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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kentucky]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Kentucky_Research:_Finding_Death_Information|Finding Death Information]]''  
  
 
== Finding Kentucky Death Records  ==
 
== Finding Kentucky Death Records  ==
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== '''Deaths 1911 to 1986'''  ==
 
== '''Deaths 1911 to 1986'''  ==
  
''Step One'' <br> '''First Try:'''  
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''Step One: Search the Index''<br> '''First Try:'''  
  
 
:*'''1911-1955''' {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955}} at FamilySearch - free
 
:*'''1911-1955''' {{RecordSearch|1417491|Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955}} at FamilySearch - free
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:*'''1911-1986''' [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ Kentucky Death Index for 1911-1986] on the University of Kentucky website - free
 
:*'''1911-1986''' [http://ukcc.uky.edu/vitalrec/ Kentucky Death Index for 1911-1986] on the University of Kentucky website - free
  
''Step Two'' <br>  
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''Step Two: Order the Certficate''&nbsp;<br>  
  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
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== '''Deaths 1987 to 2000'''  ==
 
== '''Deaths 1987 to 2000'''  ==
  
''Step One'' <br>  
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''Step One: Search the Index''<br>  
  
 
:*'''1911-2000''' [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3077 Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000] at Ancestry.com - ($)
 
:*'''1911-2000''' [http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3077 Kentucky Death Index, 1911-2000] at Ancestry.com - ($)
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If you do not have access to Ancestry.com check with your local Family History Center which might have a subscription.  
 
If you do not have access to Ancestry.com check with your local Family History Center which might have a subscription.  
  
''Step Two'' <br>  
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''Step Two: Order the Certificate''<br>  
  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
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== '''Deaths 2000 to Present'''  ==
 
== '''Deaths 2000 to Present'''  ==
  
''Step One'' <br>  
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''Step One: Search the Index''&nbsp;<br>  
  
 
:*'''1954-present''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|Social Security Death Index}} at FamilySearch - free; nationwide death index <br>
 
:*'''1954-present''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|Social Security Death Index}} at FamilySearch - free; nationwide death index <br>
  
''Step Two'' <br>  
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''Step Two: Order the Certificate''<br>  
  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
 
If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.  
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'''Microfilm Copy of Original Records'''<br>These records are also available on microfilm and can be ordered into a Family History Center. They are cataloged as '''Vital records''' in the pertinent county in the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog] Place Search, for example, '''Kentucky, Butler - Vital records'''.
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== '''Microfilm Copy of Original Records''' ==
  
'''Ordering Certificates - 1911 to the Present''' <br>You can order a copy of the death certificate from the [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/deathcert.htm Kentucky Department for Public Health] for a fee of $6.00. Visit their [http://chfs.ky.gov/dph/vital/deathcert.htm website] to obtain contact information.
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These records are also available on microfilm and can be ordered into a Family History Center. They are cataloged as '''Vital records''' in the pertinent county in the [http://familysearch.org/catalog-search Family History Library Catalog] Place Search, for example, '''Kentucky, Butler - Vital records'''<br>
  
=== 1700s to 1851  ===
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Many death records are little known and quite obscure. Be sure to look for mortuary records, burial permits, transportation records, funeral programs, obituaries, memorials and grave purchases in addition to death certificates or other formal records.  
 
 
No official death records were kept by Kentucky state or county governments during this period. To find death information on persons who died during these years, try these various alternative record types:
 
 
 
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| '''1. Look first in'''
 
| '''2. Then search'''
 
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| [[Kentucky Vital Records|Vital Records]], [[Kentucky Cemeteries|Cemeteries]], [[Kentucky Obituaries|Obituaries]], [[Kentucky Probate Records|Probate Records]]
 
| [[Kentucky Military Records|Military Records]], [[Kentucky Church Records|Church Records]], [[Kentucky Bible Records|Bible Records]], [[Kentucky Land and Property|Land and Property]], [[Kentucky Taxation|Tax Records]]
 
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=== Other Resources  ===
 
 
 
Many death records are little known and quite obscure. Be sure to look for mortuary records, burial permits, transportation records, funeral programs, obituaries, memorials and grave purchases in addition to death certificates or other formal records.<br><br>
 
 
 
If you do not find the person you are looking for, try various alternative record types:
 
 
 
{| width="100%" border="1"
 
|-
 
| '''1. Look first in'''
 
| '''2. Then search'''
 
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| Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries, Probate Records, Funeral Homes
 
| Military Records, Church Records, Bible Records, Land and Property, Tax Records
 
|}
 
  
=== Wiki Articles ===
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== Wiki Articles ==
  
 
:*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table ]]  
 
:*[[United States Record Selection Table|United States Record Selection Table ]]  

Revision as of 07:10, 9 April 2013

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Finding Kentucky Death Records


Next Step: When did the Death occur?

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Frequently Asked Questions about Death Records


Deaths 1700s to 1851

No official death records were kept by Kentucky state or county governments during this period. To find death information on persons who died during these years, try these various substitutes for death record information:

1. Look first in 2. Then search
Vital Records
Cemeteries
Obituaries
Probate Records
Military Records
Church Records
Land and Property
Tax Records
Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year

Deaths 1852 to 1910

County governments sporadically recorded deaths in Kentucky from 1852 to 1910.

First Try
Index and Online Records

If you do not have access to Ancestry.com check with your local Family History Center which might have a subscription.


Then Try
Index Only

Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year

Deaths 1911 to 1986

Step One: Search the Index
First Try:

If you are not successful,

Then Try:

Step Two: Order the Certficate 

If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.

Ordering Certificates - 1911 to the Present
You can order a copy of the death certificate from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a fee of $6.00. Visit their website to obtain contact information.

Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year

Deaths 1987 to 2000

Step One: Search the Index

If you do not have access to Ancestry.com check with your local Family History Center which might have a subscription.

Step Two: Order the Certificate

If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.

Ordering Certificates - 1911 to the Present
You can order a copy of the death certificate from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a fee of $6.00. Visit their website to obtain contact information.

Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year

Deaths 2000 to Present

Step One: Search the Index 

Step Two: Order the Certificate

If you find your ancestor in the index, order the certificate.

Ordering Certificates - 1911 to the Present
You can order a copy of the death certificate from the Kentucky Department for Public Health for a fee of $6.00. Visit their website to obtain contact information.

Go Back to the Top: Choose another death year


Microfilm Copy of Original Records

These records are also available on microfilm and can be ordered into a Family History Center. They are cataloged as Vital records in the pertinent county in the Family History Library Catalog Place Search, for example, Kentucky, Butler - Vital records

Many death records are little known and quite obscure. Be sure to look for mortuary records, burial permits, transportation records, funeral programs, obituaries, memorials and grave purchases in addition to death certificates or other formal records.

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