell County, Kentucky. 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).
  • CENTRAL-KY. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Central Kentucky including Boyle, Bullitt, Casey, Clark, Estill, Garrard, Hardin, Jackson, Jessamine, LaRue, Lincoln, Marion, Nelson, Russell, Taylor, and Powell Counties. The list also covers any central Kentucky area if the county is unknown. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode)

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

Powell Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Powell Co. KY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Powell Co. KY General and History Websites

Powell Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Powell Co. KY Military Records