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This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the [[GuidedResearch:Kentucky|Kentucky Guided Research]] page.
 
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=== Additional Databases and Online Resources ===
 
=== Additional Databases and Online Resources ===
*'''1847-1911:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1213 Kentucky, Birth Records] - ($)
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*'''1847-1911:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1213 <u>'''Kentucky, Birth Records'''</u>] at Ancestry ($)
*'''1911-2007:''' [http://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-kentucky-birth-index.html Kentucky Birth Records Index]
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*'''1911-2007:''' [http://www.archives.com/genealogy/records-kentucky-birth-index.html <u>'''Kentucky Birth Records Index'''</u>] at Archives
*'''1911-1999:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8788 Kentucky, Birth Index] - ($)
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*'''1911-1999:''' [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8788 <u>'''Kentucky, Birth Index'''</u>] at Ancestry ($)
  
 
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Substitute records can contain information about more than one event, and are used when records for an event are not available. Because the substitute records may not be created at the time of the event, it may contain incorrect information. Search for as many substitute records as possible to corroborate information found in substitute records to help improve accuracy.  
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Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.  
 
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| width="15%" | <center><u>[[GuidedResearch:Kentucky|Kentucky Death Guided Research]]</u></center>
| width="75%" | Go back to the Kentucky Guided Research page, and click on "Death". Death records may include the deceased individual's birthday or age at death is given, suggesting an approximate birthdate by subtracting the age from the death date.
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| width="75%" | Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.
 
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]] </center>
 
| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]] </center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | Tombstone inscriptions and records created when a deceased individual was interred in a cemetery.  
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| width="75%" | Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.  
 
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Census|Census Records]] </center>
 
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| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&localeSubcountryName=Kentucky&collection_id=(1420441%201420440%201877095%201803765%201803955%201786457%201803958%201401638%201473181%202000219%201810731%201488411%201727033%201325221%201417683%201438024)&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CKentucky%22 U.S. Census FS Collections]</u></center>
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| width="75%" | Census records from 1830 onward give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.   
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| width="75%" | Census records from 1850 onward give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.   
 
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Church Records|Church Records]] </center>
 
| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Church Records|Church Records]] </center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | Include baptism records, which occasionally give the individual's birthday. Also includes death and burial records, sometimes giving individual's age at death, allowing researchers to calculate approximate birth years. In order to access these records, researchers need to know the church their ancestor attended.
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| width="75%" | Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
 
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Newspapers|Newspapers]] </center>
 
| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Newspapers|Newspapers]] </center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | Contain obituaries. Before the 21st century, obituaries were mostly restricted to leading members of a community or for those who died in an unusual manner. While the majority of the population did not have their own obituaries, such records often give the individual's age at death, and sometimes include birth information.
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| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&localeSubcountryName=Kentucky&collection_id=(2311973%202333694%202367299)&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CKentucky%22 Kentucky Obituary FS Collections]</u></center>
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| width="75%" | Obituaries often include the birth date and place of the deceased.
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| width="75%" | Obituaries often include the birthdate and place of the deceased.
 
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| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Military Records|Military Records]] </center>
 
| width="10%" | <center>[[Kentucky Military Records|Military Records]] </center>
| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&localeSubcountryName=Kentucky&collection_id=(1932371%201932398%201916017%201877095%201936545%201937233%201932377%201471019%201922519%201932387%201910717%201932383%201919699%201916249%201979427%201987567%201916228%201979390%201825347%201979425%201913388%202250054%201880762%202069831%202546162%201968530%202028680%201861144%202250027%202729264)&query=%2Brecord_country%3A%22United%20States%22%20%2Brecord_subcountry%3A%22United%20States%2CKentucky%22 Kentucky Military FS Collections]</u></center>
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| width="15%" | <center><u>[https://www.familysearch.org/search/location/united-states-of-america/kentucky?recordType=5 Kentucky Military FS Collections]</u></center>
| width="75%" | May provide the age and/or birth date of the individuals who served in military positions.
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| width="75%" | Post-Civil War records may include the date and place of birth.
 
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| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
 
| width="15%" | <center>See Wiki page</center>
| width="75%" | May include dates of birth for family members.
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=== Tips for finding births ===
 
=== Tips for finding births ===
Success with finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points:
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:*'''Date range.''' Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
*Try searching with the state name only instead of by county.
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*If your ancestor's name is common, try adding more information to narrow the search.
 
 
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=== Known Record Gaps ===
 
=== Known Record Gaps ===
 
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Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published. Check the coverage table for the collections you searched which did not include your ancestor. Gaps in the online collection may require searches in other records or original birth records at an archive.
 
 
 
 
*[[Kentucky_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Coverage_Table|Kentucky Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Kentucky_Births_and_Christenings_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)#Coverage_Table|Kentucky Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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'''Records Destroyed'''<br>
[http://user.xmission.com/~jsvare/record_coverage/US_counties_records_loss.html United States Counties With Records Loss] shows which counties and when the loss happened. Zoom in to the state and click on a county marked in red to see date details.
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*[[Allen County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Allen County]]
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*[[Anderson County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Anderson County]]
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*[[Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Ballard County]]
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*[[Bath County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Bath County]]
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*[[Bell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Bell County]]
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*[[Boone County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Boone County]]
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*[[Bourbon County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Bourbon County]]
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*[[Boyle County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Boyle County]]
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*[[Bracken County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Bracken County]]
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*[[Breathitt County, Kentucky  Genealogy#Record Loss|Breathitt County]]
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*[[Breckinridge County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Breckinridge County]]
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*[[Butler County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Butler County]]
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*[[Caldwell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Caldwell County]]
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*[[Calloway County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Calloway County]]
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*[[Carlisle County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Carlisle County]]
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*[[Christian County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Christian County]]
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*[[Clay County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Clay County]]
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*[[Clinton County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Clinton County]]
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*[[Crittenden County, Kentucky  Genealogy#Record Loss|Crittenden County]]
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*[[Cumberland County, Kentucky  Genealogy#Record Loss|Cumberland County]]
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*[[Daviess County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Daviess County]]
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*[[Elliott County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Elliott County]]
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*[[Estill County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Estill County]]
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*[[Fayette County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Fayette County]]
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*[[Floyd County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Floyd County]]
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*[[Graves County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Graves County]]
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*[[Grayson County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Grayson County]]
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*[[Hardin County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Hardin County]]
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*[[Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Harlan County]]
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*[[Harrison County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Harrison County]]
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*[[Hart County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Hart County]]
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*[[Henry County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Henry County]]
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*[[Hopkins County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Hopkins County]]
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*[[Jackson County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Jackson County]]
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*[[Larue County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Larue County]]
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*[[Laurel County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Laurel County]]
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*[[Magoffin County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Magoffin County]]
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*[[Marion County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Marion County]]
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*[[Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Marshall County]]
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*[[Martin County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Martin County]]
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*[[McCreary County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|McCreary County]]
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*[[McLean County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|McLean County]]
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*[[Meade County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Meade County]]
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*[[Mercer County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Mercer County]]
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*[[Metcalfe County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Metcalfe County]]
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*[[Monroe County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Monroe County]]
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*[[Montgomery County, Kentucky  Genealogy#Record Loss|Montgomery County]]
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*[[Morgan County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Morgan County]]
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*[[Ohio County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Ohio County]]
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*[[Oldham County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Oldham County]]
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*[[Owsley County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Owsley County]]
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*[[Perry County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Perry County]]
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*[[Pike County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Pike County]]
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*[[Powell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Powell County]]
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*[[Pulaski County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Pulaski County]]
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*[[Rockcastle County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Rockcastle County]]
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*[[Rowan County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Rowan County]]
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*[[Russell County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Russell County]]
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*[[Scott County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Scott County]]
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*[[Simpson County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Simpson County]]
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*[[Spencer County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Spencer County]]
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*[[Taylor County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Taylor County]]
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*[[Trigg County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Trigg County]]
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*[[Trimble County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Trimble County]]
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*[[Warren County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Warren County]]
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*[[Washington County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Washington County]]
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*[[Wayne County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Wayne County]]
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*[[Whitley County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Whitley County]]
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*[[Wolfe County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Wolfe County]]
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*[[Woodford County, Kentucky Genealogy#Record Loss|Woodford County]]
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How to find birth records, marriage records and death records, Why Can't I Find the Record - Kentucky Births


This page will give you additional guidance and resources to find birth information for your ancestor. Use this page after first completing the birth section of the Kentucky Guided Research page.

Additional Online Resources

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Additional Databases and Online Resources






Substitute Records

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Additional Records with Birth Information

Substitute records may contain information about more than one event and are used when records for an event are not available. Records that are used to substitute for birth events may not have been created at the time of the birth. The accuracy of the record is contingent upon when the information was recorded. Search for information in multiple substitute records to confirm the accuracy of these records.

Use these substitute records to locate birth information about your ancestor:
Wiki Page
FamilySearch(FS) Collections
Why to search the records
Death Records
Kentucky Death Guided Research
Death records may include the birthdate or age of the deceased. With the age, a birthdate can be approximated. Click on the link to the left to return to the "Death" page.
Cemetery Records
See Wiki page
Gravestone inscriptions and cemetery records may include a birthdate.
Census Records
U.S. Census FS Collections
Census records from 1850 onward give ages of the recorded individuals, allowing researchers to calculate birth years.
Church Records
See Wiki page
Baptism records occasionally provide a birthdate. In addition, a death or burial record may include an age that can approximate a birthdate. To access church records, first determine the denomination.
Newspapers
See Wiki page
In addition to obituaries, newspapers publish notices of marriages, divorces, deaths, and funerals. In recent years, birth notices have also been published providing the names of the parents and sex of the child.
Obituaries
See Wiki page
Obituaries often include the birthdate and place of the deceased.
Military Records
Kentucky Military FS Collections
Post-Civil War records may include the date and place of birth.
Bible Records
See Wiki page
Family Bibles may include dates and places of birth for family members, however the accuracy of this information is contingent upon when the information was recorded.





Improve Searching

[hide]


Tips for finding births

Successfully finding birth records in online databases depends on a few key points. Try the following search suggestions:

  • Spelling variations. Your ancestor's name may be misspelled. Search with spelling variations for the first and last name of your ancestor.
  • Search parents. Search for the parents, if known, as the child's first name may not be on the birth record.
  • Search given name. Search by given name (leave out the last name) with the approximate date of birth.
  • Add information. For common names, add more information to narrow the search such as approximate birth date or parent's names if known.
  • Date range. Expand the date range of the search by 5 years.
  • Search state. Search using the state name only instead of by county.





Why the Record may not Exist

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Known Record Gaps

Records Start

  • Birth records begin in 1852 at the county level but registration was inconsistent.
  • 1911 Statewide Registration.
  • 1917 Compliance to Statewide Registration.


Records Published by FamilySearch
Collection coverage tables show the places and time periods of original records published by FamilySearch. For any FamilySearch collections you did not find your ancestor in, check the coverage table for gaps in the online collection. If the time period or location your ancestor lived in is missing from the collection, it may require searches in records found at original repository or finding substitute records for the event.


Records Destroyed
The following counties had record loss. Click on the county for more information.









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