Kentucky Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Kentucky death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Kentucky death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Kentucky death certificates is available below.

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Kentucky death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Kentucky death records, Kentucky death ceritificates, Kentucky death notices, Kentucky death indexes, and other related Kentucky genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of Kentucky. We also suggest searching for "Kentucky death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Kentucky Death Certificates

Statewide vital records registration was first enacted in 1852 for the state of Kentucky. Compliance was minimal and the legislation was only in place for ten years. Sporadic maintenance was also performed between 1872-1910. Mandatory registration was again enacted as of January 1, 1911 for births and deaths. Marriage records have been kept on a county basis since the formation of each county, with some pre-dating official formation. State registration was required beginning in 1958. An every name index to births and deaths after 1911 exists at the Office of Vital Statistics.

For birth and death records prior to 1911, write:

Public Records Division
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
P.O. Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

For birth and death records after 1911, and marriage records after 1958, write:

Department for Health Services
Office of Vital Statistics
375 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

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