Enter a name to search for Kentucky birth certificates. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to Kentucky birth certificates.. Additional information on how to obtain Kentucky birth certificates is available below.
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Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.
Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.
This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Kentucky birth records, Kentucky birth ceritificates, Kentucky birth notices, Kentucky birth indexes, and other related Kentucky genealogy records.
Birth 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 birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.
Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Kentucky. We also suggest searching for "Kentucky birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.
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How to Obtain Kentucky Birth 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
For birth and death records after 1911, and marriage records after 1958, write:
Department for Health Services
Personal check or money order should be made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (502) 564-4212. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at http://publichealth.state.ky.us/vital.htm.
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