How to Find Kentucky Birth Records
How to Find United States Birth Records Kentucky Births
Statewide registration of births began in 1911 in Kentucky with general compliance by 1917.
Next Step: When did the birth occur?
Births before 1852
Before 1852, no births were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s birth date and place.
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Births from 1852 thru 1910
In 1852, Kentucky passed a law requiring counties to record births. This law was repealed in 1862. Registration was again attempted from 1874 to 1879 and sporadically from 1892 to 1910. If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for birth information in other records.
For births that exist during the time period, try the following databases.
|Virginia Births, 1853-1917||FamilySearch - Free; most counties go to 1896|
|Virginia, Births, 1853-1896|| Ancestry Subscription - $; most counties go to 1896|
|Can't find your ancestor in the index?||Tips for searching indexes|
|No birth record for your ancestor?||Other records with birth information|
Obtain the Record
With approximate birth years and places (counties or cities), you can locate birth records from 1853-1896 yourself on microfilms available through the Library of Virginia and the Family History Library.
Delayed birth registrations for the years 1869-1912 are available at the Virginia Division of Vital Records (PDF file).
There are no restrictions on these records.
Births after 1910
Currently, there are no online indexes to Virginia births after 1912.
Obtain the Certificate
With full names, dates and places (cities or counties) of an event, you can order a copy of the birth certificate for a fee from the the Virginia Division of Vital Records (PDF file).
Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the birth certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:
- The person on the certificate
- The parent or grandparent of the person on the certificate
- The spouse of the person on the certificate
- The child of the person on the certificate
- The sibling of the person on the certificate
- The legal guardian of the person on the certificate
- Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
- NOTE: A copy of the birth certificate cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the birth.
If you do not want to order the birth record, there are other records with birth information you can search.