Kentucky Marriage Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search Kentucky marriage records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the Kentucky marriage records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain Kentucky marriage certificates is available below.

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Kentucky marriage records

Marriage records contain information about the marriage of two people, including the date of marriage, place of marriage, sometimes the names of the mothers and fathers, and even the people who witnessed the marriage. Marriage certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residences, and perhaps even the maiden names of the mothers.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Kentucky marriage records, Kentucky marriage licenses, Kentucky marriage indexes, Kentucky marriage announcements, and other related Kentucky genealogy records.

Marriage records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the marriage takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store marriage records into various online archives. This has brought access to online marriage records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of marriages, and in addition to marriage certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing marriage records of Kentucky. We also suggest searching for "Kentucky marriage records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Kentucky Marriage Certificates

Statewide vital records registration was first enacted in 1852 for the state of Kentucky. Compliance was minimal and the legislation was only in place for ten years. Sporadic maintenance was also performed between 1872-1910. Mandatory registration was again enacted as of January 1, 1911 for births and deaths. Marriage records have been kept on a county basis since the formation of each county, with some pre-dating official formation. State registration was required beginning in 1958. An every name index to births and deaths after 1911 exists at the Office of Vital Statistics.

For birth and death records prior to 1911, write:

Public Records Division
Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
300 Coffee Tree Road
P.O. Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

For birth and death records after 1911, and marriage records after 1958, write:

Department for Health Services
Office of Vital Statistics
375 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

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