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Whitley County, Kentucky
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Whitley County, Kentucky Facts

When was Whitley County, KY Created?
Whitley County was created on January 17, 1818 from Knox County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Whitley County, KY?
Bordering Counties are  Laurel CountyKnox CountyBell CountyClaiborne County, Tennessee, Campbell County, Tennessee, McCreary County.

Whitley County, KY Vital Records

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

Whitley County, KY Census Records

What Whitley County, KY census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Whitley County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18101820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Whitley County, KY Courthouse and Government Records

Whitley County Courthouse

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

Whitley County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

  • Kentucky Genealogy Network Community (
  • Kentucky State Genealogy Network (
  • Whitley County, Kentucky Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Whitley County
  • Whitley County, Kentucky Genealogy Forum (
  • KYWHITLE. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Whitley County, Kentucky. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • CUMBERLAND-RIVER. This mailing list is for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in the Cumberland River region of Southeast Kentucky. This includes the counties of Whitley, Wayne, Pulaski, Knox, and McCreary. 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 Whitley County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Whitley 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.

Whitley Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Whitley Co. KY General and History Websites

Whitley Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Whitley Co. KY Military Records