Kentucky Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Kentucky, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1843-1970
FamilySearch Resources
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Archive
Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City


What is in This Collection?

This index is an electronic index for the years 1843 to 1970. This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index or Vital Records Index collections.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970.

Collection Content

For details about the contents of these records and help using them see the wiki article Deaths and Burials Vital Record Index Collections (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Coverage Table

A coverage table for this collection is available in the wiki article Kentucky Deaths and Burials, Coverage Table (FamilySearch Historical Records)

What Can This Collection Tell Me?

The records in the collection usually contain the following information:

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Burial date
  • Burial place
  • Death date
  • Death place

The records may also include the following:

  • Age
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Race
  • Date of death
  • Marital status

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place of death
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find or verify their birth records and parents' names.
  • Use the death date or age along with the place of death to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment records or military records.
  • The name of the informant may be a relative. This can be helpful in identifying your ancestor.
  • The name of the officiator is a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records which often include the names and residences of other family members.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives of the deceased who may have died or been buried in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843-1970." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 24 October 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Record Citation:
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