Kentucky Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Deaths were recorded on a pre-printed form. Certificates are arranged first by year, then by month, then alphabetically by county. Each year has sequential certificate numbers. Each month and the section of certificates between each month may include certificates for earlier months or years. In the last column of the index, the year date indicates the year where certificate can be found.
Beginning in 1852, death records were kept sporadically by individual counties and cities. In 1910, the Kentucky General Assembly passed a law to provide for the registration of births and deaths, which was instituted in 1911. By 1917, compliance with the law was about 90%.
These records cover the time period 1911-1955.
Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. Death certificates were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
Information regarding the event of death is usually reliable. Other information, such as the birthplace of an individual or names of the parents, is only as reliable as the knowledge of the informant.
Citation for This Collection
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- Office of Vital Statistics. Kentucky statewide deaths. Kentucky Office of Vital Statistic, Frankfort, Kentucky.
The information in the records may include the following:
- Name of the deceased
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Marital status
- Age at death
- Date of death
- Time of death
- Place of death
- Address of the deceased
- Parents’ names
- Places of birth of the parents
- Date of burial
- Place of burial
- Cause of death
- Name and address of the informant
How to Use the Records
Death certificates are the best source of death information. Information about the birth of the individual and names of the parents could lead to further information regarding the parents.
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"Kentucky, Death Records, 1911-1955." database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch,org: accessed 28 April 2011). Lena Hammond Stevens, died 24 June 1955; citing Kentucky, Death Records FHL microfilm 1,358,116; Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort, Kentucky, United States.