Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1963 is a free collection at FamilySearch.

This collection includes a searchable name index for online Kentucky Death Certificates. Statewide death registration began in 1911.


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What Can I Learn from Kentucky Death Records?

These records may include:

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Age of the deceased
  • Date of birth of the deceased
  • Race and Gender of the deceased
  • Occupation of the deceased
  • Date, time, and place of burial
  • Names of parents of the deceased and places of birth of parents
  • Name and address of the informant


How Can Death Records Help Me Find Other Records?

With Kentucky death records information you can:

  • Use the residence to search for land, tax, and court records
  • Look for the deceased person or parents in the state or federal census and put an entire family together
  • Use the person’s age or birth date and residence from census to search for birth records
  • Search for the person, spouse, parents, and witnesses in local city directories and extract any information the city directory provides
  • Use the person’s age to estimate draft registration date and find draft registration records or military service records
  • Extract surviving family member information from death records and research each family member


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